Health Systems Research in Low and Middle-income Countries

Category: Methods for HPSR,
Institution:Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health
Country: United States
Region: Americas
Language: English
Audience: Masters Students,


Learning objectives

1. Articulate uses of HSR, and delineate between various kinds of health systems research 2. Develop health system research questions answered by different study designs depending on the type of investigation required 3. Describe the types of evidence derived from diverse methodological approaches to health systems research, and the types of stakeholders and participants involved 4. Describe a range of applications used for health systems research, and how to ensure rigor in the various applications (quasi-experimental methods, use of administrative data, facility surveys, implementation research, case studies, participatory/action research, ethnography, mixed methods) 5. Articulate how cross-cutting issues such as gender and human rights, and complex adaptive systems are applied to health systems research 6. Develop elements of research design and a policy influence and research uptake strategy.

Major topics covered

The course builds an understanding of the purpose and nature of health systems research (HSR) as a multi-disciplinary endeavor with diverse research goals. Participants will review the range of research questions, methodological approaches and study designs that health systems research encompasses, as well as cross-cutting issues pertinent to health systems research such as gender and human rights, complex adaptive systems, research rigor and policy uptake. The ability to develop different research strategies depending on the research question at hand and to read health systems research critically will be fostered throughout the course.

Teaching formats

Classroom lectures, independent reading

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