SOM Preclinical Preceptorships

Course Title
Quantitative & Qualitative Methods
Course Number
Prerequisites: Successful completion of year 1 
      Additional Requirements: This course is for students in the 4-year MD/MPH.
Responsible Faculty Director:
Cara Pennel, DrPH, MPH
Other Faculty:
Denny Fe Agana-Norman, MD
Available Dates
• 4-week block: 5/23/2022 - 6/17/2022
Application Submission Deadline
Maximum Enrollment

Where and to whom the application should be submitted
 Please contact Dr. Cara Pennel at Only being offered to MD/MPH students.

Goals & Objectives
 This course will introduce students to quantitative and qualitative methods used in public health research and practice. The course will focus on principles and methods related to epidemiology and biostatistics, as well as a qualitative research methodologies and approaches. A flipped classroom hybrid course design will be utilized and will incorporate real-world case studies and scenarios to improve practice-based knowledge and skills. Application of the content to future research, policy, and practice will be integrated throughout the course. 1. Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice 2. Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a public health context 3. Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming, and software as appropriate 4. Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy, and practice.

Description of course activities
 The activities for this course include lectures, readings, discussions, homework assignments, and other assignments (Observational Study Review, Epidemiologic Study Assignment, Quantitative Methods Project Proposal, Data Analysis and Interpretation Project, and a Qualitative Analysis Assignment. Students will spend approximately three hours per day Monday through Friday meeting face-to-face with course faculty.

Method of student evaluation
Check all that apply - complete appropriate section(s) only:
1.  Clinical Observation
  A. Frequency - How often are students observed clinically?
    This course does not include any clinical activities.
  B. Format - What method(s) are used to document the student's clinical performance?
    Daily oral feedback   End of period oral feedback   Written feedback   Other

2.  Oral Presentation
  A. Audience - To whom does the student present?
    The student will present to the course faculty and classmates.
  B. Frequency / duration of presentation(s)?
    Two presentations that will each be approximately 15-20 minutes in length: 1. Qualitative Methods Project Proposal - student-selected topic 2. Qualitative Analysis Assignment - faculty-selected topics
  C. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's presentation?
    Clear assignment instructions will be posted on Blackboard for the students. They will be required to present an analysis plan for focus group or interview transcripts that are provided to them by faculty. In groups, students will present their analytical plan, including what software was used, draft findings, and interpretation of the findings into public health research, policy, and practice.
  D. Assessment - Who assesses the student's presentation performance?
    Self-assessment   Peer assessment   Faculty assessment
  E. Method of content selection
    Current cases   Student-selected topic   Assigned topic

3.  Written Assignment (H&P's, notes, papers, abstracts, etc.)
  A. Frequency of written assignment(s)?
    1. Observational Study Review - Individual assignment where students will choose an observational study to review using the STROBE (Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology) guidelines. 2. Epidemiologic Study Assignment - Individual assignment where students will design an epidemiologic study (to include: identification of an exposure and an outcome, articulating research question and hypothesis, proposing a study design, and developing a sampling plan) 3. Qualitative Methods Project Proposal - Group project where students will identify a public health related question/issue that must be answered using qualitative data collection. 4. Data Analysis and Interpretation Project -Individual project where students will generate descriptive statistics in Excel for a faculty-selected dataset and interpret those statistics into a summary report with implications/recommendations for future policy, practice, and research.
  B. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's written work?
    Each assignment will have clear guidelines and a rubric with the point breakdown. These rubrics will be posted on Blackboard.
  C. Length of written assignment(s)?
    Abstract   Annotated bibliography   1 - 2 page paper   3+ page paper
  D. Are recent references required?
    Yes           No
  E. Method of content selection - e.g. student-selected, relate to cases, etc.?
    Recent references may be required to complete assignments. Some references may be identified by students, while others may be provided by course faculty. Topics for written assignments are student selected. However, the topics will be selected by faculty for the data analysis and interpretation project
  F. Audience - Who assesses the studentís written performance?
    Peer Assessment     Faculty Assessment     Other

4.  Extra Course Activities
  What expectations do you have for the student to demonstrate participation in the course (e.g. small group activities, seminars, thoughtful questions, providing resources, journal club, etc.)?
    Students are expected to attend in-class sessions/lectures and to complete any outside readings, assignments, & activities. Students should be engaged in-class and participate in discussions if they take place.

5.  Other Modes of Evaluation
  Please explain below.


6.  Stipend Availability
  Yes           No           Maybe