The focus in Capstone I (during Year 1) is to teach students how to characterize the health concerns and problems of the community and how to identify the “upstream” causes of those concerns and problems. The present course is the second in the two-year sequence for Capstone 1, and prepares students for Capstone II (during Year 2), where they will conduct an original piece of research on an issue of concern in a community. In order to prepare students to conduct original research, we have two goals. First, we focus on how to identify and critically evaluate relevant research that has been reported by others. Second, we consider how to formulate hypotheses and conduct novel research. This course reviews the foundations of research and considers the essential features of solid research.
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