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Chapter 2

IHS 4504 Chapter Notes - Chapter 2: Institutional Review Board, Longitudinal Study, Health Belief Model

Interdis. Health Sciences
Course Code
IHS 4504
Jayanta Gupta

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Chapter 2: Finding a Topic and Getting Started
- One of the most difficult tasks for graduate student is often finding a research topic.
Finding a Topic
- It is iportat to start to idetify a researh topi early i oe’s graduate progra.
o One should not wait for the research methods class or research seminar to begin
thinking about the thesis or dissertation topic.
Literature Review
- A review of literature is typically the first place to start looking for research topics.
- Articles should be read not just to obtain the content but with the purpose of
developing questions about the work or critiquing the work.
- Modified replication: if in reviewing the literature one decides to do the same study as
someone else but change the population being studied or the instrument used.
- Strict replication: the researcher tries to duplicate the study in every way the
methodology if the original researcher to determine if the same result will occur.
o This would only be undertaken if the original research was thought to be
important to the field and the results were questionable.
Thesis/ Dissertation Defense Hearing
- Attending thesis and dissertation defense hearing presentations is another way to help
identify potential research topic.
- It might also be helpful to review the titles of research projects recently completed in
oe’s progra.
Professional Meetings
- Another way to identify potential research topics is to attend local, state, regional,
and/or national health education professional meetings.
Theories and Models
- Health belief model: originally devised to examine why people; now it has been
expanded to examine all types of health-related behaviors.
- Existing health behavior theories or models are another source for research topics
- Previous coursework a study may have taken could serve as the impetus for learning
about these theories and models upon which a research study could be based.
Work Setting
- Student are encouraged to think about their current or past employment settings and
the types of health education- related questions that need to be answered.
Local Contacts
- Another idea for identifying potential research projects is to contact health education
specialists working in the area and ask if they have any programs that need to be
evaluated or any ideas for research projects.
Funding Sources
- Foundations and other sources of grants and contracts are good places to look for
potential research topics.
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