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NURS 712 Conducting Rigorous Health Related Intervention Research
Credit hours: 3 per Semester
Cluster: Research Methodology,


Course Level: Doctoral

Course Type: PhD


Course Open to: PhD Students

Institution:Virginia Commonwealth University

Pre-requisites: none

Course Description: This course provides an in-depth examination of theoretical and methodological issues in the conduct of rigorous intervention research (e.g., clinical trials with human subjects, systems-level interventions, complex interventions). This course focuses on specific aspects of the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of health-related interventions, across the continuum of study designs/ phases. Students explore translational frameworks, hypothetical models, and the state of the science to guide the rigorous design and testing of interventions in order to address specific research questions.


Method of Instruction: blended

Delivery Platform: Canvas

Campus visits required: none

Course Contact: Fonda Neal



Tuition: $865/credit hour


Other considerations: On completion of the course, the student will be able to: 1. Critically examine methods to conduct rigorous intervention-based research, including research goals/ questions, translational research frameworks, and trial designs; 2. Analyze issues in developing and testing clinical interventions (e.g., hypothetical models, dosing, treatment fidelity, appropriate sample, comparators, recruitment, retention, adherence, stopping rules, reporting results); and, 3. Design a methodologically rigorous intervention study, building upon a critique of intervention studies related to the student’s area of interest, identifying gaps in the state of the science, and proposing future directions for intervention.


Available Seats by Semester for this course:


FALL 2020

Section: C01
Instructor: Patricia Kinser, PhD
Seats: 2
Credits: 3 / Semester
Start Date: 08-18-20
End Date: 12-07-20

FALL 2022

Section: C01
Instructor: Jane Chung, PhD
Seats: 3
Credits: 3 / Semester
Start Date: 08-23-22
End Date: 12-12-22

Funding to develop this project was provided in part by the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education
and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
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