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Applied Research Methods in Health Sciences

Applied Research Methods in Health Sciences


Courses in this learning track address the ways in which health-related research is conducted, with the inclination for advancing critical-reasoning skills. Courses that comprise this learning track will introduce fundamental skills involved in research methodology determination and statistical analysis of data. Students will have the opportunity to build mixed methods research designs as well as learn to navigate the process of literature review and experimental design. Some courses hone in on discipline-specific research methodologies as well, allowing for application of experimental design to particular fields.

This track requires students to take a total of 5 courses; 4 Required and 1 Additional

Track Coordinator: Dr. Natalie Wagner

Required Courses

All of these courses must be taken for this track to be completed

HSCI 190 Introduction to Statistics for the Health Sciences is designed to introduce students to basic statistical concepts and techniques and provide them with practical skills for applying statistics to health sciences research.

BMED 270, Fundamentals of Health Research Methodology introduces fundamentals of health-related research methods with a focus on developing critical reasoning skills, using examples from a wide range of health-related research topics.

Prerequisites: Minimum 2nd year (Level 2) standing and one of STAT 263/3.0; BIOL 243/3.0; CHEE 209/3.0; ECON 250/3.0; GPHY 247/3.0; KNPE 251/3.0; NURS 323/3.0; POLS 385/3.0; PSYC 202/3.0; SOCY 211/3.0; STAT 267/3.0; STAT 367/3.0; COMM 162/3.0 or permission of the instructor

Instructor: Dr. Helene Ouellette-Kuntz

BCHM 370, Genetics and Genomics is an interdisciplinary course that will provide an introduction to the field of applied genomics for identifying genes underlying multifactorial traits, diseases, and drug treatment outcomes.

Prerequisites: Minimum 3rd year (Level 3) standing and one of (BCHM 218/3.0; BCHM270/3.0; BIOL 205/3.0)

Instructor: Dr. Qingling Duan

BMED 383, Advanced Research Methodologies will develop the understanding of the three primary types of research employed in health sciences: experimental quantitative, observational quantitative, and qualitative. For each approach, research procedures will be explored.

Prerequisites: Minimum 3rd year (Level 3) standing and (BMED 270/3.0 or EPID 301/3.0 or HLTH 252/3.0 or PSYC 203/3.0 or SOCY 210/3.0) or permission of the instructor


Additional Courses

Students must take at least ONE (1) of the following courses to complete this track

MICR 290, Antibiotic Resistance Lab : This immersive laboratory course is designed to give students the opportunity to develop basic research skills, learning about important microbiological and biochemical research techniques and applying them to the study of antibiotic resistance.

Corequisites:Minimum 2nd year (Level 2) standing, registration in a Health Sciences, Life Sciences, or Biochemistry degree plan, and one of (MICR 270/3.0; MICR 271/3.0).

Instructor: Dr. Christopher Lohans

BCHM 482, Proteomics and Metabolomics covers the basic principles of protemoics and metabolomics and their application in the new systems biology ‘omics’ approach to scientific discovery. This course will emphasize methodologies used and the applications in research and medical diagnostic settings.

Prerequisites: For BHSc students: Minimum 4th year (Level 4) standing and BCHM 218/3.0, BCHM 270/3.0 and BMED 370/3.0 or permission from the instructor. For non-BHSc students: BCHM 315/3.0 and BCHM 316/3.0 or BCHM 310/9.0 or permission of the instructor.

Instructor: Dr. Robert Campbell

IDIS 280, Interprofessional Approaches in Healthcare aims to prepare learners with the knowledge and capabilities for working within complex interprofessional environments that are common in the healthcare sector.

Prerequisites: Minimum 2nd year (Level 2) standing or permission of the instructor

Instructors: Dr. Rosemary Brander

IDIS 480, Advanced Interprofessional Approaches in Healthcare presents philosophies and methodologies crucial for safe and excellent teamwork in healthcare. It aims to prepare students with additional knowledge and advanced capabilities to work within complex interprofessional environments.

Prerequisites: Minimum 4th year (Level 4) standing in the BHSc program and IDIS 280/3.0 or permission from the instructor

Instructors: Dr. Rosemary Brander

BMED 390 Integrative Laboratory Studies is a two-week intensive multidisciplinary laboratory course conducted in-person on the Queen’s University campus in Kingston, Ontario.

Prerequisites: Minimum 3rd year (Level 3) standing and (one of PHGY 210/6.0 OR PHGY 214/6.0 OR [PHGY 215/3.0 and PHGY 216/3.0]), and (one of PHAR 230/3.0 OR PHAR 270/3.0 OR PHAR 340/3.0), or equivalent courses with permission from the instructor.

Instructors: Dr. Tomas Baldassare