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SPH Alumni Courses - PHW219: Introduction to Survey Methods is a Course

SPH Alumni Courses - PHW219: Introduction to Survey Methods

Mar 9 - May 3, 2020
3.0 credits

$1,650 Enroll

Full course description

This course provides a thorough background in the design, administration, and interpretation of a range of survey strategies (e.g., telephone, face-to-face, mail and internet surveys) within the broader context of a research or evaluation project. Topics will include formulation of study aims, developing an appropriate research design, protection of human subjects and proper conduct of research, sample size calculations, recruitment strategies, survey administration, and development of an analysis plan. Class topics are designed to convey practical knowledge through topical lectures, group activities, partner feedback and a survey design project consisting of two parts: a survey instrument and a research plan.


Participation in this course will provide an opportunity to practice the following competencies:

  • Describe steps and procedures in public health research and evaluation

  • Apply evidence-based approaches in public health research and evaluation

  • Apply ethical principles to public health research and evaluation.



Week 1: Introduction to Survey Methods; Modes of Data Collection

Week 2: Research Questions, Hypotheses, and Study Designs: Moderators and Mediators

Week 3: Sampling and Populations; Sample Size Calculations

Week 4: Reliability and Validity; Developing Survey Questions and Scales

Week 5: Constructing Surveys: Cultural Adaptation of Surveys

Week 6: Pre-testing and Pilot Testing Surveys; Response Rates and Hard-to-R


Alumni completing this course will receive a Certificate of completion from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

Enrollment Cancellation Policy: 
Written cancellation notification must be emailed to sph_catalog@berkeley.edu prior to the start date of the class in which you are registered in order to qualify for a refund, less a 5% administrative fee.