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Master of Applied Health Services Research

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Admission to the Master of Applied Health Services Research has been suspended. An update will be available in early 2018. 


This program is intended for students who are interested in pursuing a career in health research. By the end of the program, the student will have a demonstrated grounding in scholarly research techniques, experience in the healthcare field through their residency placement, and eight courses in healthcare research.

The Master’s Degree in Health Services Research is a collaborative venture of Memorial University of Newfoundland, the University of New Brunswick, and the University of Prince Edward Island. The degree program provides knowledge and skills necessary to tackle complex health policy issues and contribute to the future of health services in Atlantic Canada. The Master’s is co-ordinated through the Atlantic Research Training Centre (ARTC).

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First Name:
Last Name:
E-mail Address:
Careers:
  • Director of Resident Care
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Professor
  • Communications Officer
  • Counsellor
The Master of Applied Health Services Research program office is located in the Kelley Memorial Building.
(902) 620-5120

A) PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

The following courses were designed and created specifically for the Master of Applied Health Services Research.

Compulsory Courses
AHS 6010 - Canadian Health System
AHS 6020 - Ethical Foundations of Applied Health Research
AHS 6030 - Research & Evaluation Design and Methods
AHS 6040 - Policy and Decision Making
AHS 6050 - Determinants of Health: Healthy Public Policy
AHS 6060 - Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
AHS 6070 - Knowledge Transfer and Research Uptake
AHS 6080 - Advanced Qualitative Methods
AHS 6090 - Advanced Quantitative Methods
AHS 6100 - Thesis
AHS 6110 - Directed Studies

Review of Progress

At the end of each semester, the academic record and progress of each student will be reviewed by the MAHSR Coordinator. The candidate must maintain an average grade of at least a B standing (see Grades in General Regulations section) in the compulsory courses in order to maintain registration in the program.

B) GRADES SCHEDULE

INC: A student who fails to complete all components of a course, such as assignments, examinations, and fieldwork, due to circumstances beyond his/her control (such as illness), may, with the permission of the professor and the Dean, be granted an amount of time deemed reasonable for the completion of said components.

If a student does not complete all the components of a course by the agreed-upon date, normally a grade of F shall replace INC on the transcript. The Registrar will advise the Department Chair that the grade of “F” requires a percentage grade for posting on the student transcript. In cases where the component left incomplete was not a requirement for passing the course, and where the student already has earned a passing grade without completing the component, the passing grade shall be submitted and shall replace INC on the transcript.

AUD: an “audited” course (additional courses only)
DISC: discontinued with permission

Seminar courses are graded as letter grades. In the thesis, the work is reported as either satisfactory or unsatisfactory.

C) THE THESIS

Research 
Normally, the equivalent of 12 months of continuous study must be devoted to research in fulfilment of the thesis requirement. In order to complete the degree within a reasonable time frame, the research topic should be identified early in the student’s program and approved by the Graduate Studies Committee by the second semester of the students' program. Research involving human subjects must be approved by the University’s Research Ethics Board.

Thesis Committee
Students will prepare a thesis proposal that outlines the particular area to be investigated. Normally this will happen during the first year of the program. An academic defence is required and, in addition, students will make a public presentation of their thesis research to decision-makers.

The thesis committee will include a decision-maker where appropriate, and could include faculty from more than one participating institution. The thesis topic chosen must take into account the research interests of faculty across the three sites, as well as the capacity of the program to provide appropriate research supervision. 

Thesis
Each candidate for the degree of Master of Applied Health Services Research is required to submit a thesis based upon research conducted under supervision as described in this section of the calendar. The thesis must demonstrate the student’s capacity for original and independent research, and should extend the knowledge base in the field under study.

General specifications as to paper, format, order, and binding are available from the Department of Applied Human Sciences. The student should consult frequently with the Supervisor and the Supervisory Committee when preparing the thesis. After the final draft has been read and approved by the members of the Supervisory Committee, four copies must be submitted to the Coordinator of Master of Health Services Research Program in the Department of Applied Human Sciences for dissemination to members of the Examining Committee. These copies must be submitted no later than four weeks prior to the student’s oral defence.

The Master’s Examination
The final oral examination, which is devoted chiefly to the defence of the thesis, is a Faculty examination identified as the Master’s Examination. Normally, the Examining Committee consists of the two members of the Supervisory Committee, one reader internal to the university, and one reader external to the university, who submits a written report attesting to the quality of the work. The coordinator of the MAHSR program selects the Examining Committee at the request of the Supervisor and appoints the Chair, and is responsible for notifying the Department of Applied Human Sciences of its composition.

Normally, the final oral examination is open to the public; however, members of the public may question the student only upon the invitation of the Chair of the Examining Committee. The examination is passed and the thesis approved if there is no more than one negative vote; an abstention is considered to be a negative vote. The Coordinator of the MAHSR program is responsible for reporting the result of the examination to the Department of Applied Human Sciences. The result is recorded as “Accepted as is,” “Accepted after minor revision,” “ Accepted after substantial revision,” or “Unacceptable.” The result “Accepted after minor revision” normally entails editorial changes. If the result is “Accepted after substantial revision,” the student may be given the opportunity by the Examining Committee to revise the thesis with or without defending again. If the thesis revision is successful, the thesis supervisor is to sign before the thesis is presented to the Masters of Applied Health Services Research (MAHSR) Coordinator. Four copies, including one unbound copy, should be presented to the MAHSR Coordinator. If the result is “Unacceptable,” the student may be given the opportunity by the Examining Committee to revise the thesis and to defend it again.

Submission of Thesis
When the thesis, in its final form, has been prepared after the final oral examination, the student will bring six unbound copies to the MAHSR Coordinator at least three weeks prior to Convocation.

Each copy must be submitted in a separate folder with the pages numbered and arranged in the appropriate order. The thesis must be free from typographical and other errors. All copies must include the Certificate of Approval signed by the Examination Committee and the members of the Supervisory Committee. Also included must be a brief Abstract and a copy of the circulation waiver and the copying licence.

When accepted by the MAHSR Coordinator, one copy will be retained for microfilming and for deposit in the University Library after being bound. A second copy will be released to the Department of Applied Human Sciences. A third copy will be released to the student’s supervisor and three copies will be released to the student.

Publication
The University requires publication of the thesis in the following manner:

One unbound copy of the thesis is forwarded to Library and Archives Canada, together with an agreement form signed by the candidate authorizing Library and Archives Canada to microfilm the thesis and to make microfilm copies available for sale on request. Library and Archives Canada will film the thesis exactly as it is and will list the thesis in Canadiana as a publication of Library and Archives Canada. A fee is charged by Library and Archives Canada to offset the cost of microfilming.

Library and Archives Canada’s Microfilm Agreement form will be sent to the candidate prior to the Master’s Examination, to be signed and submitted to the MAHSR Coordinator immediately after the successful completion of the examination.

The student, in consultation with the Supervisor and the MAHSR Coordinator, shall have the right to request that circulation and/or copying of the thesis in any form be withheld for up to one year.

Circulation and Copying of Thesis
In normal circumstances, as a condition of engaging in graduate study in the University, the author of a thesis grants certain licences and waivers in respect of the circulation and of copying of the thesis:

i. to the University Librarian: a waiver permitting the circulation of the thesis as part of the Library collection;
ii. to the University: a licence to make single copies of the thesis under carefully specified conditions; and
iii. to Library and Archives Canada: a licence to microfilm the thesis under carefully specified conditions.

Copyright Provision
Copies of the thesis shall have on the title page the words, “In partial fulfilment of requirements for the degree of Master of Applied Health Services Research.” The international copyright notice, which consists of three elements in the same line—the letter “C” enclosed in a circle; the name of the copyright owner (the student); and the year— should appear as a bottom line on the title page of the thesis.

Retention/Maintenance of Records
In the interests of good scholarly practice and in order to substantiate claims of intellectual property, graduate students should keep complete, dated records of their research. These records may be in the form of bound notebooks, log books, or other documentation, as appropriate to the discipline. Students should also retain copies of significant drafts and notes, and of all material submitted for evaluation, presentation, publication, or by the way of informal contribution to collaborative research projects. They must also realize that raw data and other research results should remain accessible at all times to all other members of any collaborative research activity.

Unacceptable Thesis
If a candidate is unable to prepare an acceptable thesis, the Supervisory Committee will so report to the MAHSR Coordinator and the Department of Applied Human Sciences (sending to the student a copy of the report).

Transcripts of Records
Official transcripts of the student’s academic record are available through the Registrar’s Office. Transcripts will be sent to other universities, to prospective employers, or to others outside the University only upon formal request by the student.

Overview

Admission to the Master of Applied Health Services Research has been suspended. An update will be available in early 2018. 


This program is intended for students who are interested in pursuing a career in health research. By the end of the program, the student will have a demonstrated grounding in scholarly research techniques, experience in the healthcare field through their residency placement, and eight courses in healthcare research.

The Master’s Degree in Health Services Research is a collaborative venture of Memorial University of Newfoundland, the University of New Brunswick, and the University of Prince Edward Island. The degree program provides knowledge and skills necessary to tackle complex health policy issues and contribute to the future of health services in Atlantic Canada. The Master’s is co-ordinated through the Atlantic Research Training Centre (ARTC).

Program Requirements

A) PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

The following courses were designed and created specifically for the Master of Applied Health Services Research.

Compulsory Courses
AHS 6010 - Canadian Health System
AHS 6020 - Ethical Foundations of Applied Health Research
AHS 6030 - Research & Evaluation Design and Methods
AHS 6040 - Policy and Decision Making
AHS 6050 - Determinants of Health: Healthy Public Policy
AHS 6060 - Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
AHS 6070 - Knowledge Transfer and Research Uptake
AHS 6080 - Advanced Qualitative Methods
AHS 6090 - Advanced Quantitative Methods
AHS 6100 - Thesis
AHS 6110 - Directed Studies

Review of Progress

At the end of each semester, the academic record and progress of each student will be reviewed by the MAHSR Coordinator. The candidate must maintain an average grade of at least a B standing (see Grades in General Regulations section) in the compulsory courses in order to maintain registration in the program.

B) GRADES SCHEDULE

INC: A student who fails to complete all components of a course, such as assignments, examinations, and fieldwork, due to circumstances beyond his/her control (such as illness), may, with the permission of the professor and the Dean, be granted an amount of time deemed reasonable for the completion of said components.

If a student does not complete all the components of a course by the agreed-upon date, normally a grade of F shall replace INC on the transcript. The Registrar will advise the Department Chair that the grade of “F” requires a percentage grade for posting on the student transcript. In cases where the component left incomplete was not a requirement for passing the course, and where the student already has earned a passing grade without completing the component, the passing grade shall be submitted and shall replace INC on the transcript.

AUD: an “audited” course (additional courses only)
DISC: discontinued with permission

Seminar courses are graded as letter grades. In the thesis, the work is reported as either satisfactory or unsatisfactory.

C) THE THESIS

Research 
Normally, the equivalent of 12 months of continuous study must be devoted to research in fulfilment of the thesis requirement. In order to complete the degree within a reasonable time frame, the research topic should be identified early in the student’s program and approved by the Graduate Studies Committee by the second semester of the students' program. Research involving human subjects must be approved by the University’s Research Ethics Board.

Thesis Committee
Students will prepare a thesis proposal that outlines the particular area to be investigated. Normally this will happen during the first year of the program. An academic defence is required and, in addition, students will make a public presentation of their thesis research to decision-makers.

The thesis committee will include a decision-maker where appropriate, and could include faculty from more than one participating institution. The thesis topic chosen must take into account the research interests of faculty across the three sites, as well as the capacity of the program to provide appropriate research supervision. 

Thesis
Each candidate for the degree of Master of Applied Health Services Research is required to submit a thesis based upon research conducted under supervision as described in this section of the calendar. The thesis must demonstrate the student’s capacity for original and independent research, and should extend the knowledge base in the field under study.

General specifications as to paper, format, order, and binding are available from the Department of Applied Human Sciences. The student should consult frequently with the Supervisor and the Supervisory Committee when preparing the thesis. After the final draft has been read and approved by the members of the Supervisory Committee, four copies must be submitted to the Coordinator of Master of Health Services Research Program in the Department of Applied Human Sciences for dissemination to members of the Examining Committee. These copies must be submitted no later than four weeks prior to the student’s oral defence.

The Master’s Examination
The final oral examination, which is devoted chiefly to the defence of the thesis, is a Faculty examination identified as the Master’s Examination. Normally, the Examining Committee consists of the two members of the Supervisory Committee, one reader internal to the university, and one reader external to the university, who submits a written report attesting to the quality of the work. The coordinator of the MAHSR program selects the Examining Committee at the request of the Supervisor and appoints the Chair, and is responsible for notifying the Department of Applied Human Sciences of its composition.

Normally, the final oral examination is open to the public; however, members of the public may question the student only upon the invitation of the Chair of the Examining Committee. The examination is passed and the thesis approved if there is no more than one negative vote; an abstention is considered to be a negative vote. The Coordinator of the MAHSR program is responsible for reporting the result of the examination to the Department of Applied Human Sciences. The result is recorded as “Accepted as is,” “Accepted after minor revision,” “ Accepted after substantial revision,” or “Unacceptable.” The result “Accepted after minor revision” normally entails editorial changes. If the result is “Accepted after substantial revision,” the student may be given the opportunity by the Examining Committee to revise the thesis with or without defending again. If the thesis revision is successful, the thesis supervisor is to sign before the thesis is presented to the Masters of Applied Health Services Research (MAHSR) Coordinator. Four copies, including one unbound copy, should be presented to the MAHSR Coordinator. If the result is “Unacceptable,” the student may be given the opportunity by the Examining Committee to revise the thesis and to defend it again.

Submission of Thesis
When the thesis, in its final form, has been prepared after the final oral examination, the student will bring six unbound copies to the MAHSR Coordinator at least three weeks prior to Convocation.

Each copy must be submitted in a separate folder with the pages numbered and arranged in the appropriate order. The thesis must be free from typographical and other errors. All copies must include the Certificate of Approval signed by the Examination Committee and the members of the Supervisory Committee. Also included must be a brief Abstract and a copy of the circulation waiver and the copying licence.

When accepted by the MAHSR Coordinator, one copy will be retained for microfilming and for deposit in the University Library after being bound. A second copy will be released to the Department of Applied Human Sciences. A third copy will be released to the student’s supervisor and three copies will be released to the student.

Publication
The University requires publication of the thesis in the following manner:

One unbound copy of the thesis is forwarded to Library and Archives Canada, together with an agreement form signed by the candidate authorizing Library and Archives Canada to microfilm the thesis and to make microfilm copies available for sale on request. Library and Archives Canada will film the thesis exactly as it is and will list the thesis in Canadiana as a publication of Library and Archives Canada. A fee is charged by Library and Archives Canada to offset the cost of microfilming.

Library and Archives Canada’s Microfilm Agreement form will be sent to the candidate prior to the Master’s Examination, to be signed and submitted to the MAHSR Coordinator immediately after the successful completion of the examination.

The student, in consultation with the Supervisor and the MAHSR Coordinator, shall have the right to request that circulation and/or copying of the thesis in any form be withheld for up to one year.

Circulation and Copying of Thesis
In normal circumstances, as a condition of engaging in graduate study in the University, the author of a thesis grants certain licences and waivers in respect of the circulation and of copying of the thesis:

i. to the University Librarian: a waiver permitting the circulation of the thesis as part of the Library collection;
ii. to the University: a licence to make single copies of the thesis under carefully specified conditions; and
iii. to Library and Archives Canada: a licence to microfilm the thesis under carefully specified conditions.

Copyright Provision
Copies of the thesis shall have on the title page the words, “In partial fulfilment of requirements for the degree of Master of Applied Health Services Research.” The international copyright notice, which consists of three elements in the same line—the letter “C” enclosed in a circle; the name of the copyright owner (the student); and the year— should appear as a bottom line on the title page of the thesis.

Retention/Maintenance of Records
In the interests of good scholarly practice and in order to substantiate claims of intellectual property, graduate students should keep complete, dated records of their research. These records may be in the form of bound notebooks, log books, or other documentation, as appropriate to the discipline. Students should also retain copies of significant drafts and notes, and of all material submitted for evaluation, presentation, publication, or by the way of informal contribution to collaborative research projects. They must also realize that raw data and other research results should remain accessible at all times to all other members of any collaborative research activity.

Unacceptable Thesis
If a candidate is unable to prepare an acceptable thesis, the Supervisory Committee will so report to the MAHSR Coordinator and the Department of Applied Human Sciences (sending to the student a copy of the report).

Transcripts of Records
Official transcripts of the student’s academic record are available through the Registrar’s Office. Transcripts will be sent to other universities, to prospective employers, or to others outside the University only upon formal request by the student.

Overview

Admission to the Master of Applied Health Services Research has been suspended. An update will be available in early 2018. 


This program is intended for students who are interested in pursuing a career in health research. By the end of the program, the student will have a demonstrated grounding in scholarly research techniques, experience in the healthcare field through their residency placement, and eight courses in healthcare research.

The Master’s Degree in Health Services Research is a collaborative venture of Memorial University of Newfoundland, the University of New Brunswick, and the University of Prince Edward Island. The degree program provides knowledge and skills necessary to tackle complex health policy issues and contribute to the future of health services in Atlantic Canada. The Master’s is co-ordinated through the Atlantic Research Training Centre (ARTC).

Program Requirements

A) PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

The following courses were designed and created specifically for the Master of Applied Health Services Research.

Compulsory Courses
AHS 6010 - Canadian Health System
AHS 6020 - Ethical Foundations of Applied Health Research
AHS 6030 - Research & Evaluation Design and Methods
AHS 6040 - Policy and Decision Making
AHS 6050 - Determinants of Health: Healthy Public Policy
AHS 6060 - Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
AHS 6070 - Knowledge Transfer and Research Uptake
AHS 6080 - Advanced Qualitative Methods
AHS 6090 - Advanced Quantitative Methods
AHS 6100 - Thesis
AHS 6110 - Directed Studies

Review of Progress

At the end of each semester, the academic record and progress of each student will be reviewed by the MAHSR Coordinator. The candidate must maintain an average grade of at least a B standing (see Grades in General Regulations section) in the compulsory courses in order to maintain registration in the program.

B) GRADES SCHEDULE

INC: A student who fails to complete all components of a course, such as assignments, examinations, and fieldwork, due to circumstances beyond his/her control (such as illness), may, with the permission of the professor and the Dean, be granted an amount of time deemed reasonable for the completion of said components.

If a student does not complete all the components of a course by the agreed-upon date, normally a grade of F shall replace INC on the transcript. The Registrar will advise the Department Chair that the grade of “F” requires a percentage grade for posting on the student transcript. In cases where the component left incomplete was not a requirement for passing the course, and where the student already has earned a passing grade without completing the component, the passing grade shall be submitted and shall replace INC on the transcript.

AUD: an “audited” course (additional courses only)
DISC: discontinued with permission

Seminar courses are graded as letter grades. In the thesis, the work is reported as either satisfactory or unsatisfactory.

C) THE THESIS

Research 
Normally, the equivalent of 12 months of continuous study must be devoted to research in fulfilment of the thesis requirement. In order to complete the degree within a reasonable time frame, the research topic should be identified early in the student’s program and approved by the Graduate Studies Committee by the second semester of the students' program. Research involving human subjects must be approved by the University’s Research Ethics Board.

Thesis Committee
Students will prepare a thesis proposal that outlines the particular area to be investigated. Normally this will happen during the first year of the program. An academic defence is required and, in addition, students will make a public presentation of their thesis research to decision-makers.

The thesis committee will include a decision-maker where appropriate, and could include faculty from more than one participating institution. The thesis topic chosen must take into account the research interests of faculty across the three sites, as well as the capacity of the program to provide appropriate research supervision. 

Thesis
Each candidate for the degree of Master of Applied Health Services Research is required to submit a thesis based upon research conducted under supervision as described in this section of the calendar. The thesis must demonstrate the student’s capacity for original and independent research, and should extend the knowledge base in the field under study.

General specifications as to paper, format, order, and binding are available from the Department of Applied Human Sciences. The student should consult frequently with the Supervisor and the Supervisory Committee when preparing the thesis. After the final draft has been read and approved by the members of the Supervisory Committee, four copies must be submitted to the Coordinator of Master of Health Services Research Program in the Department of Applied Human Sciences for dissemination to members of the Examining Committee. These copies must be submitted no later than four weeks prior to the student’s oral defence.

The Master’s Examination
The final oral examination, which is devoted chiefly to the defence of the thesis, is a Faculty examination identified as the Master’s Examination. Normally, the Examining Committee consists of the two members of the Supervisory Committee, one reader internal to the university, and one reader external to the university, who submits a written report attesting to the quality of the work. The coordinator of the MAHSR program selects the Examining Committee at the request of the Supervisor and appoints the Chair, and is responsible for notifying the Department of Applied Human Sciences of its composition.

Normally, the final oral examination is open to the public; however, members of the public may question the student only upon the invitation of the Chair of the Examining Committee. The examination is passed and the thesis approved if there is no more than one negative vote; an abstention is considered to be a negative vote. The Coordinator of the MAHSR program is responsible for reporting the result of the examination to the Department of Applied Human Sciences. The result is recorded as “Accepted as is,” “Accepted after minor revision,” “ Accepted after substantial revision,” or “Unacceptable.” The result “Accepted after minor revision” normally entails editorial changes. If the result is “Accepted after substantial revision,” the student may be given the opportunity by the Examining Committee to revise the thesis with or without defending again. If the thesis revision is successful, the thesis supervisor is to sign before the thesis is presented to the Masters of Applied Health Services Research (MAHSR) Coordinator. Four copies, including one unbound copy, should be presented to the MAHSR Coordinator. If the result is “Unacceptable,” the student may be given the opportunity by the Examining Committee to revise the thesis and to defend it again.

Submission of Thesis
When the thesis, in its final form, has been prepared after the final oral examination, the student will bring six unbound copies to the MAHSR Coordinator at least three weeks prior to Convocation.

Each copy must be submitted in a separate folder with the pages numbered and arranged in the appropriate order. The thesis must be free from typographical and other errors. All copies must include the Certificate of Approval signed by the Examination Committee and the members of the Supervisory Committee. Also included must be a brief Abstract and a copy of the circulation waiver and the copying licence.

When accepted by the MAHSR Coordinator, one copy will be retained for microfilming and for deposit in the University Library after being bound. A second copy will be released to the Department of Applied Human Sciences. A third copy will be released to the student’s supervisor and three copies will be released to the student.

Publication
The University requires publication of the thesis in the following manner:

One unbound copy of the thesis is forwarded to Library and Archives Canada, together with an agreement form signed by the candidate authorizing Library and Archives Canada to microfilm the thesis and to make microfilm copies available for sale on request. Library and Archives Canada will film the thesis exactly as it is and will list the thesis in Canadiana as a publication of Library and Archives Canada. A fee is charged by Library and Archives Canada to offset the cost of microfilming.

Library and Archives Canada’s Microfilm Agreement form will be sent to the candidate prior to the Master’s Examination, to be signed and submitted to the MAHSR Coordinator immediately after the successful completion of the examination.

The student, in consultation with the Supervisor and the MAHSR Coordinator, shall have the right to request that circulation and/or copying of the thesis in any form be withheld for up to one year.

Circulation and Copying of Thesis
In normal circumstances, as a condition of engaging in graduate study in the University, the author of a thesis grants certain licences and waivers in respect of the circulation and of copying of the thesis:

i. to the University Librarian: a waiver permitting the circulation of the thesis as part of the Library collection;
ii. to the University: a licence to make single copies of the thesis under carefully specified conditions; and
iii. to Library and Archives Canada: a licence to microfilm the thesis under carefully specified conditions.

Copyright Provision
Copies of the thesis shall have on the title page the words, “In partial fulfilment of requirements for the degree of Master of Applied Health Services Research.” The international copyright notice, which consists of three elements in the same line—the letter “C” enclosed in a circle; the name of the copyright owner (the student); and the year— should appear as a bottom line on the title page of the thesis.

Retention/Maintenance of Records
In the interests of good scholarly practice and in order to substantiate claims of intellectual property, graduate students should keep complete, dated records of their research. These records may be in the form of bound notebooks, log books, or other documentation, as appropriate to the discipline. Students should also retain copies of significant drafts and notes, and of all material submitted for evaluation, presentation, publication, or by the way of informal contribution to collaborative research projects. They must also realize that raw data and other research results should remain accessible at all times to all other members of any collaborative research activity.

Unacceptable Thesis
If a candidate is unable to prepare an acceptable thesis, the Supervisory Committee will so report to the MAHSR Coordinator and the Department of Applied Human Sciences (sending to the student a copy of the report).

Transcripts of Records
Official transcripts of the student’s academic record are available through the Registrar’s Office. Transcripts will be sent to other universities, to prospective employers, or to others outside the University only upon formal request by the student.

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E-mail Address:
Careers: 
Director of Resident Care
Hospital Administrator
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Communications Officer
Counsellor
Course Level: 
600 Level
Courses: 

AHS 601 CANADIAN HEALTH SYSTEM
This course proposes to give an overview of the history of the Canadian Health System and its current organization, as well as an overview of other international health system models. The key concepts that will be explored in the Canadian Health System include legislation, institutions, funding structures, human resources, and guiding values. Other issues examined will be the factors affecting health services utilization, the measurement of health outcomes and their use for accountability, and a review of health information systems in Canada and the structures and instruments within them. Finally, current issues and trends relating to the Canadian Health Care system will be reviewed.
HOURS OF CREDIT: 3

AHS 602 ETHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF APPLIED HEALTH RESEARCH
This course will acquaint students with the ethical basis of health research, as well as the substantive issues that arise at the macro, meso, and micro levels in the design and conduct of research. A variety of approaches to ethical decision- making will be surveyed, with particular attention given to how various approaches might apply in the context of Atlantic Canada. Standard topics will be explored in this course, such as informed consent, privacy and confidentiality of health information, and conflicts of interest. Special attention will be given to issues of rural/urban split, respect for the integrity of communities, and the potential abuse of expert or professional authority.
HOURS OF CREDIT: 3

AHS 603 RESEARCH & EVALUATION DESIGN AND METHODS
In this course, students will become familiar with the research process, with the basic aim of developing skills to critically evaluate the work of others and to understand possible approaches in the design of their own research projects. The initial emphasis in the course will be on formulating research questions and determining strategies that may be used to address a particular research theme. As the course unfolds, the approach will switch to understanding how various qualitative and quantitative research techniques may be used to address research questions that the students have posed. The students will be assessed on “project” work, and will be required to submit a number of pieces of written work throughout the duration of the course. One of the key features of the course is that each time it is offered, a broad research topic will be chosen and students will target their work towards developing research questions and designing research plans to address specific aspects of this theme. In the initial offering of the course, this topic will be childhood obesity.
HOURS OF CREDIT: 3

AHS 604 POLICY AND DECISION-MAKING
In this course, students will explore the process of how Canadian Health Policy is developed, implemented, and evaluated. This course will also assist in building skills in the areas of research approach, critical appraisal, policy synthesis, and briefing notes. The course will follow a case-based approach to understand the implications of political, social, ethical, and economic policy.
HOURS OF CREDIT: 3

AHS 605 DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH: HEALTHY PUBLIC POLICY
This course will explore the development of the philosophy of the determinants of health, and identify the determinants of health and their relationship with health status. As the course unfolds, students will gain an understanding of the philosophical underpinnings, as well as understanding their inter-relationships. An understanding of the complexity of developing healthy public policy that addresses multiple determinants of health will be developed by students, as well as the consideration of the implications of policy from the perspective of the determinants of health.
HOURS OF CREDIT: 3

AHS 606 QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE METHODS
This course is divided into two broad sections. In the first section, the course will explore an introduction to qualitative and quantitative approaches. This part will highlight some of the critical issues involved in conducting applied health-related research. The second section will be an overview of statistical techniques that are appropriate to health-related research. It will provide students with some basic building blocks that they can use to carry out their own research and critically evaluate the work of others. Students will be introduced to SPSS in the Quantitative Methods section (this will be used extensively in the Statistics section).
HOURS OF CREDIT: 3

AHS 607 KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER AND RESEARCH UPTAKE
This course will explore the facilitators and barriers of using evidence in decision-making, as well as developing the students’ understanding of the conceptual, philosophical, and theoretical underpinnings of knowledge transfer and research uptake. Students will also learn how to create ongoing/ sustainable linkages with decision-makers and how to share research findings with academic and non-academic audiences. The course strengthens the program by providing students with skills to interact with stakeholders and facilitate the use of evidence in decision-making. Topics explored include Evidence-Based Decision-Making—barriers and facilitators, and why evidence is not used in decision-making. The course will look at how to encourage decision-makers to use research evidence through behavioural change, social marketing, and sustainable linkages.
HOURS OF CREDIT: 3

AHS 608 ADVANCED QUALITATIVE METHODS
In this course, students will gain an understanding of the use of qualitative research methods in applied health research. Students’ skills will be developed in the analysis of qualitative data, grant-proposal writing using qualitative data, and the critique of qualitative research. Topics explored include issues in qualitative approaches such as subjects/participants, ethical issues, representativeness, data trustworthiness, bias/perspective, researcher as an instrument, the designing of an analysis template, concurrent/non-current, and ethnography. Other topics explored include theoretical approaches to analysis, such as conflict analysis, feminist, deconstructionalist, thematic analysis, participatory action research, grounded theory, and case studies.
HOURS OF CREDIT: 3

AHS 609 ADVANCED QUANTITATIVE METHODS
This course will expose students to a variety of more advanced quantitative and statistical approaches to research methodology. The two main purposes of the course are to provide students with the tools to conduct advanced quantitative empirical research, and to further develop their ability to critically evaluate the work of others. Students will learn to examine issues and develop research strategies to begin to identify and answer important topics that need to be researched, and students will design a realistic appraisal of what can and cannot be achieved, given resource constraints.
HOURS OF CREDIT: 3

AHS 610 THESIS
Each student in the Master of Applied Health Services Research program is required, under the supervision of a Faculty Advisor and Thesis Committee, to write a thesis based on research into an approved topic. It must demonstrate the candidate’s ability to conduct original independent work, and include a critical evaluation of the principal works published on the subject of the thesis. It should make an original contribution to the body of knowledge in that field of study.
PREREQUISITE: Admission to the Master of Applied Health Services Research program
HOURS OF CREDIT: 6

AHS 611 DIRECTED STUDIES
This course will be developed with the student and professor focused on specific learning outcomes that enhance the student’s program.
 

Calendar Courses

AHS 601 CANADIAN HEALTH SYSTEM
This course proposes to give an overview of the history of the Canadian Health System and its current organization, as well as an overview of other international health system models. The key concepts that will be explored in the Canadian Health System include legislation, institutions, funding structures, human resources, and guiding values. Other issues examined will be the factors affecting health services utilization, the measurement of health outcomes and their use for accountability, and a review of health information systems in Canada and the structures and instruments within them. Finally, current issues and trends relating to the Canadian Health Care system will be reviewed.
HOURS OF CREDIT: 3

AHS 602 ETHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF APPLIED HEALTH RESEARCH
This course will acquaint students with the ethical basis of health research, as well as the substantive issues that arise at the macro, meso, and micro levels in the design and conduct of research. A variety of approaches to ethical decision- making will be surveyed, with particular attention given to how various approaches might apply in the context of Atlantic Canada. Standard topics will be explored in this course, such as informed consent, privacy and confidentiality of health information, and conflicts of interest. Special attention will be given to issues of rural/urban split, respect for the integrity of communities, and the potential abuse of expert or professional authority.
HOURS OF CREDIT: 3

AHS 603 RESEARCH & EVALUATION DESIGN AND METHODS
In this course, students will become familiar with the research process, with the basic aim of developing skills to critically evaluate the work of others and to understand possible approaches in the design of their own research projects. The initial emphasis in the course will be on formulating research questions and determining strategies that may be used to address a particular research theme. As the course unfolds, the approach will switch to understanding how various qualitative and quantitative research techniques may be used to address research questions that the students have posed. The students will be assessed on “project” work, and will be required to submit a number of pieces of written work throughout the duration of the course. One of the key features of the course is that each time it is offered, a broad research topic will be chosen and students will target their work towards developing research questions and designing research plans to address specific aspects of this theme. In the initial offering of the course, this topic will be childhood obesity.
HOURS OF CREDIT: 3

AHS 604 POLICY AND DECISION-MAKING
In this course, students will explore the process of how Canadian Health Policy is developed, implemented, and evaluated. This course will also assist in building skills in the areas of research approach, critical appraisal, policy synthesis, and briefing notes. The course will follow a case-based approach to understand the implications of political, social, ethical, and economic policy.
HOURS OF CREDIT: 3

AHS 605 DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH: HEALTHY PUBLIC POLICY
This course will explore the development of the philosophy of the determinants of health, and identify the determinants of health and their relationship with health status. As the course unfolds, students will gain an understanding of the philosophical underpinnings, as well as understanding their inter-relationships. An understanding of the complexity of developing healthy public policy that addresses multiple determinants of health will be developed by students, as well as the consideration of the implications of policy from the perspective of the determinants of health.
HOURS OF CREDIT: 3

AHS 606 QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE METHODS
This course is divided into two broad sections. In the first section, the course will explore an introduction to qualitative and quantitative approaches. This part will highlight some of the critical issues involved in conducting applied health-related research. The second section will be an overview of statistical techniques that are appropriate to health-related research. It will provide students with some basic building blocks that they can use to carry out their own research and critically evaluate the work of others. Students will be introduced to SPSS in the Quantitative Methods section (this will be used extensively in the Statistics section).
HOURS OF CREDIT: 3

AHS 607 KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER AND RESEARCH UPTAKE
This course will explore the facilitators and barriers of using evidence in decision-making, as well as developing the students’ understanding of the conceptual, philosophical, and theoretical underpinnings of knowledge transfer and research uptake. Students will also learn how to create ongoing/ sustainable linkages with decision-makers and how to share research findings with academic and non-academic audiences. The course strengthens the program by providing students with skills to interact with stakeholders and facilitate the use of evidence in decision-making. Topics explored include Evidence-Based Decision-Making—barriers and facilitators, and why evidence is not used in decision-making. The course will look at how to encourage decision-makers to use research evidence through behavioural change, social marketing, and sustainable linkages.
HOURS OF CREDIT: 3

AHS 608 ADVANCED QUALITATIVE METHODS
In this course, students will gain an understanding of the use of qualitative research methods in applied health research. Students’ skills will be developed in the analysis of qualitative data, grant-proposal writing using qualitative data, and the critique of qualitative research. Topics explored include issues in qualitative approaches such as subjects/participants, ethical issues, representativeness, data trustworthiness, bias/perspective, researcher as an instrument, the designing of an analysis template, concurrent/non-current, and ethnography. Other topics explored include theoretical approaches to analysis, such as conflict analysis, feminist, deconstructionalist, thematic analysis, participatory action research, grounded theory, and case studies.
HOURS OF CREDIT: 3

AHS 609 ADVANCED QUANTITATIVE METHODS
This course will expose students to a variety of more advanced quantitative and statistical approaches to research methodology. The two main purposes of the course are to provide students with the tools to conduct advanced quantitative empirical research, and to further develop their ability to critically evaluate the work of others. Students will learn to examine issues and develop research strategies to begin to identify and answer important topics that need to be researched, and students will design a realistic appraisal of what can and cannot be achieved, given resource constraints.
HOURS OF CREDIT: 3

AHS 610 THESIS
Each student in the Master of Applied Health Services Research program is required, under the supervision of a Faculty Advisor and Thesis Committee, to write a thesis based on research into an approved topic. It must demonstrate the candidate’s ability to conduct original independent work, and include a critical evaluation of the principal works published on the subject of the thesis. It should make an original contribution to the body of knowledge in that field of study.
PREREQUISITE: Admission to the Master of Applied Health Services Research program
HOURS OF CREDIT: 6

AHS 611 DIRECTED STUDIES
This course will be developed with the student and professor focused on specific learning outcomes that enhance the student’s program.
 

Calendar Courses

600 Level

AHS 601 CANADIAN HEALTH SYSTEM
This course proposes to give an overview of the history of the Canadian Health System and its current organization, as well as an overview of other international health system models. The key concepts that will be explored in the Canadian Health System include legislation, institutions, funding structures, human resources, and guiding values. Other issues examined will be the factors affecting health services utilization, the measurement of health outcomes and their use for accountability, and a review of health information systems in Canada and the structures and instruments within them. Finally, current issues and trends relating to the Canadian Health Care system will be reviewed.
HOURS OF CREDIT: 3

AHS 602 ETHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF APPLIED HEALTH RESEARCH
This course will acquaint students with the ethical basis of health research, as well as the substantive issues that arise at the macro, meso, and micro levels in the design and conduct of research. A variety of approaches to ethical decision- making will be surveyed, with particular attention given to how various approaches might apply in the context of Atlantic Canada. Standard topics will be explored in this course, such as informed consent, privacy and confidentiality of health information, and conflicts of interest. Special attention will be given to issues of rural/urban split, respect for the integrity of communities, and the potential abuse of expert or professional authority.
HOURS OF CREDIT: 3

AHS 603 RESEARCH & EVALUATION DESIGN AND METHODS
In this course, students will become familiar with the research process, with the basic aim of developing skills to critically evaluate the work of others and to understand possible approaches in the design of their own research projects. The initial emphasis in the course will be on formulating research questions and determining strategies that may be used to address a particular research theme. As the course unfolds, the approach will switch to understanding how various qualitative and quantitative research techniques may be used to address research questions that the students have posed. The students will be assessed on “project” work, and will be required to submit a number of pieces of written work throughout the duration of the course. One of the key features of the course is that each time it is offered, a broad research topic will be chosen and students will target their work towards developing research questions and designing research plans to address specific aspects of this theme. In the initial offering of the course, this topic will be childhood obesity.
HOURS OF CREDIT: 3

AHS 604 POLICY AND DECISION-MAKING
In this course, students will explore the process of how Canadian Health Policy is developed, implemented, and evaluated. This course will also assist in building skills in the areas of research approach, critical appraisal, policy synthesis, and briefing notes. The course will follow a case-based approach to understand the implications of political, social, ethical, and economic policy.
HOURS OF CREDIT: 3

AHS 605 DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH: HEALTHY PUBLIC POLICY
This course will explore the development of the philosophy of the determinants of health, and identify the determinants of health and their relationship with health status. As the course unfolds, students will gain an understanding of the philosophical underpinnings, as well as understanding their inter-relationships. An understanding of the complexity of developing healthy public policy that addresses multiple determinants of health will be developed by students, as well as the consideration of the implications of policy from the perspective of the determinants of health.
HOURS OF CREDIT: 3

AHS 606 QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE METHODS
This course is divided into two broad sections. In the first section, the course will explore an introduction to qualitative and quantitative approaches. This part will highlight some of the critical issues involved in conducting applied health-related research. The second section will be an overview of statistical techniques that are appropriate to health-related research. It will provide students with some basic building blocks that they can use to carry out their own research and critically evaluate the work of others. Students will be introduced to SPSS in the Quantitative Methods section (this will be used extensively in the Statistics section).
HOURS OF CREDIT: 3

AHS 607 KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER AND RESEARCH UPTAKE
This course will explore the facilitators and barriers of using evidence in decision-making, as well as developing the students’ understanding of the conceptual, philosophical, and theoretical underpinnings of knowledge transfer and research uptake. Students will also learn how to create ongoing/ sustainable linkages with decision-makers and how to share research findings with academic and non-academic audiences. The course strengthens the program by providing students with skills to interact with stakeholders and facilitate the use of evidence in decision-making. Topics explored include Evidence-Based Decision-Making—barriers and facilitators, and why evidence is not used in decision-making. The course will look at how to encourage decision-makers to use research evidence through behavioural change, social marketing, and sustainable linkages.
HOURS OF CREDIT: 3

AHS 608 ADVANCED QUALITATIVE METHODS
In this course, students will gain an understanding of the use of qualitative research methods in applied health research. Students’ skills will be developed in the analysis of qualitative data, grant-proposal writing using qualitative data, and the critique of qualitative research. Topics explored include issues in qualitative approaches such as subjects/participants, ethical issues, representativeness, data trustworthiness, bias/perspective, researcher as an instrument, the designing of an analysis template, concurrent/non-current, and ethnography. Other topics explored include theoretical approaches to analysis, such as conflict analysis, feminist, deconstructionalist, thematic analysis, participatory action research, grounded theory, and case studies.
HOURS OF CREDIT: 3

AHS 609 ADVANCED QUANTITATIVE METHODS
This course will expose students to a variety of more advanced quantitative and statistical approaches to research methodology. The two main purposes of the course are to provide students with the tools to conduct advanced quantitative empirical research, and to further develop their ability to critically evaluate the work of others. Students will learn to examine issues and develop research strategies to begin to identify and answer important topics that need to be researched, and students will design a realistic appraisal of what can and cannot be achieved, given resource constraints.
HOURS OF CREDIT: 3

AHS 610 THESIS
Each student in the Master of Applied Health Services Research program is required, under the supervision of a Faculty Advisor and Thesis Committee, to write a thesis based on research into an approved topic. It must demonstrate the candidate’s ability to conduct original independent work, and include a critical evaluation of the principal works published on the subject of the thesis. It should make an original contribution to the body of knowledge in that field of study.
PREREQUISITE: Admission to the Master of Applied Health Services Research program
HOURS OF CREDIT: 6

AHS 611 DIRECTED STUDIES
This course will be developed with the student and professor focused on specific learning outcomes that enhance the student’s program.
 

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