• State College High School


    Health Care Evidence & Research

    INSTRUCTOR:  Jennifer L. Reed, DPT, ATC, Cert. MDT, ACSM CPT

    E-MAIL ADDRESS:  jlr42@scasd.org

    PHONE: 814-272-8774

    COURSE TEXT REFERENCE (available upon request, not required)

    Hurley, Wendy L., Denegar, Craig R., Hertel, Jay  (2011).  Research Methods: A Framework for Evidence-Based Clinical Practice. (1st. Edition). Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Baltimore, MD. 


    Scoodle and Google docs will be used to post presentations notes, homework a assignments, fact sheets, and other miscellaneous course items. 

    PubMed/MEDLINE & CINAHL on-line health care databases will be used and can  be accessed from school or home through the Scoodle link or the school library site.

    Additionally, videos and teaching material from YouTube and other sources may be used.   Please understand that health care footage/images may be considered graphic by some individuals-this is the nature of medicine and part of this course.


    1.  Demonstrate ability to access and search the biomedical databases PubMed and CINAHL.

    2.  Demonstrate use of Boolean logic as a search strategy.

    3.  Understand and explain the concept of peer-review as it relates to journal articles.

    4.  Demonstrate beginner ability to conduct effective and efficient medical/health care literature searches

    5.  Comprehend basic statistics as the apply to health care evidence and outcomes

    6.  Describe and appreciate the concepts/components of Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM)/Evidence-Based Health Care (EBHC)

    7.  Understand the hierarchy of research design from case studies to randomized controlled trials (RCT's) and why RCT’s are a superior research design.

    8.  Understand the difference between reliability and validity

    9.  Describe and explain the acronyms SpPIN and SnNOUT and concepts of sensitivity and specificity as they relate to research studies.

    *Advanced/Weighted Option Students* - Complete a experience with a healthcare related clinical  research lab partner or independent project approved by instructor and LE:



    Exams/Quizzes 30%

    Homework 30%

    Projects/Presentations 30%

    Meaningful Participation/Note taking 10%

    Final (discretion of instructor, 10% if have one)


    A+ = 98-100%

    A = 92-97%

    A- = 90-91%

    B+ = 88-89%

    B = 82-87

    B- = 80-81%

    C+ = 78-79%

    C = 72-77%

    C- = 70-71%

    D+ = 68-69%

    D = 62-67%

    D- = 60-61%


     Introduction to HCER Course

     Research Overview

     Reading Research Articles  

    Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)  EBM & EBHC

     Searching the Evidence

       -CINAHL/PUBMED(MEDLINE) Databases

       -Boolean Searching Strategies

     Hierarchy of Evidence

     Systematic Reviews & Meta Analysis

     Quantitative Research

     Qualitative Research

     Validity  & Reliability


    1.   MISSED ASSIGNMENTS/EXAMS etc.   Prior permission must be granted by the instructor if an exam/quiz/assignment cannot be taken/turned in on the designated date.  Any exam or quiz missed without prior permission (not the same as notification) or excused absence cannot be made up and will count as a "0".  Late assignments without an excused absence or prior arrangements will be assessed a 50% penalty and must be turned in at the next attended class meeting.  After 2-missed turn in opportunities, the assignment receives an automatic “0”.  **It is the responsibility of the STUDENT to make arrangements with the instructor within 2 days of return to school for all make-up work.  Assignments/exams, etc must be made up in the time frame of the instructor’s discretion.**

    2. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY is the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest, and responsible manner and is a basic guiding principle for all academic work.  Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to cheating, plagiarizing, fabricating of information or citations, facilitating acts of academic dishonesty by others, submitting work of another person or work previously used without informing the instructor, or tampering with the academic work of other students.

    **Instances of academic dishonesty will be handled on a case-by-case basis and may result in disciplinary actions, ranging from a failed grade for that instance to failure of the course.

    3.  BEHAVIOR:  Failure to respect the following may result in item confiscation or disciplinary action.   Any material for missed class time as a result of an infraction that day will be the student’s responsibility to obtain.

    • Cell phones and digital media, etc. will be turned off and stored off the desk and student’s body unless designated by the instructor as use for learning purposes.  (you may NOT wear headphones in class)

    • Be on time for class.

    • Assigned readings and sleep should be done prior to class, not in it.

    • Any presentations are expected to be professional in attire & delivery.

    • Respect all lab equipment & handle it with care

    • Do not remove equipment from the classroom without permission

    ~The instructor reserves the right to modify the syllabus in content & policy.

Last Modified on November 3, 2015