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Summer Institute 2016

The Tribal Early Childhood Research Center, in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health hosted a Summer Institute, from July 18-22, 2016 at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD. The TRC Summer Institute offered graduate level coursework and mentorship to students interested in pursuing early childhood research in tribal contexts, in particular as related to tribal Head Start, Home Visiting, and Child Care.  In addition to completing a 2-credit research course, TRC Summer Institute participants met with Summer Institute faculty for mentoring and to learn more about the Center for American Indian Health’s graduate programs. A limited number of TRC Summer Institute tuition and travel scholarships were awarded on a competitive basis. Detailed information about the course is provided below.
Course Descriptions:
Scholarship awardees may choose one of two 2-credit graduate courses, according to their professional and academic needs: Introduction to Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods (course number 221.671.11) and Introduction to Data Management Using American Indian Health Data (course number 221.672.11).
 Introduction to Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods:  This course provides a basic overview of qualitative and quantitative research methods and the different applications of each to a variety of public health interventions.  Readings, lectures, and labs explore different research methods and the process of selecting the appropriate method to design and implement a variety of public health interventions. Topics include: focus groups, in-depth interviews, comparison designs, intervention designs, and randomized controlled trials.  Students will gain a basic understanding of these research methods and apply them to existing projects on which they are working.  This course will be taught Monday-Friday, July 18-22 from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm.
 Introduction to Data Management Using American Indian Health Data:  This is an introductory course for students interested in the fundamental tools of public health research. This course focuses on the principles of data management, including: development of data flow diagrams; development of data collection forms, data dictionaries, and related documentation; fundamentals of database design; methods of data capture; data validation and methods of quality assurance; and principles of data security. Students will work with American Indian Health data sets to apply skills learned throughout the course.  The course will be taught Monday-Friday, July 18-22 from 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm. 
TRC Summer Institute Prerequisites:
Experience living or working in/with American Indian and Alaska Native settings/communities and experience/interest in early childhood development and research with tribal communities is required.  A bachelor’s degree is required to take the course for credit and for scholarship eligibility.
Scholarship Application:
The deadline for applications has now passed. 
Questions and Contact Information:
If you have any questions about the TRC Summer Institute course, scholarships, and registration, please contact Nicole Paré at 410-955-6931 or
Funding for the TRC Summer Institute and Scholarships:
The Tribal Early Childhood Research Center and TRC Summer Institute scholarships are funded by a grant from the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation within the Administration for Children and Families.  Additional scholarship support is provided by the Johns Hopkins University, Center for American Indian Health.

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