The Tribal Early Childhood Research Center, in collaboration
with the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, hosted a Summer
Institute from July 14-18, 2014 at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg
School of Public Health. The TRC Summer Institute
provided graduate level coursework and mentorship to students interested
in pursuing research with tribal early childhood programs such as Head Start,
Home Visiting, and Child Care. In addition to completing a 2-credit
research methods course, TRC Summer Institute participants had the chance
to meet with core faculty for targeted mentoring and to learn more about the
Center for American Indian Health’s graduate public health degree and public
health certificate programs.
A limited number of tuition and travel scholarships
were awarded on a competitive basis. Students who took past TRC
Summer Institute courses and who were working in tribal Head Start, Home
Visiting, Child Care, or other early childhood programs were strongly
encouraged to apply. Scholarship application materials are available
below. A Bachelor’s degree was required for scholarship
awardees. Students who are not scholarship awardees could have taken the
course for non-credit.
Introduction to Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods (course number 221.671.11) was a 2-credit graduate level
course. The overarching goal of the course was to provide 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 explored different research methods and the
process of selecting the appropriate method to design and implement a variety
of public health interventions. Topics covered in the course included: focus
groups, in-depth interviews, comparison designs, interventions designs, and
randomized controlled trials. Students worked to gain a basic
understanding of these research methods and applied them to existing
projects on which they were working. The course was taught Monday-Friday,
July 14th-18th from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm.
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 was required. A
bachelor’s degree was required to take the course for credit, and was required
for scholarship eligibility. Students without a bachelor’s degree could
have taken the course for non-credit; students without a bachelor’s degree
were not eligible for scholarship support.
A limited number of travel and tuition
scholarships were awarded on a competitive basis. Scholarship
awardees were required to have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Completed applications and all supporting documents
were due by May 1, 2014. Please see application for
information on where to send completed materials.
Questions and Contact Information:
If you have any questions about the TRC Summer Institute course,
scholarships, and registration, please contact Nicole Pare by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 410-955-6931.
Funding for the TRC Summer Institute and Scholarships:
The Tribal Early Childhood Research Center, Summer Institute,
and 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.