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Summer Institute 2014


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.
 
Course Description:
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. 
 
 
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 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.
 
Scholarship Application:
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 npare@jhsph.edu 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.

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