The applied research module requires adult learners to select a problem they have encountered at work or in the community, conduct research to determine its cause(s), and make practical recommendations to solve the problem based on the results of the study. Intended to provide solutions to concrete problems, questions, or concerns within an organization or community, the research project enables adult learners to apply the academic skills and knowledge acquired across the healthcare curriculum. The value of the research project, therefore, depends on its applicability to real management or organizational concerns. While the project is individual, adult learners gain a basic understanding of the applied research process through collaborative work with their academic Project Advisor, Workplace Site Contact person, and classmates.
The first few weeks of this research course lays the groundwork for the research study by providing an introduction to research, establishing the development of the background statement and research problem statement, and culminates with a comprehensive literature review. The second half of the course requires the adult learner to determine the most appropriate data collection method and procedure, design a data collection instrument, if need be, collect the necessary data, analyze the data, and present the overall results of the research project in both written and oral reports.