Action Research Methodology and Application
This course defines action research as it is understood in the general field of academic inquiry and more specifically as it is defined at AMU. Students are provided an institution-wide action research definition and an AMU original, proprietary checklist which both students and faculty use to evaluate student learning at the end of the program. Through the use of AMU case-studies, the course builds skills in determining which categories of projects lend themselves to action research.
Students in the health systems program are provided with specific examples from healthcare systems and are directed toward health system organizations. The course quickly reviews action research methodology and then builds core competency in how action research is implemented in the current national and global marketplace. Through the use of AMU case-studies, the course builds skills in determining which categories of projects lend themselves to action research. Students in health systems complete annotated bibliographies in health-related areas, such as tele-health.
This course is delivered in on-line modules complemented by off-line review and assistance. On-site, in person meetings are offered when possible.
Deliver doctoral level knowledge of principles and and best practices of action research.
- Teach how the elements of the define-measure-analyze-improve-control (DMAIC) quality system assist effective action research in healthcare
- Explain and demonstrate the skilled calculation of return on investment (ROI) from action research in healthcare
- Discuss systematic applications of action research to improve healthcare processes