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Research Proposal

Research Proposal

Research Proposal and Proposal Review

Part 1: Research Proposal
The Research Proposal is a formal paper in which the learner is given the opportunity to propose a research study to investigate a relevant health care topic of interest. You do not need to carry out the study. The Research Proposal should demonstrate understanding of the reading as well as the implications of new knowledge. The 10-12 page double-spaced paper (excluding title and reference pages) should integrate the course reading and class discussions into work and life experiences. It may include explanation and examples from previous experiences as well as implications for future applications. Your Research Proposal is expected to reflect master’s level thinking and reflection in addition to a solid demonstration of your understanding of statistical analyses.

The purpose of the Research Proposal is for you to culminate the learning achieved in the course by describing your understanding and application of knowledge in the field of biostatistics.

The Research Proposal should focus on real life, real time application of topics covered in this course; of both the uses you have seen and the uses you can envision.

You must pick one of the following topics for your research proposal:

a. A health disparity in the United States
b. Global health issue or service
c. Delivering health services in the United States
d. Health care workforce issue
e. Disease investigation

You will draft a research proposal based on your interests in the health industry. This proposal must contain the following sections in this order:

I. Introduction
This section will provide a general introduction to the health industry topic you selected and a brief rationale for the research study being proposed. Provide a succinct thesis statement within your introduction. Include the problem statement and the importance of the proposed study.

II. Literature Review
In this section, provide a background and context for your proposed study by reviewing 3-5 scholarly peer-reviewed articles/studies and provide a context for how your study will serve to fill in the gaps and/or extend previous research that has been conducted on this topic. The critique of this section will be focused on the relevance of the studies reviewed and any bias in your review of the research. Most research reflects multiple perspectives. Your literature review should indicate if some research was excluded from the review and if this impacts the interpretation of the review. Use your review of the literature to build a strong case for why the proposed study is relevant to the field.

III. Methodology Design and Procedures
The methods section is the heart of the research proposal (Wiersma, 1995). In this section, you will present the research method and statistical approaches for the proposed study. This section should include a discussion of all relevant information to the design such as sampling method, sample size, data collection, variables, statistical tests and any assumptions noted on the part of the researcher. Be sure to specify the procedures you will use to analyze your data and include at least 2 specific types of statistical analysis that were discussed during this course.

For more information on writing a research proposal, review the “Elements of A Proposal” website (

Part II: Proposal Review

Additionally, you must provide a 2-3 page review of the research proposal you have developed.

In your review, evaluate the overall efficacy of your proposal including its strengths, limitations, and delimitations. Provide a brief discussion of other directions that the research could explore.

Writing the Research Proposal

The Research Proposal and Proposal Review:

1. Must be 12 to 15 double-spaced pages in length (excluding title and reference pages), and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. This includes the 10-12 page Proposal and the 2-3 page Proposal Review.
2. Must include a title page with the following:

a. Title of paper
b. Student’s name
c. Course name and number
d. Instructor’s name
e. Date submitted

3. Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
4. Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
6. Must use at least 3-5 scholarly sources, including a minimum of four from the Ashford Online Library.
7. Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
8. Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.