Faculty: Dr. Shoshanna Sofaer, DrPH, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College


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Course Level: 101 Introductory

Faculty: Shoshanna Sofaer, Dr.P.H

Format: On-demand, streaming presentation with voice-over

Duration: 90 min.

Overview: This webinar features an introduction to mixed methods and includes applied examples from public health services and systems research (PHSSR). The course is intended for researchers at all levels as well as practitioners looking to translate research findings. Those with training in mixed methods are also encouraged to participate, in order to refresh their knowledge of current best practices.
In 2009, AcademyHealth conducted a needs assessment of methods training needs in PHSSR. Respondents to the needs assessment’s survey of researchers cited mixed methods as a common approach. In fact, 68% of survey respondents use mixed methods in conducting PHSSR. This webinar is intended to enhance the application of mixed methods to this emerging research discipline.
For more information on the training needs of the field, please see, "A Data and Methods Needs Assessment for Public Health Systems Research."


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Faculty Information:

ShoshannaShofaerShoshanna Sofaer, Dr.P.H., is the Robert P. Luciano Professor of Health Care Policy at the School of Public Affairs, Baruch College.  She previously was Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and Assistant Professor at the UCLA School of Public Health. She completed her M.P.H. and Dr.P.H. degrees at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. 

Dr. Sofaer’s work spans public health and medical care; she had always believed that improving the health of the public is the ultimate goal of medical care, and that both public health and medical care need to be more person-centered and more community-oriented.  With respect to public health, she has worked extensively on tobacco control, particularly from a policy perspective; on substance abuse prevention and treatment; and on community health planning agencies.  She is particularly expert in the use of state and community coalitions to address health and health care issues.  With respect to medical care, she conducts research and publishes on topics including:  the development of quality measures that resonate with consumers and patients; the design and dissemination of public reports on comparative health care quality and cost; the development of tools patients and families can use to engage productively in their health and health care; public deliberation methods to get input from the public on social value issues arising from comparative effectiveness research; the response of the public and policy makers to the use of cost-effectiveness analysis to make societal resource allocation decisions; and ways to improve the effectiveness of health care professionals in caring for older people. 

Dr. Sofaer is nationally known for her expertise in qualitative and mixed methods research and consults and trains widely on these issues.  She is privileged to teach a highly diverse and motivated group of graduate students such subjects as the US health care system, health care policy, program evaluation, and management of public and non-profit organizations.