real-world health problem

The SLP for this course is designed to allow you to apply the research concepts and principles introduced throughout this course to a “real-world” health problem. As such, you will be asked to devise your own research question, to use the empirical literature to identify knowledge gaps in the field with regard to that research question, formulate a corresponding research hypothesis, propose an appropriate study design for testing that research hypothesis, and devise a sampling and recruitment plan to strengthen the generalizability of your study’s findings. In Module 4, you will upload a final paper consisting of all of these elements.

Your Task for this Assignment:

After reading the background materials for this module, select one of the following research topics and derive a corresponding research question and hypothesis.

Next, write a 2- to 3-page paper in which you identify your research question and hypothesis.

In devising your research question, apply the “Attributes of a ‘Good’ Research Question.” Your paper should clearly delineate the extent to which each of the following criteria has been satisfied:

  • Relevance
  • Novelty
  • Focus
  • Consisting of two core concepts (at minimum)
  • Feasibility

hypothesis should:

  1. Be stated clearly and concisely
  2. Express the relationship between two or more variables
  3. Be testable
  4. Be based upon theory and/or clinical experience

Research Topics:

  • Organizational culture and patient outcomes
  • Genetics and Breast cancer risk
  • Country‘s GDP and Life Expectancy
  • Obesity and Diabetes Risk
  • Physical Activity and Stroke Risk
  • Health Insurance Status and Health Care Utilization
  • Education and Mortality Risk
  • Drug Addiction and Criminal Behavior
  • Cancer Therapy and Tumor Growth — select a specific type of therapy (e.g., chemotherapy, gene therapy, etc.)

Sample research questions for qualitative research can be found here:

Additional information about refining a research idea into a research question can be found here:

Another key aspect of conducting research is ensuring that all activities comply with ethical guidelines for scientific research. View the following interactive training video and place a brief statement in the cover page of your module 1 SLPA assignment that you have viewed the video:

Interactive Training Video – The Office of Research Integrity (ORI, 2017) and the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) have created The Research Clinic, an interactive training video to educate clinical and social researchers on the importance of appropriately protecting research subjects and avoiding research misconduct. To access the full training module, please visit:

Length: 2-3 pages typed, double-spaced.

SLP Assignment Expectations

Assessment and Grading: Your paper will be assessed based on the performance assessment rubric that is linked within the course. Review it before you begin working on the assignment.

Your work should adhere to these MSHS Assignment Expectations.

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