All research projects should be designed to answer a specific question, usually by testing a well-formed hypothesis. Traditional application of the scientific method involves determining whether or not there exists a cause-and-effect relationship between observed phenomena. This is done by disproving the (“null”) hypothesis that there is no cause-and-effect relationship between the observed phenomena. Whatever process is used, it should not only result in a question or hypothesis statement that is both quantifiable and relevant to potential sponsors of the research.
The Family & Community Medicine's Biostatistics and Epidemiology Program provides expertise in education and research in the areas of biostatistics and data management for FCM and other programs within HSC. As part of their services, they can help you form your health research design.
The School of Medicine's Department of Internal Medicine supports faculty and staff investigators in their Office of Research. The Office also provides administrative support to the department and the Clinical and Translational Science Center especially in the areas related to research. Among myriad services, they support investigators with project planning.