Chapter 1 Key information


Hi Everyone– My name is Anshul and I will be visiting your class on Oct 21, Oct 28, Nov 4, and Nov 18 in the fall 2021 offering of GC621. This e-book contains the materials that we will use during our four weeks together. Each week, there will be an assignment that you need to do before class. These assignments can be found in the Before class section within each week’s chapter in this e-book. If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to email me any time at or contact me by phone.1 I look forward to meeting all of you and learning about your work. -Anshul

What to do next, if you’re reading this for the first time: In the week prior to our Oct 21 2021 meeting, please read this entire chapter and also the Before Class portion of the next chapter. Please complete all Before Class assignments by the time class begins on Oct 21 2021.

1.1 Notes, reminders, and tips

  • Many of the examples of data and research that you will encounter in this e-book use a binary, inappropriately narrow, and/or potentially problematic conceptualization of sex, gender, and other individual-level characteristics. My personal view is that this is often not the best way to organize data or present examples. Furthermore, our collective understanding of sex, gender, race, ethnicity, and other individual characteristics is constantly changing, and it is critical for all of us as health professionals and researchers to engage in related discussions and initiatives. I am always looking for materials that represent a more inclusive framework and I do update materials when possible. I welcome your input and suggested alternatives.2

  • You can use control + F (Windows/Linux) or command + F (Mac) to search the open chapter quickly.

  • There are many footnotes that you can click on, like the one at the end of this sentence, with tips and commentary.3

  • This e-book was used in GC621 at MGHIHP in previous years. I will try to make sure that everything is updated for this year, but feel free to let me know if you notice any mistakes (of this or any kind)!

  • If you want a PDF version of a particular chapter in this e-book, try using your web browser to print the chapter. In the print window, tell the computer that you want to print to PDF rather than to a real printer.

  • Send any comments or questions to Anshul Kumar ().

1.3 Required deliverables, as of Nov 18 2021

Here is a list of all assignments or tasks that have been assigned so far4 and require a submission from you (or your team based learning team):5

Item Date Assigned Date Due Submission Method
Qualitative Assignment #1 Oct 15 2021 Oct 22 2021 D2L
Quantitative Assignment #1 Oct 15 2021 Oct 22 2021 D2L
Qualitative Assignment #2 Oct 21 2021 Oct 28 2021 Bring to class
Quantitative Assignment #2 Oct 21 2021 Oct 28 2021 D2L
Qualitative Project Coding Memo Oct 28 2021 Oct 28 2021 Group e-mail to Anshul
Qualitative Assignment #3 Oct 28 2021 Nov 4 2021 D2L
Quantitative Assignment #3 Oct 28 2021 Nov 4 2021 D2L
Draft of qualitative research slides Nov 4 2021 Nov 15 2021 Group e-mail to Anshul
Quantitative Assignment #4 Nov 4 2021 Nov 18 2021 D2L
Qualitative research presentation Nov 4 2021 Nov 18 2021 In class
Quantitative methods quiz Nov 18 2021 Nov 18 2021 In class

1.4 Changes and updates, as of Nov 4 2021

  • In Part 2 of the Week 9 (Nov 4 2021) in-class quantitative activity, one task related to the Sussner et al article was written twice. One task number was also missing. These have now been fixed (causing the subsequent task numbering to change).

  1. See D2L for full contact details.↩︎

  2. This text has been edited a few times after it was first published online for students in Fall 2021. This topic is important to all aspects of our work together, so I made some changes based on feedback from our experts at the JEDI office and instructional design team at MGHIHP.↩︎

  3. This is a footnote. You can click the little arrow on the right of this sentence to go back to where you were reading.↩︎

  4. or will be assigned soon↩︎

  5. This list only includes tasks related to the four weeks that I am visiting your class. ↩︎