University of Michigan Free Online Course on Social Work: Research

The University of Michigan is offering free online course on Social Work: Research. The course integrates the core themes related to multiculturalism and diversity; social justice and social change; promotion, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation; and behavioral and social science research.

In this eight-week course, applicants will learn about the importance of an evidence-based approach in social work practice and how to conduct effective research. This course will start on October 31, 2017.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 8 weeks
Effort: 8-10 hours pw
Subject: Social Sciences
Institution: University of Michigan and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Course Starts on October 31, 2017


Providers’ Details

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

About This Course

This course will cover:

  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Commonly used statistical procedures
  • Approaches to the evaluation of practice

Why Take This Course?

Learn how to understand and appreciate a scientific approach to building practice knowledge and for evaluating practice, and to use research to advocate for clients and inform policy. Special emphasis will be placed on increasing one’s ability to formulate research questions, apply research methods, conduct statistical analysis, and interpret research reports. The latest statistical, graphical, and display technologies will be used.

Learning Outcomes

  • Act as a critical consumer and contributor of the design, methodology, and conclusions of social work and social and behavioral science research publications.
  • Locate, assess and critique research studies so as to draw appropriate inference, particularly as it affects diverse populations at risk (dimension: ability, age, class, color, culture, ethnicity, family structure, gender [including gender identity and gender expression], marital status, national origin, race, religion or spirituality, sex, and sexual orientation).
  • Know the NASW Code of Ethics and appropriately apply it in the conduct of social work research.


Brian E. Perron

Brian is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work. Dr. Perron received his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis and a specialization in Data Science from Johns Hopkins University.



How To Join This Course

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