Research and Evidence Based Practice in Healthcare – BUSI 418

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 10/27/2020

Course Description

Explores the practice of evidence-based management relative to healthcare decision making and support. Topics explored include but not limited to: evolution of evidence-based healthcare, locating and evaluating evidence, developing the capacity of healthcare managers to utilize evidence in decision making, and evidence-based healthcare in the 21st century.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Evidence-based management is based on decision-making and organizational practices that are formed based on analyzing data. The actual practice of evidence-based decision-making originated from medicine and focused decision making on an empirical approach to address issues. It is grounded in scientific methodology that utilizes data collection and analysis to advance knowledge.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Integrate a biblical worldview within the context of research and evidence-based practice.
  2. Evaluate appropriate and credible sources of information relative to evidence-based decision making.
  3. Synthesize evidence to improve organization or patient outcomes considering other members of the healthcare team.
  4. Explain the interrelationship among theory, practice, and research demonstrating an understanding of the basic elements of the research process, based upon knowledge of current literature and industry best practices.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (8)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 300–500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150–350 words. The student must include 2 peer-reviewed sources, the textbook, and 1 biblical integration for the thread and for each reply.

Literature Review Matrix

The student will create a Literature Review Matrix based on 2 quantitative and 2 qualitative research articles using the provided template.

Protecting Human Research Participants Paper

The student will complete a paper on Protecting Human Research Participants using the provided template.

Levels of Evidence

The student will use the research from the Literature Review Matrix to identify and provide the levels of evidence in the articles chosen. The student must also include a summary description of the levels chosen using the provided template.

Midterm and Final Exams (2)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for all modules/weeks up to the assigned module/week. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain a total of 10 multiple-choice, true/false, and essay questions, and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit.