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221.647.01 Comparative Evaluation for Health Policy in International Health

International Health
3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  3:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Louis Niessen
Course Instructor:

220.601 Intro to International Health or equivalent course or equivalent background


Presents evaluation techniques to compare health system interventions in international health. Focuses on addressing existing constraints in health systems development, given key policy goals as quality, equity and efficiency. Presents both qualitative and quantitative approaches to evaluate interventions to better inform policy how to improve system performance and functions. Identifies policy goals, actor groups, system functions and ways to assess improvement strategies related to policy goals using existing systems frameworks. Covers key constraints in systems performance such as: effective prevention and treatment programs, patient compliance, health worker performance, inequitable access, collective financing, choosing priorities, and community-level interventions. Comparative methods draw on a mix of epidemiology, health economics, disease modeling, services research, and qualitative techniques.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. design comparative evaluation approaches for health policy development in multiple low- and middle-income country settings
  2. apply at least three comparative health system evaluation methods in three different country settings in relation to policy goals
  3. critically assess methods and results of comparative health system evaluations
  4. define the strengths and limitations of research in health policy contexts
Methods of Assessment:

Attendance and participation in group work and discussion 50%; paper and exercises 50%

Instructor Consent:

No consent required