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224.692.01 Formative Research for Behavioral and Community Interventions

International Health
4th term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M F,  10:30 - 11:50am
Lab Times:
  • Friday,  9:00 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Elli Leontsini
Course Instructors:

221.688 or 224.689 and 224.690-691; or consent of instructor


Examines how to conduct formative research and use its findings in the many stages of developing, implementing and evaluating public health interventions. Discusses cross-cutting issues on study design, staff training, community entry and involvement, and data management and use. Presents and analyzes case studies on multi-method formative research and the use of the data collected to develop more effective behavioral and community interventions. Examples presented and analyzed include programs to prevent and control HIV/AIDS, malaria, dengue hemorrhagic fever, diarrhea and neonatal mortality in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Students read assigned materials, attend class, actively engage in classroom discussions, and develop a formative research protocol on a topic of their interest.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. formulate formative research questions appropriate for each stage in intervention development
  2. identify appropriate methods and place them within a study protocol
  3. prepare for coordinating a formative research component in the field
  4. review and learn current approaches taken and ways in which data was utilized in selected case studies
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on class participation (30%) and a written formative research protocol (70%).

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent is required if prerequisites are not met.

For consent, contact: