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221.631.81 Evaluation of Road Safety Interventions in Low and Middle Income Countries

International Health
4th term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Kavi Bhalla
Course Instructors:

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses. 221.612, Confronting the Burden of Injuries, is recommended.


Prepares students to participate in the design/conduct of LMIC road safety program evaluations using standardized tools from the WHO, and to translate results for advocacy. Introduces the theory and use of these tools/study designs via lectures followed by case studies of how they have been used in LMICs. Students use EpiInfo to compile secondary data and do basic calculations to understand the burden of road crashes in an LMIC and then identify a plausible intervention and propose a study to evaluate its impact. Students work in groups to prepare an advocacy presentation based on a published program evaluation.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the world-wide death and disability burden from road injuries, associated factors, interventions to prevent road-related injuries, and policy barriers to implementing effective road safety interventions in LMICs;
  2. Describe and critique LMIC road safety program evaluations, including study design, sampling methodology, quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques, and basic descriptive analysis;
  3. Participate in a team to design /conduct of road safety program evaluations using standardized tools/techniques developed for road safety evaluations in LMICs;
  4. Access and compile publically available aggregate data from various sources into a data set and perform basic mathematical calculations to understand the burden of road traffic crashes in a given area;
  5. Participate in the translation of findings from aggregate road safety data and road safety programs evaluations into policy and advocate for change in LMICs.
Methods of Assessment:

Weekly 1-2 paragraph BBS Posts (20%); Individual 5-page Evaluation Proposal Project (30%); 10-Minute Policy-Oriented Group Presentation (30%); 2 On-line Quizzes (10%); Class Participation by viewing lectures and attending/viewing live talks (10%).

Instructor Consent:

No consent required