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224.692.01 Formative Research for Behavioral and Community Interventions

International Health
4th term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
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. It discusses cross-cutting issues on study design, community entry and involvement, data sharing and use, as well as staff development and supervision. It presents and analyzes case studies of 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, actively engage in classroom discussions and lab work, complete two quizzes, 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 two online quizzes (10% each) and a written formative research protocol (80%)

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent is required if prerequisites are not met.

For consent, contact: