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221.644.01 ECONOMETRIC METHODS FOR EVALUATION OF HEALTH PROGRAMS

Department: International Health
Term: 4th term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: Antonio Trujillo
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:
Description:

Introduces students to the application of common econometric methods available to address questions of concern to policy makers, administrators, managers, and program participants regarding evaluation of health programs in low and middle-income countries. Students learn to apply econometric methods in their research and to recognize the limitations in applying the same methods in estimating the impact of a policy intervention. Combines a theoretical development of methods and a numerical application involving continuous dependent variables. Emphasizes the correct use of data in framing relevant questions and understanding the importance as well as the limitations of data analysis in order to equip students with the quantitative skills necessary to evaluate policy alternatives.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
apply methodological principles and statistical concepts as they relate to the field of program evaluation
conduct econometric analyses of observational data in order to reach conclusions relevant for decision-making processes in international settings
use computer packages to conduct empirical research in impact evaluation

Methods of Assessment: 80% Assignments 20% Final Exam
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 3:30 - 5:20
  • Thursday 3:30 - 5:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 35
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Prerequisite:

140.623 or 140.653

Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: Personal laptops preloaded with Stata are required for use during class.