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221.644.01 ECONOMETRIC METHODS FOR EVALUATION OF HEALTH PROGRAMS

Department:
International Health
Term:
4th term
Credits:
4 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
Location:
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact:
Antonio Trujillo
Course Instructor:

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Prerequisite:

140.623 or 140.653

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 Objectives:

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

  1. apply methodological principles and statistical concepts as they relate to the field of program evaluation
  2. conduct econometric analyses of observational data in order to reach conclusions relevant for decision-making processes in international settings
  3. use computer packages to conduct empirical research in impact evaluation
Methods of Assessment:

80% Assignments
20% Final Exam

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Personal laptops preloaded with Stata are required for use during class.