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Department: International Health
Term: 4th term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Neff Walker
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013

Reviews the global efforts and methodological challenges in conducting large-scale effectiveness evaluations in health, emphasizing maternal and child health in low and middle income countries. Explores frequently-used approaches for data collection in impact evaluations. Discusses interpretation of results and attribution of observed changes to the program being evaluated. Includes operational arrangements of large-scale evaluations and interactions with policymakers.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
explain the importance of evaluating the effectiveness of large-scale health programs
prepare a conceptual model linking program inputs to health impact
describe the main methodological approaches and methods for data collection
interpret the results of the evaluation and discuss whether these can be attributed to the program
communicate effectively with policymakers and implementers throughout the evaluation cycle

Methods of Assessment: Web-based quizzes on course readings (30%); short assignments (30%); final exam (40%)
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 8:30 - 9:50
  • Thursday 8:30 - 9:50
Lab Times:
  • Thursday 1:30 - 3:20
  • Thursday 3:30 - 5:20
  • Friday 1:30 - 3:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 45
Enrollment Restriction: No undergraduate students
Instructor Consent: No consent required

Knowledge of basic biostatistics and epidemiology

Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: Students are required to register for one of the three lab sections. There is a max of 15 for each section.