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Department: International Health
Term: 4th term
Credits: 2 credits
Contact: Ingrid Friberg
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:

Introduces students to the new Lives Saved Tool (LiST) software, which is used widely in the international health and development field, and helps countries, NGOs, and other partners understand the causal impacts of health interventions on maternal, neonatal and child mortality in developing countries. Acquaints students with methods on using epidemiological data effectively in decision making; focuses on understanding both the input and outputs of the LiST tool, as well as examining limitations of this methodology; develops the skills to appropriately manipulate publicly available data to create population and health projections.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Explain the development of the Lives Saved Tool (LiST), including history, relevant data sources and methodology
Develop comprehensive country-specific projection models for the Spectrum software, including LiST, Demography, Family Planning and AIDS Impact (AIM) modules
Correctly interpret results derived from LiST and Spectrum and be able to troubleshoot their own and others projections
Identify the strengths, weaknesses, uses and limitations of the LiST model
Communicate accurately, and in a nuanced fashion, the results of a LiST analysis to policy makers

Methods of Assessment: One midterm exam (30%) and one group project (30%). The remaining evaluation will come from weekly analysis and reporting assignments (40%)
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 3:30 - 4:20
Lab Times:
  • Thursday 3:30 - 5:20
Enrollment Minimum: 5
Enrollment Maximum: 25
Instructor Consent: No consent required

International health or equivalent required.

Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: The Spectrum (LiST) software runs on Windows and is not compatible with MACs. For students without access to Windows, the software will be available on the computers in the two laboratory classrooms. If students wish to use a MAC, ‘Parallels’ can be used to run Windows. Access to a Spectrum (LiST) compatible computer will be needed for all laboratory sessions and homework assignments; all laboratory sessions will be held in the computer lab.