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Department: International Health
Term: 4th term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Ingrid Friberg
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructors:

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 what needs to be done to change 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, including relevant data sources, methodology and limitations.
Develop comprehensive country-specific models for the Spectrum software, including the Lives Saved Tool, Demography, Family Planning and AIM modules.
Correctly interpret results derived from LiST and Spectrum and be able to troubleshoot their own and others projections.
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 - 5:20
Enrollment Minimum: 8
Enrollment Maximum: 25
Instructor Consent: No consent required

International health or equivalent required. Demographic Methods in Public Health recommended.

Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Pass/Fail
Special Comments: The student MUST have access to Windows on their computer. This software does not run on MAC compatible computers without additional software. Also, students need to bring their laptops to class every session.
Frequency Schedule: