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Department: International Health
Term: 4th term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: Elli Leontsini
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructors:

Examines how to conduct formative research and use its findings in the many stages of developing, implementing and evaluating public health interventions. Discusses cross-cutting issues on study design, staff training, community entry and involvement, and data management and use. Presents and analyzes case studies on multi-method formative research and the use of the data collected to develop more effective behavioral and community interventions. Examples presented and analyzed include programs to prevent and control HIV/AIDS, malaria, dengue hemorrhagic fever, diarrhea and neonatal mortality in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Students read assigned materials, attend class, actively engage in classroom discussions, and develop a formative research protocol on a topic of their interest.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
formulate formative research questions appropriate for each stage in intervention development
identify appropriate methods and place them within a study protocol
prepare for coordinating a formative research component in the field
review and learn current approaches taken and ways in which data was utilized in selected case studies

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on class participation (30%) and a written formative research protocol (70%).
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 10:30 - 11:50
  • Friday 10:30 - 11:50
Lab Times:
  • Friday 9:00 - 10:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

Consent is required if prerequisites are not met.

For consent, contact:

221.688 or 224.689 and 224.690-691; or consent of instructor

Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail