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Department: International Health
Term: 4th term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: Elli Leontsini
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructors:

Examines how to conduct formative research and use its findings in the many stages of developing, implementing and evaluating public health interventions. It discusses cross-cutting issues on study design, community entry and involvement, data sharing and use, as well as staff development and supervision. It presents and analyzes case studies of 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, actively engage in classroom discussions and lab work, complete two quizzes, 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, implementation and evaluation process
identify appropriate guiding theories and methodologies, and integrate them into a formative research protocol
prepare for coordinating a formative research component in the field, including capacity building, and sharing of data with community and partners in forums and meetings
review, learn and critique current theories and methodologies taken, and ways in which data are utilized, in selected case studies

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on two online quizzes (10% each) and a written formative research protocol (80%)
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