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Department: International Health
Term: 4th term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: Elli Leontsini
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
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
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 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