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223.845.01 SS/R: Modeling Change in Maternal, Neonatal and Child Mortality


International Health
4th term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday,  3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Ingrid Friberg
Course Instructors:
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

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


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 Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the development of the Lives Saved Tool, including relevant data sources, methodology and limitations.
  2. Develop comprehensive country-specific models for the Spectrum software, including the Lives Saved Tool, Demography, Family Planning and AIM modules.
  3. Correctly interpret results derived from LiST and Spectrum and be able to troubleshoot their own and others projections.
  4. 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%).

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

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.