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221.626.11 Introduction to Household Surveys for Evaluation of Primary Health Care Programs in Low and Middle Income Countries

International Health
Summer Inst. term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
East Baltimore
Mon 06/19/2017 - Sat 06/24/2017
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F Sa,  8:00 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Henry Perry
Course Instructor s:

Are you interested in implementing household surveys in middle and low-resource settings? Are you interested in learning how to build a questionnaire, select households or manage the process? This course teaches these skills using techniques gained from real world experiences implementing Knowledge, Practice, and Coverage (KPC) household surveys.

Introduces participants to fundamental skills needed to design and manage implementation of household surveys. Presents real world experiences of using the Knowledge, Practice, and Coverage (KPC) tool for household surveys in middle and low-resource settings. Includes constructing a questionnaire from standard KPC modules, indicator selection, sampling plan development, use of parallel sampling, household selection, management and oversight plan, and ethical considerations. Introduces participants to adjustments that can be made so that the survey can be implemented within time and budget constraints.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Construct a questionnaire by extracting relevant questions from standard KPC modules, ensuring that questions are linked to program implementation design
  2. Design a sampling plan with a sample size that is appropriate for the information needs of the project, but that fits into time and budget constraints
  3. Describe how to use parallel sampling techniques for 30 cluster sampling methodology
  4. Explain how to adjust indicator definitions in order to simply data collection
  5. Design a plan for household selection
  6. Explain ethical considerations to maintain during the study
  7. Organize a management plan to oversee data collection, quality control and anal
Methods of Assessment:

2 graded homework mini assessments: 20%
Draft final project: 10%
Final project: 70%

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

The course requires about 10 hours of pre-course reading and exercises to be turned in 3 days before class starts. During the course there will be evening assignments, two of which will be graded. A draft final project is due on July 1; Final project is due on August 5.