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221.631.81 Evaluation of Safety Interventions in Low and Middle Income Countries

International Health
3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Qingfeng Li
Course Instructors:

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses. Confronting the Burden of Injuries (221.612.81) Students who have not taken "Confronting the Burden of Injuries" course previously are required to review the optional lectures "Optional Review Lecture" and "Introduction to Injury Prevention"


In 2013, injuries were responsible for 5 million deaths and almost a billion non-fatal injuries, over 90% of which occurred in low and middle income countries (LMICs). Well-designed and well-conducted evaluation of safety programs is critical to assess the efficacy and efficiency of possible interventions to affect change particularly in resource challenged settings. This course gives students an introduction to and basic understanding of some of the commonly used study designs in safety program evaluation: pre-post, time series, randomized trial, qualitative assessment and cost-benefit analysis.

Prepares students to participate in designing, conducting, and translating evaluations of LMIC safety programs for policy and advocacy. Content lectures discuss specific methods for data collection and analysis. These are followed by case studies discussing and critiquing how these designs have been used in LMIC settings. Students are introduced to data collection using previously validated tools from organizations such as the WHO, methods for analysis using widely available software such as Microsoft Excel, and basic concepts of translating evaluation information into safety policy and advocacy.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe and critique evaluations of injury prevention programs conducted in LMICs, including the study design, sampling methodology, quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques, and basic descriptive analysis
  2. Participate in the design and conduct of safety program evaluations using standardized tools and techniques developed specifically for evaluations in LMICs
  3. Access and compile publically available aggregate data from various sources into a data set and perform basic mathematical calculations to understand the burden of injuries in a given area and to assess changes in the burden within the context of an intervention program
  4. Participate in the translation of findings from safety-related aggregate data and evaluations of safety programs to advocate for change to policy makers in an LMIC
Methods of Assessment:

Discussion Forum discussions 20%
Active participation in Live Talks 5%
Background Report 35%
Measurement and Evaluation Proposal 40%

Instructor Consent:

No consent required