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Modeling Change in Maternal, Neonatal and Child Mortality


East Baltimore
4th term
International Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Tuesday,  3:30 - 4:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
  • Ingrid Friberg
Ingrid Friberg

International health or equivalent required.


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 the causal impacts of health interventions on 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 (LiST), including history, relevant data sources and methodology
  2. Develop comprehensive country-specific projection models for the Spectrum software, including LiST, Demography, Family Planning and AIDS Impact (AIM) modules
  3. Correctly interpret results derived from LiST and Spectrum and be able to troubleshoot their own and others projections
  4. Identify the strengths, weaknesses, uses and limitations of the LiST model
  5. 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 Spectrum (LiST) software runs on Windows and is not compatible with MACs. For students without access to Windows, the software will be available on the computers in the two laboratory classrooms. If students wish to use a MAC, ‘Parallels’ can be used to run Windows. Access to a Spectrum (LiST) compatible computer will be needed for all laboratory sessions and homework assignments; all laboratory sessions will be held in the computer lab.