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Evaluation Methods for Injury Interventions


3rd term
International Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Qingfeng Li

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses. None


In 2017, injuries were responsible for 4.5 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 changes, particularly in resource-challenged settings. This course gives students an introduction to and basic understanding of commonly used study designs in program evaluation: pre-post, time series, randomized trial, qualitative assessment, and cost-benefit analysis. It also covers evaluating policies on public health and communicating research findings.

Prepares students to participate in designing, conducting, and translating evaluations of LMIC safety programs for policy and advocacy. Content lectures discuss specific methods for quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis. Discusses and critiques case studies and how these designs have been used in LMIC settings. Introduces quantitative and qualitative 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 and policies implemented in LMICs, including the study design, sampling methodology, quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques, and basic descriptive analyses
  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 publicly available aggregate data from various sources into a dataset and perform statistical 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 converting findings from evaluations of safety programs to audience-appropriate content, and then communicate the content to policymakers, both in writing and through oral presentations.
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Discussion Board
  • 20% LiveTalks
  • 30% Paper(s)
  • 30% Final Paper

Instructor Consent:

No consent required