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221.645.01
Large-Scale Effectiveness Evaluations of Health Programs

Location:
East Baltimore
Term:
2nd term
Department:
International Health
Credits:
4 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
In-person
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  8:30 - 10:20am
Lab Times:
  • Thursday,  1:30 - 3:20pm (01)
    Note:
    section .03 is virtual sections .01 and .02 are in person
  • Thursday,  3:30 - 5:20pm (02)
    Note:
    section .03 is virtual sections .01 and .02 are in person
  • Friday,  1:30 - 3:20pm (03)
    Note:
    section .03 is virtual sections .01 and .02 are in person
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Contact:
Melissa Marx
Resources:
Prerequisite:

Knowledge of basic biostatistics and epidemiology

Description:

Discusses evaluation of evidence-based public health programs, with a focus on low income countries. Addresses methodological challenges in designing and conducting effectiveness evaluations in these settings. Designs comprehensive measurement plans with knowledge gained about pros and cons of different ways to collect new data and use and/or model existing data to address all parts of impact chains. Discusses ways to design the evaluation and disseminate findings to maximize acceptance and use of findings.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify stakeholders of an impact evaluation
  2. Identify and document key objectives and answerable evaluation research questions that meet key stakeholders’ needs and are appropriate for program and setting
  3. Select and/or develop SMART indicators that answer the evaluation questions
  4. Propose a technically-sound design for evaluating the impact of program, focusing on key evaluation questions
  5. Identify pros and cons of evaluation designs under various constraints
  6. Identify appropriate sources of data and data collection methods to evaluate programs across the impact pathway
  7. Describe barriers and strategies to overcome barriers to promoting the uptake of results by policy makers and program planners
  8. Interpret evaluation results based on the design
  9. Prepare a conceptual model of the program being evaluated, linking program inputs to health impact
  10. Write a comprehensive evaluation plan and proposal
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 50% Assignments
  • 40% Group Work
  • 10% Participation

Enrollment Restriction:

No undergraduate students

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Students are required to register for one of the three lab sections. There is a max of 16 for each section. The Friday lab (221.945.03) is a fully virtual lab. The lab sections .01 and .02 are in person No undergraduate students