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Applying Household Surveys to Primary Health Care Programs

2nd term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
  • Jennifer Winestock Luna
  • Bill Weiss
Jennifer Winestock Luna

Are you interested in implementing household surveys to find out if primary health care programs produce results? 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. Calculate estimates and confidence intervals as part of data analysis
  8. Organize a management plan to oversee data collection, quality control and analysis
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 10% Participation
  • 30% Assignments
  • 60% Final Project

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to students enrolled in MAS in Community-based Primary Health Care Programs in Global Health

Instructor Consent:

No consent required