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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6131

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2006-02-09
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1822 2005-10-06
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Global Health PH 6408-00-20
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Ricardo Izurieta 48027

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    PHC 6131 Global Health Assessment Strategies

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    4 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    GH Assessment Strategies
    Course Online? Percentage Online




    PHC 6000, PHC 6050

    Course Description

    This course will provide research methods for evaluation of public health interventions in developing countries requiring a large-scale field trials approach. The course gives technical tools and computing skills for large public health field studies.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    This course is one in four that address the core competencies of public health within a global perspective. The four courses that previously made up the core of the concentration were housed in four departments in the College of Public Health. This course

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    This course is one in a series of four required concentration courses for students in the Global Health Practice concentration in the Department of Global Health. Students interested globalization, development, International business and Latin American Studies may be interested in this course.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, It is being taught the fall 2005 for the first time.

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    A doctoral or terminal degree in public health, international public administration, globalization, or equivalent.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    -Define a public health problem, and then select and define variables relevant to measure the impact of health interventions in developing countries.

    -Apply ethical principles to the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of data and information.

    -Elaborate a preliminary proposal

    -Elaborate a questionnaire

    -Design a electronic forms

    -Storage of information in an electronic table

    -Export/Import data

    -Perform a preliminary analysis of data

    -Determine appropriate uses and limitations of both quantitative and qualitative data, and diagnose and investigate a public health problem using data.

    B. Learning Outcomes


    1. Be able to design field trials of health interventions in developing countries.

    2. Be able to make a plan for field operations in developing countries

    3. Perform basic analysis of field trials in settings with restricted technology

    4. Be able to make sample calculations for field health interventions

    5. Be able to define outcome measurements to assess the impact of a health intervention in the incidence, prevalence and severity of main diseases in developing countries

    6. Acquire general knowledge in collection, handling, and storage of laboratory samples in the field

    Computing skills:

    1. Design electronic questionnaire with Epi-InfoTM

    2. Perform Data Quality Assurance with Epi-InfoTM

    3. Perform Data Entry and Management with Epi-InfoTM

    4. Make relationships between primary and secondary questionnaires with Epi-InfoTM

    5. Perform basic data analysis with Epi-InfoTM

    6. Create reports with Epi-InfoTM

    7. Export from and Import into Epi-InfoTM data from other formats like SAS, SPSS, Excel, etc.

    8. Create maps with Epi-Map

    C. Major Topics

    Topics covered in this course include: 1) data collection in developing countries; both qualitative and quantitative, 2) survey development, 3) assessment and evaluation of international programs, 4) Access tables, 5) Access forms, 6) Basic analysis of the data. The format of the course is lecture, computer lab (for Access and EPI-INFO), group discussions, and student presentations.

    D. Textbooks

    Methods for Field Trials of Interventions against Tropical Diseases: a ‘Toolbox by Smith and Morrow. Copies will be available at the COPH Copy Room. *The book is not available in the market. (Permission received from author Peter G. Smith to photocopy.)

    Epi Info Manual

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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