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Measuring Health Outcomes in Field Surveys

About This Course

Travel with our team to India and Kenya to see first-hand how rigorous health research is conducted in the field. This course will focus on the fundamentals of field-based health research with an emphasis on measuring health outcomes in low-resource settings. The course includes real-world examples from J-PAL research studies in India and Kenya, combined with exercises to provide practical insights about study design, measurement of health outcomes and data collection, as well as the common challenges and constraints in implementing health surveys. Through a series of integrated learning modules, the course covers topics such as:

  • Measuring individual and population health
  • Selecting health indicators
  • Measurement tools and selection
  • Questionnaire development
  • Ethical issues

JPAL350x is designed for people from a variety of backgrounds including those who are new to health research as well as managers and researchers from international development organizations, foundations, governments and non-governmental organizations from around the world.

As a self-paced course, learners can access materials at any time. Please note that no certificates can be earned for courses on Open Learning Library.


Although not required, prior familiarity with basic statistical concepts is recommended.

Course Staff

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Dr. Vandana Sharma

Dr. Vandana Sharma is a public health researcher with expertise in maternal and child health, HIV and gender issues. Her research includes randomized trials of community-based interventions to reduce maternal mortality in northern Nigeria and of interventions to reduce HIV transmission and intimate partner violence in Ethiopia. She is also conducting mixed methods research in humanitarian settings to understand gender-based violence in these contexts. She earned her MD from the University of Western Ontario and an MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she was a Sommer Scholar.

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    8 weeks
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