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Certificate in Methods in Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is critical as donors, governments, and other relevant stakeholders attempt to validate their investments and improve public health program performance. Students with a Certificate in Methods in M&E can expect to acquire the necessary skills to assess the performance, effectiveness, and impact of global public health programs. The courses offered will enable students to work effectively with global public health organizations involved with M&E and program implementation. The Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is recognized for its expertise in M&E, and for producing students with strong marketable skills in this area. Students with this certificate will be prepared for jobs within the public and private sector that focus on M&E across a broad range of public health areas. Jobs in this area include M&E specialists and advisors, technical advisors, data analysts and program managers.

Offered by: Global Health Systems and Development

Faculty Lead:  Josh Yukich, PhD


Certificate Purpose

Students with a Certificate in Methods in Measurement and Evaluation will meet the following learning objectives:

  • Apply the basic terminology and definitions of M&E including basic epidemiological measurements, impact evaluation, indicators, bias, internal and external validity, logical frameworks, and public health program goals, measurable objectives, inputs, outputs, outcomes and impacts;
  • Calculate basic measures commonly used in M&E;
  • Draw appropriate inferences from M&E data;
  • Work with stakeholders to conduct evaluations and improve programs; and
  • Communicate M&E information and findings to other lay and professional audiences.

Eligible Students

Students enrolled in a MPH, MSPH, MPH&TM, or MHA degree program at Tulane SPHTM. Students in the Department of Global Health Systems and Development are also eligible.


Certificate Competencies


Students who earn the Certificate in Methods of M&E will be able to:

  • Understand the theory and role of M&E of global public health programs, and explain the importance of M&E data for informing public health programs and decision making (GHSD 7270, GHSD 7280, GCHB 6180);
  • Monitor and assess the implementation, effectiveness and impact of public health programs (GHSD 6270, GHSD 6280, GHSD 7440, GHSD 8250, BIOS 6040, BIOS 6800, EPID 7120); and
  • Work effectively with donors, governments, implementing organizations, and other relevant stakeholders to validate investments and improve global public health program performance (GHSD 6270, GHSD 6280).

Number of Credits Required for Completion: 16


Prerequisite Courses

  • BIOS 6030 Introduction to Biostatistics
  • EPID 6030 Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Plus one of the following:
    • EPID 6230 Computer Packages for Epidemiology
    • BIOS 6230 Computer Packages for Statistical Analysis
    • BIOS 6280 Introduction to STATA

Required Courses

  • GHSD 6270 Monitoring of Program Interventions in Global Health* (2) (fall and spring)
  • GHSD 6280 Evaluation of Program Interventions in Global Health* (2) (fall and spring)
  • GHSD 7440 Household Sampling Applications in Developing Countries (3) (spring) (prerequisites: BIOS 6030 and EPID 6030)
  • EPID 7120   Epidemiologic Methods II (3) (fall and spring) (prerequisites: BIOS 6030, EPID 6030, and one of the following: EPID 6230, BIOS 6230, BIOS 6280)
  • BIOS 6040   Intermediate Biostatistics (3) (fall and spring) (prerequisites: BIOS 6030, EPID 6030, and one of the following: EPID 6230 BIOS 6230, BIOS 6280)
  • Plus at least one of the following courses:
    • GHSD 8250 Advanced Research Methods in Global Health (3) (spring)
    • BIOS 6800 Introduction to Public Health GIS (3) (fall and spring)
    • GCHB 6180 Formal Qualitative Methods (3) (fall and spring)

Note: Students who complete the concentration in International Health Programs in GHSD must take GHSD 6270 and GHSD 6280 to fulfill the requirements for that concentration. If they wish to obtain the M&E certificate in addition, they will replace these four credit hours with:

  • GHSD 7210 Survey Data Analysis in Family Planning and Reproductive Health Research (3) (spring)
  • BIOS 6300 Introduction to GIS (1) (fall and spring)

Note 2: Students who are required to take BIOS 6040 and/or EPID 7210 to complete their MPH must instead take GHSD 8250 and GHSD 7210 to fulfill the requirements of this certificate.

Students should consult with their academic advisor to determine which certificate best fits their professional and academic goals and how best to plan their graduate course schedule.

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