MPH Concentration in Evaluation and Measurement
Evaluation is critical to public health programs locally and globally, as donors, governments, and other relevant stakeholders must validate their investments and improve program performance. Tulane SPHTM is recognized for its expertise in monitoring and evaluation, and for producing students with strong, marketable skills in this area. Students with a focus in evaluation and measurement will be prepared for jobs within the public and private sector that focus on Measurement and Evaluation (M&E). Illustrative jobs in this area include M&E specialists and advisors, technical advisors, data analysts and program managers.
The 45-credit hour MPH curriculum is designed to prepare students to improve the health of populations worldwide through strengthening health systems, building stronger communities and facilitating healthy behaviors in an increasingly globalized world.
- Apply the basic terminology and definitions of M&E.
- Calculate basic epidemiologic measures.
- Communicate M&E information and findings to lay and professional audiences.
- Draw appropriate inferences from epidemiologic and M&E data.
- Differentiate among goals, measurable objectives, related activities, and expected outputs, outcomes and impacts for a public health program.
- Explain the importance of M&E data for informing public health programs and decision making
School Required Core Courses
BIOS 6030 Introduction to Biostatistics
EPID 6030 Epidemiologic Methods I
GEHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health
TRMD 6010 Biological Basis of Disease
GHCB 6030 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health
GHSD 6030 Principles of Health Systems Administration and Management
Department Required Course
GHSD 6010 Comparative Health Systems
Concentration Required Courses
(Note: It is recommended that students in this concentration supplement the coursework below with study and courses focused on a substantive area: disasters/public health emergencies, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases/malaria, or reproductive health)
GHSD 6270 Monitoring of Program Interventions in Global Health, or equivalent
GHSD 6280 Evaluation of Program Interventions in Global Health
GHSD 7440 Household Sampling Applications In Developing Countries
BIOS 6040 Intermediate Biostatistics (pre-requisites: BIOS 6030 or equivalent, and BIOS 6230 (SAS), BIOS 6240 (SPSS), or equivalent)
EPID 7120 Epidemiologic Methods II (pre-requisites: EPID 6030, BIOS 6030 and EPID 6230)
EPID 6230 (Computer packages for Epidemiology) OR BIOS 6230 (Computer Packages for Statistical Analysis) OR BIOS 6280 (Introduction to STATA)
Concentration Recommended Courses
GHSD 6780 Information Systems
GHSD 7090 Public Nutrition: Assessment and Advanced Analysis
GHSD 7120 Monitoring and Evaluation of Maternal and Child Health
GHSD 7130 HIV biological & behavioral surveillance in hard to reach populations using respondent-driven sampling (RDS)
GHSD 7250 Advanced Research Methods in Global Health
BIOS 6220 Database Management in the Health Sciences
BIOS 6300 Introduction to ArcGIS
BIOS 7060 Regression Analysis
BIOS 7150 Categorical Data Analysis
EPID 6130 Design and Evaluation of HIV/Aids Programs (this course may be replaced by an GHSD course in the future)
Model Course Schedule
The Department of Global Health Systems and Development offers two options for students to complete this graduation requirement: a comprehensive exam or a public health analysis. This activity should be completed in the student’s final semester.
Culminating Exam: The first option for completing the culminating experience will be a comprehensive exam developed by the school (Part A: which will test the student's knowledge of the core course material) and the department (Part B: which will test the student's knowledge in the major areas represented by the departmental core course). This exam will be given only three times each year and it is the student's responsibility to be present in New Orleans to take the exam on the given day. Students must arrange their schedules accordingly.
Public Health Analysis: The Public Health Analysis is a formal, professional written document much like a peer reviewed journal article. The Public Health Analysis is a substantive review and discussion of the body of knowledge in a selected field of public health. The report should thoroughly and completely address the selected topic. GHSD will require that the final report be presented to the faculty advisor no later than one month prior to the date of graduation.
The Department of Global Health Systems and Development requires a period of practical training (the Practicum) of a minimum of 250 hours, usually in the summer between the second and third semesters (for those enrolling in fall). The practicum provides students with experience in an actual health delivery or development setting, program or project, in which students apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their coursework to practical settings. The specific outline and reporting requirements of the practicum are detailed in the SPHTM field practicum handbook.
Evaluation and Measurement Faculty
Philip Anglewicz, PhD
Jane Bertrand, PhD
Mai Do, PhD
Thomas Eisele, PhD - Concentration Lead
Anastasia Gage, PhD
David Hotchkiss, PhD
Paul Hutchinson, PhD
Joseph Keating, PhD
Rachel Kidman, PhD
Valerie Paz Soldon, PhD
Joshua Yukich, PhD
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