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Summer Institute in Data to Policy

Course Offerings and Schedule

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The following course enables students to assess health and health determinants using data and scientific research

  • 380.601.79 Critically Evaluating the Science for Policy and Practice (2 credits)
    June 7th-11th, 2021 | M T W Th F – 1:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

    Discusses sources of data and methodological approaches used in studies of maternal, neonatal, and reproductive health. Critically evaluate scientific literature in the field and the inferences that can be made from this literature. Evaluates selected research articles in maternal, neonatal, and reproductive health in global and domestic settings. Discusses policy and program implications as well.

Develop Policy

Courses equip students to develop and advocate for evidence-based policies to respond to population health needs

  • 380.607.61 Youth Voice in Public Health (1 credit)
    June 14th-16th, 2021 | M W – 1:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

    Examines how project-based and surveillance data can be used by policy-makers and program administrators to determine needed public health services for youth. Defines the major types of data available for decision making and gaps in available data systems including the determinants of health inequities. Highlights the need for young people to collect, interpret and define data for decision-making in public health and explores the developmentally appropriate conditions for authentic youth engagement in the process. Features young people and adult leaders from the Center's Youth Advisory Board in leadership roles.
  • 380.706.11 Using Data to Design and Evaluate Family Planning Policies and Programs (2 credits)
    June 8th-17th, 2021 | T Th – 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Introduces the strategic development, organization, and management of nationally-organized, voluntary, family planning programs in low-income countries. Covers rationales advanced for national family planning policies and programs; using data to identify possible interventions; components of high-quality service delivery; and the role of evidence, ethics, and stakeholder priorities in the development of family planning programs.
  • 380.707.11 Advocating for Global Reproductive Health (2 credits)
    June 7th-16th, 2021 | M W – 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    The combination of policy analysis, advocacy theory, and practical application provide students with knowledge of the international health policy landscape. Students gain the skills needed to use evidence, ethics, and experience to effectively guide program and policy development. Introduces students to policy analysis and advocacy in reproductive health, with a focus on international family planning. Analyzes policymaking processes and ways to influence these processes through evidence-based advocacy within foreign and domestic political and financial environments. Provides first-hand knowledge of effective advocacy efforts and tools. Emphasizes practical application of the Advance Family Planning SMART approach to advocacy, which centers on advocacy objectives that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound (SMART).

  • 380.708.61 Strategic Leadership Principles and Tools for Health System Transformation in PFRH (2 credits)
    June 7th-18th, 2021 | M W F – 7:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.

    Introduces principles of strategic leadership in the context of facilitating health systems change in low resource settings. Introduces mental models and the household production of health, systems thinking and strategic leverage, personal mastery and commitment to change, action-learning principles and practice, shared vision and creative tension, the theory of constraints and root cause analysis, strategy design and key moves, implementation with accountability, and linking data to action. Develops leadership skills via interactive workbook exercises, small group work and class presentations.

  • 552.622.89 Creating, Implementing and Monitoring Budgets for Projects and Programs (1 credit)
    June 7th-18th, 2021 | Asynchronous online course

    Creating and understanding budgets is a fundamental leadership skill. Budgets promote efficient use of resources, inform decisions about investments, and support strategic decisions aligned with organizational vision and priorities. Addresses strategies for creating budgets for projects and programs. Stresses the essential role of budgets in promoting the health of organizations and resource management. Explores how budgets are used to facilitate project and program management, including assessing whether high-quality outcomes are being achieved on time and within resource constraints or whether changes to the work plan, budget, or available resources are needed.


These courses discuss policy impact and methods of evaluation to assure implemented policies and programs achieve their purpose

  • 380.709.11 Introduction to Program Evaluation in PFRH (1 credit)
    June 7th-9th, 2021 | M W – 1:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

    Familiarizes students in different types of program evaluation, including process and impact evaluations, as well as implementation research. Provides practical experience through a series of exercises involving the design of a logic model, development of indicators, using qualitative research for evaluation, and the development of an evaluation plan to measure impact. Introduces experimental, quasi-experimental, and non-experimental study designs, including the strengths and limitations of each.
  • 380.710.11 Public Health Perspectives On Abortion Policy (1 credit)
    June 8th-17th, 2021 | T Th – 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Provides students with an overview of abortion practice in the United States and worldwide from a public health perspective. Enables students to critically evaluate current research, public health practice, and policy related to abortion, and to speak knowledgeably and accurately on these issues.

Our expert instructors are listed on the Faculty page. Please go to the Registration page to enroll in courses. Cost information can be found on the Tuition page.


"Best teaching by highly skilled and experienced faculty who are passionate about training future leaders who will make a difference. Examples are taken from real life."

"The instructors did such a great job of translating the class to an online format and I think we all really appreciated their effort. The lectures were still interesting and engaging. I really enjoyed the policy brief as an assessment."