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Population, Family and Reproductive Health - Summer Institute in Data to Policy

Course Offerings and Schedule


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

  • 380.601.9 Critically Evaluating the Science for Policy and Practice (2 credits)
    June 5th-16th, 2023 | M W  F – 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 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 Youth Voice in Public Health (1 credit)
    June 12th-14th, 2023 | M W – 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    This is a hybrid course. Students in the 380.607.49 section of the course participate synchronously online, and students in the 380.607.11 section of the course participate synchronously onsite. All students are expected to be present and engage in course discussion during the class times indicated.
    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.

  • 380.706.79 Using Data to Inform Family Planning Policies (2 credits)
    June 6th-15th, 2023 | T Th – 7:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.
    Introduces the strategic development, organization, and management of nationally-organized, voluntary, family planning programs in low-income countries. Covers rationales that are advanced for national family planning policies and programs; using data to identify possible interventions; and the role of evidence, ethics, and stakeholder priorities in the development of family planning policies and programs.
  • 380.707.79 Advocating for Global Reproductive Health (2 credits)
    June 6th-15th, 2023 | T Th – 10:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.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).

  • 380.708.79 Strategic Leadership Principles and Tools for Health System Transformation in PFRH (2 credits)
    June 5th-16th, 2023 | 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 5th-16th, 2023 | 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

  • 380.709.79 Introduction to Program Evaluation in PFRH (1 credit)
    June 5th-7th, 2023 | M W – 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Are you interested to learn how to determine whether a program is effective? This course teaches students to describe a program from the lens of an evaluator and the skills and knowledge needed to conduct a program evaluation. Familiarizes students with the basic concepts of program evaluation. Teaches skills in writing goals and SMART objectives, as well as developing logic models and creating a plan for a process evaluation.

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."