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Introduction to Household Surveys for Evaluation of Primary Health Care Programs in Low- and Middle- Resource Settings

Course Status

East Baltimore
Summer Institute
International Health
Academic Year
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Course Instructor(s)
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Are you interested in implementing household surveys in middle and low-resource settings? Are you interested in learning how to build a questionnaire, select households or manage the process? This course teaches these skills using techniques gained from real world experiences implementing Knowledge, Practice, and Coverage (KPC) household surveys.
Introduces participants to fundamental skills needed to design and manage implementation of household surveys. Presents real world experiences of using the Knowledge, Practice, and Coverage (KPC) tool for household surveys in middle and low-resource settings. Includes constructing a questionnaire from standard KPC modules, indicator selection, sampling plan development, use of parallel sampling, household selection, management and oversight plan, and ethical considerations. Introduces participants to adjustments that can be made so that the survey can be implemented within time and budget constraints.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Construct a questionnaire by extracting relevant questions from standard KPC modules, ensuring that questions are linked to program implementation design
  2. Design a sampling plan with a sample size that is appropriate for the information needs of the project, but that fits into time and budget constraints
  3. Describe how to use parallel sampling techniques for 30 cluster sampling methodology
  4. Explain how to adjust indicator definitions in order to simply data collection
  5. Design a plan for household selection
  6. Explain ethical considerations to maintain during the study
  7. Organize a management plan to oversee data collection, quality control and anal
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 20% Homework
  • 25% Draft of final project
  • 55% Final Project
Special Comments

The course requires about 10 hours of pre-course reading and three exercises to be turned in Sunday June 16, 2019 at 11:59 pm. During the course there will be evening assignments, two of which will be graded. A graded draft final project is due on Wednesday July 5, 2019. The graded final project is due on Friday, July 19, 2019.