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Critically Evaluating the Science for Policy and Practice

Summer Institute
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online with Some Asynchronous Online
Start Date
Monday, June 3, 2024
End Date
Friday, June 14, 2024
Class Time(s)
M, W, F, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Do you want to know more about how to evaluate science for your work in maternal, neonatal or reproductive health? Do you want to know how to understand inferences from science to use in your work?
Discusses sources of data and methodological approaches used in studies of maternal, neonatal, and reproductive health. Evaluates 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.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify the usefulness and limitations of various data sources for studying maternal, neonatal and reproductive health
  2. Use the analytic and conceptual basis of various methodological approaches for studying pregnancy, maternal, newborn, and reproductive health as a guide to evaluating research
  3. Critically evaluate studies related to maternal, newborn and reproductive health and identify valid inferences from the studies and their implications for policies and programs
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 15% Participation
  • 55% Written Assignment(s)
  • 30% Presentation(s)
Special Comments

Students will attend class sessions virtually. Students are expected to be present and engage in course discussion during the class times indicated