This course is scheduled: 5 x 4 hours on Wednesdays (08:30-12:30) - weekly from 19/10 to 16/11/2016.

Background: Evidence-based decision making in health policy requires to have health data readily available and monitored over time. One way to achieve this goal and obtain valid health-related information is to conduct health surveys.

Objective: This course is intended to introduce students to the principles of survey methodology and practical aspects of survey design and implementation in the context of health research.

Learnings: By the end of this course, the student will have learned how to develop a complete survey protocol to answer a specific research question. More specifically, he/she will understand how to:

- formulate a research question and develop hypotheses that can be studied using survey methods.

- define a sampling frame and determine an appropriate sample method and sample size for a survey

- define and operationalize constructs and variables for survey research

- select valid instruments used in health-related surveys and apply the mode of data-collection that best fits

- understand the advantages and disadvantages of new methods of data collection 

- prepare the survey data for analysis (e.g. creating a data dictionary, data entry, data cleaning, etc.).

- communicate the results of the survey to different audiences.


The students will be evaluated based on the development of a health survey protocol (50% of the final grade) and a written exam (50% of the final grade). The student can choose to do the protocol and the exam either in English or in French.