Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Health Programs: Systems Approaches and Techniques

E. Savoia (Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health)

When: June 10-15, 2019


To properly understand a program we need to measure it well. We need to know what to measure, how to measure, how to interpret the measures, and how to convey the information we have gathered. This course introduces methods and tools necessary for monitoring and evaluating public health programs during routine public health activities as well as during large scale emergencies and public health crises. The course will use the case based teaching method developed by the Harvard Business School and examples from the Ebola outbreak, recent water crisis and other types of events to describe how evaluation methods can be used to inform public health decision making. The range of topics includes: evaluation planning, survey development and validation techniques, assessment of modern and rapid testing methods; an overview of various methodologies and designs for estimating coverage and changes for a region; methods for evaluating sub-regional performance (i.e. the health districts of a region); and comprehensive monitoring and evaluation approaches that allow for both local and regional assessment. Emphasis will be on the practical aspects of design, analysis and presentation, including how to evaluate and convey uncertainties associated with inferences made. Students will use a public health systems approach to the evaluation of the programs and discuss as a group the consequences of the decisions they make on the implementation and evaluation of specific public health programs.

General Information

Program Location

The school is held at the Castello Brandolini Colomban in Cison di Valmarino, 40 kilometers north of Treviso, in Veneto, in the north-east of Italy. The castle is now a hotel with meeting, sporting, recreational and well-being facilities.


Accommodation is in a double room and costs EUR 110-125 per day, including full board. A small number of single rooms can be booked at an extra charge on a first-come first-served basis. More information can be found in the course application form and in the hotel accommodation form in the application section of the website. We recommend staying at the Hotel CastelBrando, which is also the course venue. However, students may book other accommodation, but should always book at least half board at the castle (see "FOOD & BEVERAGE SERVICES (WITHOUT STAY)" in the accommodation form.

Registration Fee

The registration fee includes only the course tuition. Accommodation and meals are not included in the tuition fee and should be booked separately (see application). The final deadline for registration is May 31, 2019. The fees below include a non-refundable EUR 200 deposit fee. Course fees depend on whether the applicant is currently a student at an accredited university, and on the timing of enrollment, according to the table below. Returning students (students who have participated in the Summer School in a previous year) and IBS members have a 10% discount on the tuition fee. In addition, multiple candidates applying simultaneously from the same institution can benefit from a 10% discount on the tuition fee. Students may avail themselves of only one discount on the tuition fee.

Registration before March 24, 2019

Registration after March 24, 2019





1 week

1250 EUR

1450 EUR

1450 EUR

1650 EUR

Information and Registration

Please visit the website Summer School on Modern Methods in Biostatistics and Epidemiology for further information.

If you wish to enroll please complete the application form. For any question email to

Course Administration

Cecilia Damiano, Department of Statistics and Quantitative Methods, University of Milano-Bicocca
Francesca Ghilotti (Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet)

Contact numbers:

Cell.:+39 349 3915523 Rino Bellocco (Course director)
Cell.:+39 347 9240424 Marco Bonetti (Course director)


Participants are responsible for obtaining a visa to Italy, if necessary. The School urges applicants to contact the course administration as early as possible, if they require an invitation letter.

Cancellation Policy

A cancellation arriving to the Summer School administrator before 15th of May 2019 will entitle the applicant to a full refund of the tuition, after that the deposit fee (200 €) has been withhold. A cancellation arriving after this time, but still before the start of the course, will entitle the applicant to receive a 50% refund of the tuition, after that the deposit fee (200 €) has been withhold. So, in both cases the deposit fee (200 €) will not be refundable. In all other cases (including no-shows, premature departure) the tuition will not be reimbursed. Cancellation must be made in writing. In the unlikely event that a course(s) needs to be canceled, the School will make this decision as early as possible and will notify the students. In no event will the School be responsible for costs incurred by canceled travel reservations.