Increasing reach - faculty training in implemenation science methods
With generous funding from a private donor, the McGoldrick Professional Development Program in Public Health aims train faculty from sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) to teach courses in implementation science methods, with the ultimate goal of improving capacity to promote and evaluate the adoption and integration of evidence-based practices into complex, real-world settings. Our program relieves the burden many instructors face in trying to develop curricula on their own; create an international community of instructors that can work collaboratively rather than in isolation as one of few at their own institutions; and improves pedagogical skills. As the Scientific Director for the overall program Dr. Larson has developed a four-part training model. Faculty fellows first come together through online training, which focuses on the course content. This training takes 10-40 hours to complete, depending on the faculty member's pre-existing comfort with the material, and includes a mix of pre-recorded lectures, interactive assignments, and mini-quizzes. Second, faculty fellows meet at a host site in SSA for a one-week in-person training. These sessions include instruction in both course content and teaching methods.Third, the faculty fellows stay in-country to teach the inaugural course to a cohort of students at that site (e.g. The University of Rwanda). Finally, the faculty fellows return to their home sites and adapt, then offer, the course to their students, with the support from their cohort of faculty fellows, and the course director.
As the course director for the 2018-2019 course "Methods for Data Management with Software Application", Dr. Larson recruited and trained 11 faculty from 10 institutions across eight countries in SSA. These faculty have in turn offered the course six times, reaching over 100 additional students. Dr. Larson designed the course and the faculty training program. The next course, "Complex Survey Analysis", will be offered in Ethiopia in 2020.
Graduate level training
In the Spring of 2019 Dr. Larson held an Instuctor appointment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard Chan School) and served as the instructor for the course GHP 506: Measuring Population Health. In the summers of 2020 and 2021 Dr. Larson co-taught ID 505: Epidemiologic Methods for Global Health with Dr. Smith Fawzi and Professor Pagano.
Prior to that Dr. Larson served as one of the four main content developers for the online course Introduction to Public Health, offered in 2018-2019 and required for all masters students at the Harvard Chan School.
Dr. Larson has also served as the teaching assistant for the following courses at the Harvard Chan School, earning her two teaching awards:
- ID 505: Epidemiologic Methods for Global Health, Summer 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
- GHP 244: Health Sector Reform: A Worldwide Perspective, Fall 2015, 2016
- ID 212: Large Scale Effectiveness Evaluations, Spring 2015, 2016, 2017
- BST 216: Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Monitoring and Evaluation, Spring 2017
In 2010 Dr. Larson traveled to Kenya for the School for Field Studies to be the teaching assistant for a course in "Monitoring and Evaluation". This was a mixed-methods applied course for undergraduate students from the U.S. and MPH students from Kenya. Dr. Larson taught all aspects of the course related to quantiative research methods.
In addition to the full courses described above, Dr. Larson has taught guest lectures and given invited talks, including:
- Organizational control knob: Task sharing. For course on "Health Sector Reform: A Worldwide Perspective. December 12, 2019. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Boston, MA.
- Quality improvement research applications in Tanzania. International course: improving the quality of health services. October 11, 2019. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Boston, MA.
- Overview of methods to measure quality of care. Quality of TB Care. June 19, 2019. McGill University. Montreal, Canada.
- Quality improvement in maternal and child health. Quality of TB Care. June 20, 2019. McGill University. Montreal, Canada.
- Community health centers: Tasks and Impact. International Seminar: Strengthening Human Resources for Health. Prof: Thomas Bossert and Diana Bowser. June 12, 2019. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Boston, MA.
- Measurement and Evaluation in Maternal Health. Course on “Quality and Performance Measurement in Healthcare.” Prof: Deborah Garnick. February 14, 2019. Brandies University. Waltham, MA.
- McGoldrick Professional Development Program in Public Health. Biostatistics Lightening Talk. February 7, 2019. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Boston, MA.
- Difference in difference analysis and real examples of research processes. Program Evaluation Course. Prof: Margaret Kruk, Columbia University. April 8, 2013 and April 7, 2014. New York, NY.
- Monitoring and Evaluation of HIV Treatment Programs. Course on Monitoring and Evaluation of HIV/AIDS Programmes. University of Pretoria. August 9, 2011. Pretoria, South Africa
- Assessing the Outcomes of PEPFAR in South Africa. ICAP, Harvard University, and Boston University. May 6, 10, & 12, 2011. United States.
- Monitoring and Evaluation. Aurum. March 11, 2011, Johannesburg, South Africa.
- Epidemiology and origins of HIV. Peace Corps Training. February 15, 2011, Mokopane, South Africa.
- Treatment quality of care indicator review and status of nurse initiated and maintained antiretroviral treatment. The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief South Africa care & treatment partners’ meeting.November 9-10, 2010, Johannesburg, South Africa.