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Training in Research in Reproductive Health/Sexual Health

Operations Research for Sexual Health

Sarah Hawkes

Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Session on March 2 at 1 PM


Learning Objectives:

By the end of the session students will be able to:

  • Define Operations Research (OR)
  • Describe when to use OR and for which purposes
  • Discuss the benefits and limitations of OR


The lecture will be extremely interactive

  • There will be a short presentation on the fundamentals of OR,
  • The students will be asked to critique OR papers (which will be distributed during the lecture)
  • There will be a general discussion on the benefits and limitations of OR

Suggested reading materials prior to the Session:

  • Fisher A.A. and Foreit J.R. (2002) Designing HIV/AIDS Intervention Studies: An Operations Research Handbook. Population Council.
  • Expanding Capacity for Operations Research in Reproductive Health: Summary Report of a Consultative Meeting. WHO, 2001.