RAPID SURVEY COURSE
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This is a free on-line version of a four-unit course that was created and taught by Professor Emeritus Ralph R. Frerichs at UCLA for two decades from 1988 through 2008. The intention of the course, EPI 418 Rapid Epidemiological Surveys in Developing Countries, was to present the need for rapid surveys; an appreciation of theories of sampling; the nature of rapid two-stage cluster surveys; and the importance of such surveys for decision-making. At the end of the course, students were expected to be able to do survey field work, statistically analyze their data, and present findings to a non-epidemiologic audience. This web course replicates EPI 418 and is intended for educational use only. The material should not be downloaded for commercial purposes.

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For supporting information on software and published survey references, click in the left column on Rapid Surveys and Software. To start the course, click on Syllabus and print the course outline and readings (in PDF format). The software training manual (STM, Chapters 1 and 2) explains the use of the software, including Epi Info and Stata. During the course, various handouts were given to the students on aspects of rapid survey methodology (click on Misc Handouts). The course presentations are included in 17 lectures with sound, each developed in Microsoft's Powerpoint and converted to Adobe's Flash for viewing and listening in most contemporary browsers. Lastly, there are two problems and a final group problem that students were asked to complete as part of the course. Suggested answers are included only for the two problems.