Online Courses

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Online Courses

J-PAL’s online courses were developed to make our training materials available to a worldwide audience.

Online courses run in regular intervals. Past course instances are archived and can be accessed outside the regular course cycle.

J-PAL 101x: Evaluating Social Programs

J-PAL offers an interactive online version of its in-person Executive Education course. This is a five-week course that covers the same material as the conventional on-site version and is hosted on the edX platform. This course is available free of cost, except for a small fee for an (optional) certificate of completion. Visit the course page for J-PAL 101x: Evaluating Social Programs to learn more and register.

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Evaluación de Impacto de Programas Sociales, the Spanish version of the course, is available on edX. Visit the course page for Evaluación de Impacto de Programas Sociales to learn more and register.

Avaliação de Impacto de Programas e Políticas Sociais, the Portuguese version of the course, is available through the Brazilian National School of Public Administration (ENAP). Visit the course page for Avaliação de Impacto de Programas e Políticas Sociais to learn more and register.

J-PAL 350x: Measuring Health Outcomes in Field Surveys

J-PAL 350x is designed for managers and researchers at international development organizations, foundations, governments, and non-governmental organizations from a variety of backgrounds, including those who are new to health research. The course is available free of cost, except for a small fee for an (optional) certificate of completion.

Travel with our team to India and Kenya to see first-hand how rigorous health research is conducted in the field. This eight-week course focuses on the fundamentals of field-based health research with an emphasis on measuring health outcomes in low resource settings. The course showcases real world examples from on-going research studies in India and Kenya, combined with exercises to provide practical insights about study design, measurement of health outcomes and data collection, as well as common challenges and constraints in implementing health surveys in the field. Through a series of integrated learning modules, the course covers topics such as:

  • Measuring individual and population health
  • Selecting health indicators,
  • Measurement tools and selection,
  • Questionnaire development, and
  • Ethical issues.

Case studies and exercises are drawn from research conducted by J-PAL affiliated professors.

Visit J-PAL 350x: Measuring Health Outcomes in Field Surveys on edX to learn more and enroll in the course.

Addressing Health Challenges in Africa

This course is intended primarily for individuals working on the design and implementation of health policies and programs in francophone Africa, including but not limited to staff of government ministries, hospitals and health centers, international organizations, medical NGOs, and public health students.

Despite their diversity, francophone sub-Saharan African countries experience similar types of health challenges. Recent rigorous studies from various regions across the globe point toward possible solutions to improve the health outcomes of the most vulnerable groups. This course aims to:

  • Provide an overview of the health challenges francophone sub-Saharan countries are currently facing.
  • Introduce participants to randomized evaluations, a methodology used to rigorously determine which health programs work best.
  • Present in detail the most promising solutions: How can we take price sensitivity into account? How can we inform and encourage people to modify their health behavior? How can we improve the behavior of health personnel? How can we enhance child and maternal health?
  • Help participants identify and use high-quality scientific evidence for decision-making.

The nine-week course is presented in French, with French, English, Portuguese, and Spanish subtitles. There is no prerequisite.

Watch the course trailer and visit the course page to learn more and register.

The J-PAL/MITx MicroMasters in Data, Economics, and Development Policy (DEDP)

The DEDP MicroMasters, a collaboration of J-PAL Global's Education team, MIT Economics, and MITx, is a rigorous academic program that combines online instruction with in-person course exams that lead to the MicroMasters credential. Course fees cover the exams administered in Pearson testing centers around the world. The MicroMasters online courses cover topics in economics, econometrics, development, and policy. They are offered three times a year and can be taken individually without enrolling in the full program or taking the exams.

Learn more about MicroMasters courses and the MicroMasters Credential or visit the MicroMasters online portal to register.