CDC Evaluation Course (SBS 550)

SBS550, known as the CDC Evaluation Course, is an innovative Harvard Chan School winter session course run in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs. This competitive course, selecting 20-24 students each year, provides didactic instruction in program evaluation on the CDC’s Atlanta campus and then matches students with a real-world evaluation project. SBS550 students spend one week at the CDC and one week with their matched site, developing an evaluation plan. Selected students have their travel and lodging paid for at the CDC and placement site.

You can read more about the course here. 


Past projects include:

  • Educating Physicians in their Communities Breastfeeding Program, Georgia
  • Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System’s Outreach to WIC-enrolled Mothers, Wisconsin
  • Best Beginnings Perinatal Home Visiting Program for Wyoming Babies, Wyoming
  • Live It! Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Sexual Health Education, Division of Indian Work, Minnesota
  • Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, Massachusetts
  • Electronic Health Record Implementation in Title X Family Planning Service Agencies, Michigan

Information sessions for students are typically held in late September.

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