These hands-on, visual learning materials were developed by Dana Thomson with support from the University of Rwanda – College of Medicine and Health Sciences – School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School Global Health Research Core, and the Human Resources for Health Project.


These materials are tailored to support research capacity building in low-resource settings where there is extensive existing survey data, but limited mentorship and skills to analyze it. Populationsurveyanalysis.com materials are being used in a flipped classroom at the University of Rwanda, and as on-demand reference material by faculty, graduate students, and government statisticians.



Learners in low-bandwidth settings can download YouTube videos and/or PDFs for offline viewing. These materials are just as useful in well-resourced settings! The text in the handouts match the audio of the videos to ensure that (1) low-bandwidth learners do not miss essential material, and (2) to support learners who do not speak English as a first language. Exercises focus on application and provide learners with example code, output, text, and interpretations.

Materials are shared publicly on this website, and quizzes are provided to ensure understanding of key concepts in each video. Apply your knowledge and develop skills through the milestone assignments, designed to take 4-8 hours each. Instructors who wish to use this material in their own classrooms, or self-guided students may download the curriculum guide here, including recommended in-class activities and answer keys.


Population Survey Analysis was the first “flipped” course to be taught at the University of Rwanda-College of Medicine and Health Sciences-School of Public Health. Here are the results from that pilot course as presented at eLearning Africa 2015.


Some statistical materials were adapted from courses taught by Bethany Hedt-Gauthier. All images are original or were downloaded from the web under creative commons license agreements. Special thanks to Saurabh Kamalapurkar for his eLearning mentorship and Jean de Dieu Harerimana for his video editing support.

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