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Thematic Series: Lessons Learned in conducting complex evaluations in low- and middle-income settings

In this set of papers, we share practical lessons learned from conducting large scale surveillance and evaluation operations over a long-term collaboration between the award-winning Ghana Health Service Kintampo Health Research Centre, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in programmes to improve maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH).

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Emerging Themes in Epidemiology aims to promote debate and discussion on practical and theoretical aspects of epidemiology. We welcome primary research and discursive articles. We particularly encourage submissions in the following areas:

  • New epidemiological concepts and methods, including new statistical methods
  • Novel ways of presenting and providing insights into existing epidemiological concepts and methods, including in a teaching environment
  • Use of epidemiological research methods in non-medical settings
  • Causal inference in epidemiology
  • Applications of new technologies in field studies
  • Ethical issues in epidemiological research
  • Methodological developments in molecular and genetic epidemiology and novel applications in these areas
  • Historical articles and re-assessments of classic papers

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Professor Steven S. Coughlin, Augusta University, USA

Dr. Coughlin has a broad background in public health, epidemiology, and clinical research.  His research interests include health disparities, women’s health, Veterans health, cancer prevention and control and cancer epidemiology, and cardiometabolic disease.

He is currently principal investigator of the Gulf War Women’s Health Cohort, which was funded by the U.S. Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs. While at Augusta University, Dr. Coughlin has been engaged in collaborative studies of healthy lifestyle interventions for adult clinic patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus; the effectiveness of patient web portals for improving glycemic control among patients with diabetes; and the health of women veterans.

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