International Research Coordinating Center

What is the IRCC?

The International Research Coordinating Center (IRCC) is a core group within the Center for Global Health and Development (CGHD) that provides high quality technical and analytical support for global health projects within the Center.  Currently, IRCC staff provide support to more than 15 distinct research projects in low and middle income countries.

What services does the IRCC provide?

The IRCC provides a wide array of technical services from project design through analysis and publication. IRCC staff are skilled in many types of projects including but not limited to the following:

  • Randomized controlled trials
  • Observational studies
  • Case-control studies
  • Cohort studies
  • Retrospective medical record review
  • Quasi-experimental studies
  • Program evaluation
  • Qualitative studies

Services available include the following:


Data Entry and Management

Data Analysis


  • Protocol Design
  • Sample Size Calculations
  • Data Safety Monitoring Plans
  • Budgeting
  • Design of Data Collection and Entry Systems
  • Data cleaning
  • Data correction
  • Monitoring of data entry systems
  • Training
  • Dataset cutting
  • Dataset queries

  • Summary reports
  • Crude analysis
  • Bivariate and multivariate analysis
  • Report writing (methods/results)


What areas of expertise does the IRCC cover?

The IRCC is made up of faculty and staff with ample experience in Epidemiology, Health Economics, Biostatistics, Demography, Monitoring and Evaluation, and other areas. Below is a sample list of the specific subject areas covered by current IRCC-supported projects:

  • Economic impacts of HIV on labor productivity
  • HIV treatment retention in care and HIV treatment outcomes
  • Vertical HIV transmission (pMTCT and integration of HIV services into antenatal care)
  • Water, sanitation and hygiene
  • Childhood pneumonia
  • Maternal mortality
  • Occupational exposures to blood and body fluid
  • Malaria case management
  • mHealth interventions
  • Cost and outcomes of HIV care
  • Syphilis testing approaches
  • Maternal vaccination and infant health outcomes
  • Health services utilization and quality of care

What resources are available?

  • 5 faculty and 3 full-time staff members with extensive experience in design, conduct, and analysis of projects in a variety of disciplines
  • Secure data computers loaded with software packages such as Microsoft Office, SAS, STATA, CSPro, EpiInfo, Teleform, NVivo
  • Available consultation with Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department faculty at the BU School of Public Health