UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

RMED4403 Health Program Evaluation

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Multimode
Content This unit provides participants with a comprehensive understanding of the role of evaluation in population health and the range of methods commonly used and increases the capacity of service providers, planners and managers to contribute to high quality health programs and interventions. Students explore the role of evaluation in program design and planning, in determining the process of implementation, and the outcomes and impact of health programs. Students are introduced to qualitative and quantitative methodologies used in evaluative work, and several key frameworks used by evaluators and presented with some of the practical aspects of evaluation and ethical challenges in the development of evaluation methodologies. The unit is suitable for students from any discipline; however it takes a population health focus, and is designed for public and private sector workers and academics who are interested in commissioning and/or conducting evaluations in the future. Evaluation in rural and Aboriginal contexts is also explored.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) discuss key evaluation concepts and some evaluation theory; (2) describe the importance of evaluation in the whole cycle of health planning and allocation of resources; (3) know how to apply both qualitative and quantitative research methods in population health program evaluation; (4) critique the validity and rigour of evaluation work; (5) appreciate the importance of appropriately designed evaluation in a rural health and Aboriginal health contexts; and (6) formulate an evaluation plan for a specific location, population (target group) and program/intervention.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) program evaluation proposal at the end of the teaching period; (2) take-home examination at the end of the teaching period; and (3) group assignment at the end of the one-week intensive face to face component. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Barbara Nattabi
Unit rules
Advisable prior study: PUBH5805 Qualitative Research Methods in Health; or PUBH3305 Health Research Design and Methods; or NURS5819 Nursing Research
Contact hours offered intensively
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.meddent.uwa.edu.au/Units/RMED4403/TS-Y-4/2017
Text

Patton, M. Q. Essentials of Utilization-focused Evaluation: Sage Publications Inc 2012


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