PUBH5705 Health Program Evaluation

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
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.
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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) program evaluation proposal at the end of the teaching period; (2) take-home examination due two weeks after the end of the one-week intensive face-to-face component; 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
RMED4403 Health Program Evaluation
Contact hours
offered intensively

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

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