Public Health Program Evaluation Methods (PUBH5027)

UNIT OF STUDY

This unit of study is taught over two days of residential workshop and is an introduction to Public health program evaluation principles. It builds on core MPH methods subjects, but extends learning objectives to develop skills in practical and applied public health and health promotion program planning, evaluation and research methods. Both qualitative and quantitative methods will be used in program evaluation discussions, but the major focus will be on measuring the implementation of programs, and assessing program impact. There is an emphasis on evaluating 'real world' programs that address chronic disease prevention and health promotion, but other broad public health content areas will also be used as examples. The unit comprises four areas of discussion, including the [i] principles of evaluation; [ii] research designs and methodological issues for community and applied public health settings; [iii] methods for measuring program impact and outcomes; and [iv] the principles of research translation and dissemination. Attendance at the two days of residential teaching is compulsory for participants.

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Further unit of study information

Classes

2 day residential workshop in semester 2

Assessment

in-class participation (20%) and one 1500 word assignments at the end of the unit (80%)

Textbooks

Recommended: Bauman A, Nutbeam D. Evaluation in a Nutshell. McGraw Hill Sydney (2nd Edition, 2013)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.