Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine


Associate Professor Ben Smith



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit will equip students with skills to undertake the evaluation of health promotion programs and policies using a range of methodologies. Levels of health program evaluation, including formative, process, impact, and outcome evaluation, will be examined. The range of qualitative and quantitative methods that are appropriate for different evaluation questions will be presented. An emphasis will be placed on the evaluation challenges posed by the complexities of health promotion and the contexts in which it is carried out, with case studies used to illustrate these issues. Evaluation design and data collection options to strengthen knowledge of program impact will be explored.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Distinguish between levels of evaluation in health promotion and recognise how these are linked to program plans;
  2. Select quantitative designs that are appropriate for different evaluation questions;
  3. Identify the range of qualitative study designs that can be employed and the strengths and weaknesses of these for different strategies and contexts;
  4. Identify methods to measure indicators at all levels of evaluation;
  5. Develop survey questions and interview guides that demonstrate an understanding of measurement quality;
  6. Recognise different aspects of measurement reliability and validity and how these can be evaluated;
  7. Develop a comprehensive evaluation plan.


Evaluation design exercise (template provided) (10%)
Project evaluation plan (template provided) (40%)
Presentation of data collection tools (20 min oral presentation + 30 min class activities) (20%)
Data collection instrument (2,000 words) (30%)

Hurdle: 80% attendance at seminars.

Workload requirements

3 contact hours plus 9 hours of private study per week.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Health science


One of (BND1002, HSC1061, HSC1100, NUT1002, PHH1061) AND one of (BND2001, HSC2051, HSC2101, NUT2001, PHH2051, PHH2101).


PBH3004, PHH3061