Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine


Associate Professor Ben Smith


Alfred Hospital

  • Second semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Off-campus)


Program evaluation can provide valuable evidence to improve the delivery, reach and impact of public health strategies. This unit will equip students with skills to evaluate disease prevention and health promotion strategies using a range of methodologies. Levels of evaluation will be examined, including formative, process, impact and outcome evaluation, and the range of qualitative and quantitative methods suitable for answering different evaluation questions will be identified. The complementary roles of different methodologies will be highlighted, with consideration given to approaches that will facilitate learning for practice. There will be exploration and discussion of the evaluation challenges posed by the complexities of public health action and the contexts in which it is carried out.


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

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


Comparison and analysis of evaluation design options (30%)
Development of impact measurement instrument (30%)
Evaluation plan (40%)

Workload requirements

In addition to weekly activities and online discussions, two non-compulsory on-campus/on-site study blocks are offered.

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Chief examiner(s)

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

Health science