MPH5249 - Field methods for global health planning and evaluation - 2017

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


Mr Geoffrey Chan

Ms Elizabeth Comrie-Thomson

Unit guides


Alfred Hospital

  • Term 3 2017 (On-campus block of classes)


This unit aims to develop students' competence in the basic research tools used to plan and manage health programs at community, district and national level in low- and middle-income countries. Students will be exposed to needs assessments, planning and evaluation, health information collection, and operational research in a global health context. In addition, the unit is intended to provide students with a deeper appreciation of some of the practical considerations involved in conducting field research in low- and middle-income countries.


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

  1. Recognise when and why it is useful to collect and use information for program management.
  2. Identify the types of questions that quantitative and quantitative information help to answer, and devise strategies for collecting this information in a low- and middle income country (LMIC) setting.
  3. Recognise how results-based planning can inform effective program design, monitoring and evaluation in a LMIC setting.
  4. Anticipate common challenges encountered in designing and implementing field research in LMIC settings and devise practical solutions for managing these challenges.
  5. Apply concepts from the unit to make choices about program design, monitoring and evaluation.


  • Logframe matrix (25%)
  • Written critique (1,500 words) (15%)
  • Research proposal (2,500 - 3,000 words) (60%) (Hurdle)

Workload requirements

5 day intensive block.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


Either MPH5040 and MPH5041 or MPH5020.

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