MPH5306 - Evaluation in public health - 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


Associate Professor Dragan Ilic

Unit guides


Monash Online

  • Teaching Period 4 2017 (Online)


This unit provides an introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methods used in public health and the evaluation of disease prevention and health promotion strategies. Levels of evaluation will be examined, with the range of qualitative and quantitative methods suitable for answering different evaluation questions explored. An emphasis will be placed on the evaluation challenges posed by the complexities of public health action and the contexts in which it is carried out, with case studies used to foster an understanding of these issues.


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

  1. Identify and comprehend the relationship between program plans and evaluation plans
  2. Differentiate between appropriate quantitative and qualitative approaches to public health evaluation
  3. Critically appraise strengths and limitations of quantitative and qualitative research designs in public health evaluation
  4. Develop survey questions and interview guides that demonstrate an understanding of measurement quality
  5. Develop a public health evaluation plan.


  • Responses to 6 weekly forum discussion topics (45%) (hurdle)
  • Written essay (3,000 words) (45%) (hurdle)
  • Quiz (Multiple choice) (30 minutes) (10%)

Workload requirements

Off-campus: 20 hours per week for 6 weeks.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


Must be enrolled in course 4528, 4529, M6007 or M6021