Program Evaluation in Clinical and Public Health Settings

Course Overview

This course will familiarize students with approaches to evaluating an evidence-informed health program or intervention implemented in a clinical or public health setting. Scholars will develop an evaluation plan that uses logic models and evaluation frameworks (e.g., RE-AIM) to guide the systematic collection of information to 1) understand if and how a program/implementation strategy is meeting its stated goals and objectives; 2) improve program/implementation strategy effectiveness; and/or 3) make decisions about future programming.

At the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Explain the main concepts/terms and key elements used in program evaluation;
  • Apply logic models and evaluation frameworks to guide evaluation of their chosen program/implementation strategy;
  • Select appropriate process and outcome metrics for evaluating their chosen program/implementation strategy;
  • Describe qualitative and quantitative approaches to collecting data on process and outcome metrics;
  • Develop effective dissemination strategies for the results of program evaluation.

Audience

Clinicians, public health practitioners, and researchers wishing to gain knowledge and skills in program evaluation.

Prerequisites: None

Faculty

Course Director: Janet Myers, PhD, MPH

Lecturers: Pending

Course Requirements

Required Readings:
Evaluation by Carol Weiss. Prentice Hall. 2nd edition. 1997.
The book may be purchased either through the publisher or a variety of commercial venues (e.g., Amazon.com).
Additional readings will be posted on the course website.

Evaluation of student performance will be based on successful completion of weekly assignments and the final project presentation. The assignments will be geared toward developing sections of an evaluation plan. Completing this course will take an estimated 45 hours of work.

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