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Open to Graduate-level Public Health students only All other students require instructor permission; Must submit the request at http://go.uvm.edu/ph Students will be notified if permission is granted before classes begin; Contact student Advisor, Vika Pleshakova at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Public health programs range from small, highly focused assessments of efforts in community agencies to large federally- and foundation-funded population health projects. Program evaluation can be crucial for guiding initiatives through implementation and for understanding the impacts (positive, negative and neutral) that resulted from a program’s activities. At all levels, there is the need to understand if a program is performing as intended and where changes may need to be made. As health systems and programs become ever more varied and complex, public health program evaluation must adapt to identify and include all stakeholders (often including community members) yet maintain objectivity and uphold human rights, equity and consent in health programs. This course introduces common frameworks and methods used to plan and implement a public health program evaluation. Students have the opportunity to prepare and present their own program evaluation plan in an area of interest to them, as well as review and critique existing evaluation plans and case studies.
The required text is Evaluating Public and Community Health Programs, 2nd Edition (2017) by Muriel J. Harris (ISBN 978-1119151050). The course is entirely online and taught asynchronously. Students should expect to spend 6 - 8 hours a week engaging with the course, including in discussion groups, brief written assignments, readings, reviewing and reacting to example case studies, and developing a final program evaluation proposal and presentation. The course is organized as a series of modules and students are expected to actively participate in each module.
Students will evaluated based on written answers to reflection questions, conducting case review studies of real-world evaluation, discussion participation and an evaluation proposal.
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