This course is an elective course in the postgraduate programs in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, comprising six units of credit towards the total required for completion of the study program.
Pre-requisites: There are no pre-requisites for this course. However, it is expected that you have completed studies in foundations in public health, epidemiology & statistics and health promotion/health behaviour, or are concurrently doing those subjects. Therefore, typically, this course will be most beneficial for those who have already undertaken the core courses in the MPH.
Most students accepted for Masters level courses in this school have prior learning (at undergraduate and other levels) as well as exposure to work in organizational settings, preferably in the health sector. There is some assumption of this prior knowledge; however the course tries to provide direction for further learning and readings, in areas that you have limited exposure. Some of you will have actual experience in program planning, implementation and evaluation. This course has been designed to take into account the wealth of experience that you bring with you and will enable you to place your prior learning in perspective of the broader disciplines of program planning and program evaluation by exposing you to the wider literature in the field. It also uses case studies as an important focus for your learning. Case studies are a well evidenced approach for postgraduate learning and provide opportunity to critically consider a range of issues and settings in the design and evaluation of health programs.
Active participation is the key to getting the best from postgraduate learning. The principle that the best method to learn is by “doing” is followed in this course. We therefore have designed the assessment of the course based on this principle. The course offers you a combination of learning experiences, integrating both individual and group work throughout the class time (or online) and your assessment tasks.
Dwyer, J, Liang, Z., Thiessen, V and Martini, A (2013) Project Management in Health and Community Services, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2nd Edition.
Nutbeam, D and Bauman, A (2014) Evaluation in a nutshell: A practical guide to the evaluation of health promotion programs, McGraw Hill, Sydney. [A very concise pocket book]
Dignan, M.B. and Carr, P.A. 1992, Program Planning for Health Education and Promotion, Second edition, Philadelphia, Lea and Ferbiger. [One of the few texts that contain material on program planning and program evaluation. Only focussed on health education/promotion]
Owen, J .M (2006) Evaluation forms and approaches in Program evaluation: forms and approaches, 3rd edition, Allen and Unwin, Sydney. [A must read book for program evaluation specialists]
Eagar, K., Garrett, P. and Lin, V (2001) Health Planning Australian Perspectives, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest. [One of the few texts on health planning, that covers Australian material]
Guba EG, Lincoln YS. Fourth Generation Evaluation. California: Sage Publications, 1989.
Hawe P, Degeling D, Hall J. Evaluating Health Promotion: A Health Worker’s Guide. Sydney: MacLennan & Petty, 1990. [A classic still. Worthwhile to read]