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Master of Public Health (Health Program Evaluation Specialisation)

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  • Objectives
    Students specialising in Health Program Evaluation acquire knowledge and skills in both the theory and applied practice of the evaluation of health programs and interventions. There is a strong emphasis on broadening the roles of program evaluation to include program planning, design, implementation, or monitoring as the evaluative focus, as well as the more traditional impact evaluation. The importance of negotiation and planning of program evaluations with commissioners and stakeholders to enhance knowledge utilisation is stressed, and students develop skills in defining appropriate evaluation questions; applying a variety of data collection and analysis strategies; the effective reporting of evaluations; and developing different evaluation plans for pro-active, clarificative, interactive, monitoring and impact evaluation purposes. The role of program evaluation in the conduct of public health programs and its role in the support of health care management through capacity building is examined.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Public Health (Health Program Evaluation Specialisation)
  • Course description
    Core Subjects
    The following are the core requirements for this specialisation. Students must enrol in:

    505-501 and 505-102 (Consortium subjects)
    505-100 (Recommended Consortium subject)
    505-905 (Research project)

    And choose a minimum of one other appropriate Consortium subjects.

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    505-101  Statistics
    This unit aims to introduce students to basic statistical concepts and methods.     Semester 1     12.50

    505-102  Epidemiology
    The aim of this unit is to provide students with basic quantitative skills necessary for the practice of general public health and to enable students to critically evaluate the published epidemiological literature. The unit provides an introduction t...     Semester 1     12.50

    505-100  Health Economics & Program Evaluation
    This subject provides an introduction to the disciplines of health economics and program evaluation and provides students with the opportunity to develop an appreciation of the contribution that health economics and program evaluation make to the pra...     Semester 2     12.50

    505-905  Research Project in Health Program Evaln
    The Research Project must be in an area of relevance to health program evaluation, and the topic must be approved by the student's supervisor(s). The research project may be: the development of an evaluation plan or protocol; the analysis of exi...     Semester 1, Semester 2     25

    Recommended Group 1 Electives


    Health Program Evaluation 1 is the starting point for study in this stream. Other subjects in the health program evaluation stream build upon and complement this starting point. It is desirable, but not obligatory for students to have completed Health Program Evaluation 1 and 2 before commencing their Research Project.

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    505-907  Economic Evaluation 1
    This subject explores the basic concepts, methods and applications of economic evaluation in the health sector (and public health in particular).     Semester 1     12.50

    505-509  Health Program Evaluation 1
    This subject examines the diverse purposes health program evaluations can serve and the wide range of environments in which health program evaluations are conducted. Using Australian and overseas evaluation examples, students gain an overview of conc...     Semester 1     12.50

    505-510  Health Services Research 1     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    505-909  Economic Evaluation 2
    This subject is aimed at: consolidating student knowledge and skills of conventional microeconomic evaluation techniques covered in Economic Evaluation I; and giving students an understanding of the key issues in moving from economic evaluation to pr...     Semester 2     12.50

    505-966  Environmental Health Services Evaluation
    This subject is designed for students interested or practising in environmental health. The subject introduces students to the evaluation of environmental health services or programs. Topics covered include: the importance of evaluating environmental...     Semester 2     12.50

    505-904  Health Program Evaluation 2
    This subject provides an extension of studies in Health Program Evaluation introduced in Health Program Evaluation 1. Its focus is particularly on issues relating to the selection & development of the preferred program evaluation approach for a p...     Semester 2     12.50

    505-511  Methods for Evaluating Health Services 1
    This subject is a how-to guide for conducting health services research and health program evaluation. Students will be asked to undertake in-depth studies in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, the use and limitations of experimental, quasi-e...     Semester 2     12.50

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