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Term: 2nd term
Credits: 2 credits
Contact: Judy Holzer
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:
  • Manel Nebot

Examines the main concepts and tools for the evaluation of public health policies and programs. Emphasizes the main methodological issues related to the evaluation of public health complex interventions. Illustrates how to integrate evaluation with knowledge translation. Covers the following topics: concepts, definitions and approaches to evaluation in public health and differences between performance measurement and evaluation; realist and developmental evaluation approaches; internal and external validity in evaluation research; evaluation indicators including properties and validity, process and impact evaluation, implementation evaluation and monitoring, anticipated trajectories of change and timeline of impact, evaluation design, integrated evaluation and knowledge translation.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Identify the role of program theory in designing evaluations of complex interventions
Identify and describe types of evaluation approaches and how they respond to complexity. Approaches will include realist evaluation and developmental evaluation.
Identify and respond to threats to validity in evaluation design including internal and external validity
Apply varieties of evaluation design including experimental and quasi-experimental designs
Link measurement and design to the theory of change of public health interventions

Methods of Assessment: Students will be evaluated based on class participation (10%) and the submission of an evaluation proposal for a specific program or policy chosen by the student. (90%)
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Class Times:
  • Mon 11/19/2012 - Tue 11/20/2012
  • Monday 8:30 - 6:00
  • Tuesday 8:30 - 6:00
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

Full-time JHSPH students must obtain permission from Judy Holzer prior to registering for this course.

For consent, contact:
Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Frequency Schedule: One Year Only
Next Offered: 2014-2015