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305.613.01 Design and Evaluation of Community Health and Safety Interventions

Health Policy and Management
3rd term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Carolyn Fowler
Course Instructor:

Focuses attention on the importance of integrating program evaluation methods throughout the life of community health and safety interventions, from early assessments, through program planning, testing, delivery and measurement of outcomes. Also focuses on the development of practical program planning, implementation and evaluation skills that may be applied in many different areas of public health. Topics include problem definition and analysis; assessing the social and environmental factors that may impact the development, delivery, and outcomes of interventions; identifying intervention points; selecting among educational, regulatory, and technological interventions to achieve maximum likelihood of success; writing measurable program goals and objectives; designing implementation plans; and examining methods to evaluate the efficacy and effectiveness of interventions.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe, and illustrate with sample worksheets, the process required to design, implement and evaluate community health and safety interventions
  2. Demonstrate their ability to use selected conceptual frameworks as part of this process
  3. Demonstrate their ability to prioritize interventions using objective criteria
  4. Explain selected program evaluation methodologies
  5. Describe potential “unintended consequences” of interventions
  6. Discuss common problems encountered in evaluations
  7. Prepare an “intent to submit” program development proposal
  8. Critique a published evaluation article
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation is based on class participation, a short review of an evaluation article, an on-going program planning log and a final paper.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required