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Applications in Program Monitoring and Evaluation

East Baltimore
4th term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
4 credits
Academic Year:
2018 - 2019
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Allison West



Builds on 380.611, Fundamentals of Program Evaluation and partially fulfills the MPH practicum requirement. The Fundamentals course prepared students to explain major concepts in program evaluation, perform fundamental tasks in evaluation, and write a basic evaluation plan, and Applications in Program Monitoring introduces advanced evaluation methods using concrete illustrations from real world evaluations of public health initiatives. Class sessions integrate lectures with case studies, experiential learning activities, and reflection. Students develop enhanced skills in the design of appropriate evaluation plans for specific community-based public health programs, with an emphasis on problem solving to address challenges and promote the usefulness of results. Includes a service learning component.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Explain strategic approaches, methods and principles in applied program evaluation
  2. Explain the aims and uses of evaluation from the perspective of a local community-based organization
  3. Demonstrate skill in critiquing evaluation designs and published studies
  4. Demonstrate skill in designing a rigorous and useful evaluation plan
  5. Demonstrate skill in communicating evaluation plans in writing and in oral presentation
  6. Select methods to evaluate public health programs
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation is based on participation and both written and oral assignments.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Includes a service learning component. Each student will be assigned to work in a small group to assist a local community based organization (CBO) with evaluation needs. Students will meet with program directors and staff at the CBO at least twice during the term. The final assignment includes a written report and group presentation to the CBO during the final week of class. The nature of the assignment will vary slightly depending on the needs of the community-based organization to which you are assigned. Students will have the opportunity to rank their preferences for CBO assignments; most students receive their first or second choice. This course partially fulfills the MPH practicum requirement (50 hours). Attendance will be mandatory for select dates throughout the term. Failure to attend will result in a reduction in the final grade.