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Applying Evaluation to More Effectively Reach Communities Through Primary Health Care

1st term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
  • Jennifer Winestock Luna
  • Henry Perry
Jennifer Winestock Luna

Are you interested in finding out if communities are effectively reached by primary health care? Would you like to learn how to design an evaluation to find out? Through this course you can take advantage of years of experience working with program implementers to design evaluations and learn simple steps for making decisions that guide you through this process.

Presents fundamental concepts and approaches for evaluating primary health care programs in low- and middle- income countries. Prepares students to analyze real-world programs so that they can make basic decisions resulting in evaluation designs that can be practically applied. Discusses actual experiences of working with implementers to design evaluations that balance methodological rigor with restraints of time and budget. Includes fundamental concepts such as choosing indicators, objectives and appropriate study designs; working with implementers who may not be evaluation experts; and understanding context.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Explain the process for determining critical details of a project or program in order to design an appropriate evaluation
  2. Explain important aspects of primary health care that permit health improvement in low- and middle-income countries
  3. Develop objectives, indicators and study designs that have the appropriate amount of rigor for the project or program situation
  4. Compare and contrast the uses for quantitative and qualitative information in evaluation designs
  5. Design a conceptual framework and practical approach that can serve as a base for developing an evaluation design
  6. Determine the most appropriate evaluation design given the limitations of time and budget and the nature of project/program activities
Methods of Assessment:

Coursework: 30%, Participation: 10%, Final project: 60%

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to students in MAS in Community-based Primary Health Care Programs in Global Health

Instructor Consent:

No consent required