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Evaluation of Workplace Health Promotion Programs


Summer Inst. term
Health Behavior and Society
2 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online
Mon 06/20/2022 - Thu 06/23/2022
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th,  1:00 - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Ronnie Goetzel

What is the business case for establishing workplace health promotion programs? What are the essential elements for effective wellness programs? How is workplace health promotion evaluation research performed in a real world setting? How can program managers gather documentary evidence that demonstrates program impact? Which program evaluation designs are applicable to different audiences – health services researchers, business executives, program managers, and policy makers?

Provides an introduction to workplace health promotion (wellness) programs, including a practical measurement and evaluation guide. Explains the key elements of measurement: structure, process, and outcomes. Reviews rigorous techniques and principles used in applied research studies and how they can be adapted to workplace health promotion evaluations. Offers easy to implement techniques for conducting survey studies at the workplace.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Articulate the business case for establishing and maintaining a comprehensive workplace health promotion program and the various outcome measures used to evaluate these programs
  2. Describe methods employed in applied evaluation studies of workplace health promotion programs and distinguish between pre-experimental, quasi-experimental, and true-experimental research designs
  3. Locate case studies that address the health and financial impact of workplace health promotion programs, and incorporate best practices
  4. Prepare a protocol to evaluate certain key outcomes for a workplace health promotion program
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Participation
  • 20% Written Assignment(s)
  • 30% Final Paper
  • 30% Final Presentation

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Prior to the first day of class, students are required to read "Health Promotion in the Workplace" - Chapter 6: Program Evaluation (Michael P. O’Donnell, Editor) American Journal of Health Promotion Press, 2014.