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Implementation and Sustainability of Community-Based Health Programs

East Baltimore
4th term
Health Behavior and Society
3 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • M W,  9:00 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Chidinma Ibe

This course will appeal to those who are interested in the practical application of theoretical principles related to program implementation, evaluation, and sustainability.

Provides an overview of the range of intrapersonal, interpersonal, and organizational factors that may influence program implementation, sustainability, and outcomes. Explains the role and importance of community engagement and collaboration across the spectrum of a program’s lifecycle, from conception to executing the activities that make up a program, to evaluating the link between program implementation and desired outcomes, to determinations of program sustainability. Offers students the opportunity to develop skills in appraising which factors affect a program’s implementation and subsequent sustainment through seminal readings on program implementation and sustainability, lab assignments, peer-learning, and lectures. Equips students to make evidence-based recommendations for program implementation and sustainability for organizations seeking to develop community-based programs.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe key concepts for implementing and sustaining effective health interventions in community-based/community-placed settings.
  2. Recognize which stakeholders should be engaged in the process of developing, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining a community-based program.
  3. Explain how to address barriers of a community-based program’s implementation and sustainment that operate at the interpersonal, intrapersonal, organizational, social/environmental, and political levels, and leverage their facilitators.
  4. Identify a program’s goals, develop SMART objectives related to their achievement, and select appropriate indicators and outcomes to evaluate its impact.
  5. Analyze and apply at least 2 theoretical frameworks and/or conceptual models related to implementing and sustaining community-based/community-placed health programs.
  6. Create process and outcome evaluation strategies to support community-based program implementation and sustainability.
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 95% Group Work
  • 5% Participation

Instructor Consent:

No consent required