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Implementation and Sustainability of Community-Based Health Programs

3rd term
Health Behavior and Society
3 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online
Mon 01/23/2023 - Fri 03/17/2023
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Chidinma Ibe

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


This course provides an overview of the range of intrapersonal, interpersonal, and organizational factors that may influence program implementation, sustainability, and outcomes. Course content explains the role and importance of community engagement and collaboration across a program’s lifecycle, from conception to executing activities that make up a program, to evaluating the link between program implementation and desired outcomes, to determinations of program sustainability. Students will be equipped to make evidence-based recommendations for program implementation and sustainability for organizations seeking to develop community-based programs.

Uses projects primarily from domestic settings to illustrate and evaluate the program component delivery process and continuation or sustainability of activities and benefits of community-based disease prevention and health promotion programs after initial funding ends. Covers theories of innovation and organizational change; community participation and involvement; programmatic, cost-benefit, and ethical considerations related to the goal of sustainability; program characteristics associated with sustainability; and the relationships between investments in health and overall community development.

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:

  • 75% Assignments
  • 25% Participation

Enrollment Restriction:

DrPH students only

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

DrPH students only

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