Summer 2019 - HSCI 826 G100

Program Planning and Evaluation (3)

Class Number: 4959

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
    HCC 1525, Vancouver

  • Prerequisites:

    Admission to the graduate program or permission of the instructor.



Practical approaches to health needs assessment, needs prioritization, health program planning, and health program evaluation in low-to-middle income countries and/or resource-poor settings. Gender-based analyses are emphasized throughout. A case study approach.


This course will introduce students to program planning and evaluation in public health. Topics will include health program planning models, building logic models, developing evaluation plans (including developing evaluation questions, selecting appropriate methods and data collection strategies, and reporting evaluation findings and making recommendations). By the end of the course, students will be able to describe a variety of approaches and tools used in program planning and evaluation and will have gained practical experience in developing an evaluation plan.


The goal of this course is to provide students with an overview of public health program planning and evaluation.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the basic elements of program planning and evaluation in Public Health.
  • Identify different types of evaluations and be able to justify when and why to use them for evaluating public health interventions.
  • Compare different evaluation approaches and theories.
  • Develop an evaluation plan for a real public health program
  • Discuss a range of qualitative and quantitative methods as used in program evaluation
  • Practice a variety of approaches to sharing evaluation results and facilitating the use evaluation findings


  • Creating a logic model 25%
  • Group evaluation proposal 50%
  • Critical reflection on public health programs and evaluations design 15%
  • Participation 10%



Harris, M. (2017) Evaluating Public and Community Health Programs. Hoboken, New Jersey: Jossey-Bass, A Wiley Brand. 


A limited number of additional readings will be assigned throughout the course (subject to change).
Readings will be made available on Canvas.

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