Fall 2021 - GERO 802 G100

Development and Evaluation of Health Promotion Programs for the Elderly (4)

Class Number: 5193

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    HCC 3122, Vancouver



This course deals with the design, implementation and evaluation of health promotion programs and services for older persons. Students will participate in the development and critical analysis of a variety of health initiatives aimed at healthful aging.


Gero-802 will be a face-to-face class and supported by the CANVAS Bb Collaborate platform. The first six classes will be led by the instructor, covering core material of the course. The next six classes will entail student presentations of the articles shown in weeks 7 – 12 (see below).

In this course, we will examine the design, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion, healthy aging, and disease prevention programs and services for older persons. Students will participate in the development and critical analysis of a variety of health-related programs aimed at healthful aging or disease prevention or management. A selection of approaches will be covered that reflect divergent theoretical and methodological perspectives. Topics include: using theory to guide health promotion research; planning an evaluation, specialized issues for program design and evaluation among older populations, process evaluation, outcome evaluation (including RCT design); sampling and statistical power calculations, economic evaluation, participatory research, as well as design and evaluation applications in a number of substantive areas within gerontology. Examples of programs include: exercise programs targeting frail elders; meta-analysis of caregiver interventions; managing chronic illness, care giving for persons with dementia; elder abuse education; self-care and exercise; wellness programs; cancer screening programs; media campaigns; and programs for institutional populations.


  • Seminar 15%
  • Critiques of 2 Evaluation Studies 50%
  • Final Exam 35%


Critiques of Two Evaluation Studies (25% Each = 50%):

Students are required to write critiques of two evaluation studies selected from outside of the course reading requirements using the knowledge accrued in class meetings and readings. The critiques should follow the guidelines below (and an example will be provided in class):

1) Each critique should be based on a health promotion program targeting older adults or life-course aspects of aging.

2) The critiques should be between 10 and 12 pages (not including references), double-spaced, in readable font size.

3) Assessment of program goals, design, sampling, measurement, analysis, and conclusions should be included in each report.

4) Use American Psychological Association referencing style.

5) The first critique is due Monday Nov. 8th, 2021. The second critique is due Monday Dec. 6th, 2021.



Required Readings:


1) Required Text: Windsor, R. (2015). Evaluation of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs. NY: Oxford University Press. Available for purchase electronically ($37.50 USD for 180 days; or $56.50 USD for 365 days) though several web sites such as RedShelf. [https://redshelf.com/book/1459427/evaluation-of-health-promotion-and-disease-prevention-programs-1459427-9780190235093-richard-windsor ].

Hard copies are available new ($59.95 USD) or used ($26.60USD) through AMAZON.


Windsor, R. (2015). Evaluation of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs. NY: Oxford University Press


2) Additional Readings: (see below for library links): This contains a set of supplementary readings.

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.