Needs Assessment, Program Planning and Evaluation

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Needs Assessment, Program Planning and Evaluation

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Public Health

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description:
    This course introduces students to the concepts, methodology and practice of public health planning and evaluation. Students develop knowledge and skills in the planning cycle from needs assessment through to program design, program implementation and program evaluation.

    Course Introduction
    This course introduces students to program planning, design and evaluation. It enables students to reinforce theoretical concepts acquired in first and second year public health courses and to develop practical skills necessary for professional development. The course encourages students to critically consider what constitutes a health issue and the ethical issues surrounding the development of programs to address public health priority issues. In particular it introduces students to the theory and practice of needs assessment, program planning and program evaluation. Students articulate their understanding of the application of theory to practice through the completion of a comprehensive needs assessment and the development of a plan to address a priority health issue.

    Course Aims
    This course aims to equip students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to be able to plan, implement and evaluate a public health program. Specifically it aims to equip students with the ability to conduct and report a needs assessment and design a program plan for a specific health issue. It also aims to equip students with the ability to work in small and large teams to plan, negotiate and coordinate the tasks required to develop a public health program plan.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    1. CONTENT
    1.1 understand why program planning and evaluation is important
    1.2 critically discuss ethical issues surrounding the development of a public health program plan
    1.3 have a working knowledge of the theory and practice of needs assessment
    1.4 develop a program and evaluation plan for a priority public health issue
    1.5 develop critical thinking, research, written and verbal communication skills relevant to professional practice

    2.1 plan and prioritise tasks in small and large teams
    2.2 negotiate and coordinate tasks in small and large teams
    2.3 synthesise information in small and large teams
    2.4 disseminate and communicate information

    Assessment Summary
    Annotated Bibliography-Weighted 10%/100
    Oral Presentation and Discussion-Weighted 15%/100
    Peer Assessment of Presentations-Weighted 10%/100
    Needs Assessment-Weighted 35%/100
    Program Plan-30%/100

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.