PUB HLTH 7091 - Knowing What Works - Evaluation for Public Health
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code PUB HLTH 7091 Course Knowing What Works - Evaluation for Public Health Coordinating Unit Public Health Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible PUB HLTH 3123, PUB HLTH 7091OL and PUB HLTH 7091UAC Course Description In the era of evidence-based practice and policy in healthcare, everyone needs evidence on how well an intervention works and whether it provides value for money to inform funding decisions. Evaluation is a tool to provide such information: measuring the success of the intervention in achieving its intended outcomes, determining its value, and providing information on how to improve the intervention to attain even greater success.
This course is designed to help students to answer questions such as "Should a new vaccine to protect against invasive meningococcal disease be recommended in publicly funded immunization programs? Did the new parent education program actually result in more children being vaccinated? If not, how can we improve the program?" The course aims to extend students? understanding of the evaluation process and quantitative and qualitative approaches which are used to evaluate a wide range of public health interventions. Using real world examples, emphasis is placed on the value of integrated/mixed evaluation approaches. The course equips students with the practical knowledge and skills to design and apply an integrated framework to evaluate a public health intervention.
Course Coordinator: Dr Teresa Burgess
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
Explain major evaluation approaches and their limitations for a range of public health interventions
Demonstrate an understanding of conceptual and practical issues involved in designing and conducting surveys
Demonstrate an understanding of conceptual and practical dimensions of qualitative research, including data collection, analysing and reporting on qualitative data
Identify, value and analyse health care resources and health outcomes to include in economic evaluation
Demonstrate an understanding of the role of economic evaluations in the decision-making process
Design a project evaluation using mixed methods
Demonstrate an ability to work in teams and communicate effectively with others regarding the evaluation process and findings
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-6 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1-7 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
6-7 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-7 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1-7 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesThere is no set textbook for this course. All resources, including links to journal articles and reading lists, will be disseminated via MyUni.
Online LearningThe primary means of communication outside of formal contact hours will be via MyUni. Announcements and discussion boards will be the main method of communicating with the student cohort. Course material will be supported by online resources via MyUni. Material will be sequentially released in line with the teaching and learning activities in each week.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will be presented as a mix of seminars and workshops. Seminars are delivered on an interactive basis and will be supported by problem-solving workshops where students are required to answer questions and discuss issues that are raised. Workshops will provide an opportunity to explore issues raised during seminars in greater depth, and for students to learn from each other. The course will be delivered in 3 hour blocks.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.This course involves 3 hours of contact time each week during semester, plus additional work outside of class time for reading, class preparation, and assessment tasks.
Learning Activities Summary
TOPICS TO BE COVERED
Principles of evaluation (definition, value, key approaches, outcome vs process, vs. impact measures)
Integration and presentation of findings
Specific Course RequirementsN/A
Small Group Discovery ExperienceN/A
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S)
Integrated evaluation project
Assessment Related RequirementsN/A
Assessment DetailQuizzes (20%)
Two quizzes using short answer or multiple choice will assess student understanding of course content from seminars, workshops and readings.
Discussion paper (1000 words) (25%)
Students will be provided with a publication and asked to critique the evaluation described, including methodology, design and outcomes.
Each student will receive a mark for their participation and engagement in classes throughout the semester. A key component of this grade will involve working in small groups to prepare and ask a question of the guest expert panel discussion at the end of semester.
Integrated evaluation plan (2000 words) (45%)
Each student will develop and report a detailed evaluation plan for a public health intervention, the scenario for which will be provided. The evaluation plan should use an integrated approach, drawing on mixed methods, and must include economic evaluation.
All extensions for assignments must be requested, at the latest, by the last working day before the due date of submission.
Extensions will generally be granted only on medical or genuine compassionate grounds. Supporting documentation must be provided at the time a student requests an extension. Without documentation, extensions will not be granted. Late requests for extension will neither be accepted nor acknowledged.
Only the Course Co-ordinator(s) may grant extensions.
Supporting documentation will be required when requesting an extension. Examples of documents that are acceptable include: a medical certificate that specifies dates of incapacity, a police report (in the case of lost computers, car & household theft etc.), a letter from a Student Counsellor, Education and Welfare Officer (EWO) or Disability Liaison Officer that provides an assessment of compassionate circumstances, or a letter from an independent external counsellor or appropriate professional able to verify the student’s situation. The length of any extension granted will take into account the period and severity of any incapacity or impact on the student. Extensions of more than 10 days will not be granted except in exceptional circumstances.
Marks will be deducted when assignments for which no extension has been granted are handed in late.
All assignments, including those handed in late, will be assessed on their merits. In the case of late assignments where no
extension has been granted, 5 percentage points of the total marks possible per day will be deducted. If an assignment that
is 2 days late is awarded 65% on its merits, the mark will then be reduced by 10% (5% per day for 2 days) to 55%. If that same assignment is 4 days late, the mark will be reduced by 20% (5% per day for 4 days) to 45%, and so on.
The School of Public Health reserves the right to refuse to accept an assignment that is more than 7 days late.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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