The program planning competency encompasses the ability to plan for the design, development, implementation and evaluation of strategies to improve individual and community health.

CIVIL SOCIETY & COMMUNITY STUDIES 501 Evaluation Research in Practice 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Offered: Fall 

This course introduces students to the design and use of evaluation to understand and assess those places within communities (e.g., groups, organizations, networks, associations) that are critical to civil society. The course combines community-based experiential learning (e.g., collaborative action research and/or descriptive analysis of selected settings) with classroom instruction. Note: This course serves as a methods course for the MPH program.

NURSING 761 Health Program Planning, Evaluation, and Quality Improvement 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Offered: Spring 

This course provides content in theory, concepts and methods of program planning and evaluation in the context of health care and community health organizations. Provides basic concept related to designing and implementing health services quality improvement projects. Note: This course serves as a methods course for the MPH program.

POP HLTH 803 Monitoring Population Health

  • Credits: 3
  • Offered: Fall
  • Prerequisites: POP HLTH 797

Students learn applied techniques for community health assessment, a core function of public health. Actual population health data (including census, natality, mortality, hospital discharge and behavioral risk factor) are retrieved from the web for analysis and interpretation. Note: This course serves as a methods course for the MPH program.

PUB AFFR 871 Public Program Evaluation 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Offered: Fall 
  • Prerequisites: Grad student & PUB AFFR 818 or equiv, or consent of instructor 

The course compares the conceptual, statistical, and ethical issues of experimental, quasi-experimental and non-experimental designs for program evaluation. Definitions of outcomes, sample size issues, statistical biases in measuring causal effects of programs, and the reliability of findings will be emphasized using case studies selected from current public programs. Note: This course serves as a Methods Course for the MPH program.