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A34PEP Planning and Evaluating Public Health Interventions
(Last Updated:30 August 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 20

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Students on the Masters of Public Health, Masters of Public Health (International Health), PGCert Public Health, and PGDip Public Health programmes

Taught Semesters:

Full Year Assessed in both Autumn and Spring Semesters 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  The purpose of the module is to develop studentsí skills in planning and evaluating interventions including public health programmes, services and policies. The module will cover the full intervention cycle: i) assessing need and priorities (including health needs assessment, health equity audit and health impact assessment); ii) intervention planning (including programme theory and choosing interventions), and iii) monitoring and evaluation (including quasi-experimental study designs for assessing outcomes, the role of qualitative methods and economic evaluation). As part of the module assessment, students will develop an evaluation protocol for a public health intervention as a collaborative exercise. Structured activities will be used to help students in the development of their group evaluations.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 13 weeks1 per week4 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Further Activity Details:
  • 38 hours of lectures with discussion and small group activities, across the semester.
  • 100 hours of compulsory reading and further self-directed background reading Activities may take place every teaching week of the semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a semester.

    Method of Assessment: 

    Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
    Coursework 1 40 2000 word individual coursework 
    Coursework 2 50 An evaluation protocol of 3500 words as a collaborative exercise in groups of 4-5 students 
    Presentation 1 10 Group oral presentation of evaluation protocol 

    Dr K Chattopadhyay

    Education Aims:  

  • To develop an understanding of the basic planning and evaluation principles, and the frameworks that exist to formulate a structured approach to planning and evaluation of public health interventions.
  • To apply the principles taught, and reflect on key issues that influence the planning and evaluation process

    Learning Outcomes:  Objectives: to enable students to:

  • Recognise the basic principles of the planning and evaluation of public health interventions
  • Apply common approaches to assessing need and priorities, such as health needs assessment
  • Plan an intervention drawing on the theory of change and using a logic model
  • Design an evaluation which encompasses a suitable evaluation design and appropriate outcome measures.
    Knowledge and understanding. All students must be able to demonstrate:
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of planning and evaluation within the context of the practice of public health
  • Knowledge of the conceptual frameworks, values and principles embedded within planning and evaluation
  • Critically evaluate public health problems in relation to the surveillance and assessment of the population's health and wellbeing
  • Critically evaluate public health problems by assessing the evidence of effectiveness
  • Critically evaluate public health problems in relation to policy and strategy development and implementation to improve population health and well being
  • Critically evaluate public health problems in relation to strategic leadership to improve population health and well being
    Skills and other attributes:
  • A rigorous and systematic approach to acquiring knowledge involving the ability to identify, locate and retrieve relevant material in paper or electronic format in core disciplines
  • A comprehensive understanding of, and ability to synthesise, knowledge acquired in evaluation theory, and to demonstrate critical awareness of knowledge and insights gained within the context of public health and complex problems in public health practice
  • Originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the disciplines
  • The use of current research, theories and concepts in public health disciplines in advanced scholarship.
  • Synthesise knowledge acquired across the field of study
  • Apply public health techniques to analyse public health problems
  • Critically evaluate different research methodologies and evidence
  • Make evidence-based recommendations on public health issues.
    Professional practical skills. Students will be expected to be able to:
  • Systematically assemble relevant printed and electronic material related to specific public health issues
  • Synthesis the material, identifying key points for evidence-based actions
  • Plan, carry out and interpret the meaning of original research, evaluations or audit, leading to realistic recommendations for practice
  • Understand and employ terminology from the multi-disciplinary core public health disciplines
  • Work in multidisciplinary settings and in multidisciplinary teams relevant to public health practice
  • Work independently and to deadlines
  • Prepare, deliver and discuss time-limited verbal presentations and written presentations
  • Communicate effectively with peers and professionals in the field
  • Conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to their professional role within a multi-disciplinary environment.
    Transferable (key) skills. All students will be expected to be able to:
  • Exercise initiative, integrity and personal responsibility in conducting their professional role within a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Make decisions individually or within a group to address complex and unpredictable theoretical and practical public health scenarios
  • Communicate simple and complex knowledge or arguments both orally and in writing, discussing appropriately
  • Use electronic information systems to communicate, retrieve and send information and analyse data, including email, word-processing, and the WWW.
  • Be independent learners engaged in continuing professional development and with the ability to evaluate and assess personal abilities, reflect on individual and group performance and seek help and advice when necessary.

    Offering School:  Medicine

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