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An increasing international focus on program effectiveness and efficiency has brought renewed attention to the role of evidence in designing and implementing health programs.
This subject will use case studies of current health challenges and interventions, drawing on speakers’ field experiences in Australian and international contexts, to build knowledge and skills in evidence-based health program design and implementation.
Students will apply this learning in practical, staged exercises to draft strategic program plans. They will also be asked to consider evidence requirements and real-world compromises in programmatic research and planning within complex Australian and international settings, including resource-poor and post-disaster/conflict settings.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Synthesise and interpret evidence to guide development of a program design
- Apply leading frameworks and theories to the development of program designs, including logic models, logical frameworks, participatory design, emergent design principles, complexity theory, and behaviour change models
- Apply principles of inclusive design, and designing for sustainability, replicability and scalability
- Develop monitoring frameworks and systems that are integrated with the design process
- Analyse program risks and resources, then develop risk management plans, budgets and workplans to guide program implementation
- Critical thinking and analytical skills.
- Finding, evaluating and using relevant information.
- Written communication skills.
- Oral communication skills.
Last updated: 1 June 2021