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ZUG2057 - Health program planning and evaluation

Undergraduate – Unit

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Faculty of Social and Health Sciences


South Africa

  • Second Semester 2020 (Day)

15 Credits


 This module takes students through the underlying principles of planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating public health and health promotion programs. Students will develop skills in community needs assessment, determining priorities and defining target populations, selecting an appropriate mix of strategies, and considering key steps in implementation management and methods for building program sustainability. They will be equipped with skills to undertake the evaluation of health promotion programs, partnerships and policies using a range of methodologies. An emphasis will be placed on the evaluation challenges posed by the complexities of health promotion and the contexts in which it is carried out, with case studies used to illustrate these issues. Evaluation, design and data collection options to strengthen knowledge of program impact will be explored.


  • Describe different approaches and steps in planning, implementing and evaluating a preventive health program
  • Identify data sources for needs assessment and community profiles
  • Explain the principles and methods for conducting needs assessments and community profiles to inform the development of preventive health program
  • Develop preventive health program goals and objectives
  • Describe principles of setting of priorities for a preventive health program
  • Describe different evaluation designs for measuring the outcomes of  preventive health programs
  • Develop SMART health indicators at multiple program levels
  • Explain some of the challenges in monitoring preventive health programs
  • Discuss ethical challenges that are presented by health promotion
  • Develop survey questions and interview guides with a focus on measurement quality
  • Evaluate different aspects of measurement reliability and validity
  • Develop a comprehensive evaluation plan


Within semester/Formative assessment: 60%
Examination/Summative assessment: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this module is 150 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The module requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.