Global Health Research for Programming

Subject POPH90189 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Subject Quota: 35

Subject Dates: 13th - 17th Feb, 2012

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours of contact time during the five-day block.
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours



Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Semester 1


Recommended Background Knowledge:


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Core Participation Requirements:

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Ms Jennifer Booth


Nossal Institute for Global Health
Alan Gilbert Building
Level 4, 161 Barry Street
Tel: +61 3 8344 9117 / 8344 0912


Academic Programs Office
Melbourne School of Population Health
Tel: +61 3 8344 9339

Subject Overview:

Increasing international focus on aid effectiveness has brought renewed attention to the role of evidence in identifying health needs and responding appropriately, and ensuring accountability through program evaluation and dissemination.

This subject will use current global health challenges, drawing on speakers’ field experiences, through which students will be exposed to the principles and techniques of research, program design and program evaluation. Both conventional and innovative methods for community needs assessments and evaluation will be described and some practised.

Students will apply these learnings in practical, staged exercises to draft research and strategic program plans. They will also be asked to consider evidence requirements and real-world compromises in research, programming, evaluation and accountability within complex international settings.


On the completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Articulate international understandings of aid effectiveness and accountability
  • Understand competing definitions of “health needs” and methods of identifying these, including systematic research as well as rapid assessment approaches as they apply to development settings
  • Understand the steps in evidence-based program design for development settings
  • Identify and justify approaches, data collection methods and suggested timing for global health program monitoring and evaluation

Group Work – approximately six students per group (20%): oral presentation (20 – 30 mins) of a global health program design and evaluation framework for a specific setting, based on classroom exercises and readings on the last teaching day
Written assignment:of 4,000 words – due six weeks after the last teaching day (80%)

Prescribed Texts:

Students will be issued key readings for this subject.

Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Finding, evaluating and using relevant information.
  • Written communication skills.
  • Oral communication skills.
Related Course(s): Master of Development Studies (Gender & Development)
Master of Development Studies(CWT)
Master of Public Health
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Global Health
Public Health

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