Global Health Program Planning & Design

Subject POPH90189 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 16-Feb-2015 to 20-Feb-2015
Assessment Period End 03-Apr-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Feb-2015
Census Date 27-Feb-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 20-Mar-2015

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

170 hours





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Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Matthew Reeve



Academic Programs Office
Melbourne School of Population and Global 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 designing and evaluating programs.

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

Students will apply these learnings 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 global health settings.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Understand competing definitions of “health needs” and methods for carrying out situation assessments as they apply to development settings
  • Understand the steps in evidence-based program design for development settings, including program logic modelling
  • Identify and justify approaches, data collection methods and suggested timing for global health program monitoring and evaluation
  • Group Work – approximately six students per group: 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 (20%)
  • Written assignment:of 4,000 words – due six weeks after the last teaching day (80%)

Hurdle Requirement: Attendance at a minimum of 80% is required to pass this subject.

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 Public Health
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Development Studies
100 Point Master of Development Studies (Gender && Development)
150 Point Master of Development Studies
150 Point Master of Development Studies (Gender && Development)
200 Point Master of Development Studies
200 Point Master of Development Studies (Gender && Development)
Electives in the Master of Veterinary Public Health (Emergency Animal Disease)
Gender and Development Specialisation - 100 Point Program
Gender and Development Specialisation - 150 Point Program
Gender and Development Specialisation - 200 Point Program
Global Health
Public Health
Public Health
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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