Global Health Program Planning & Design

Subject POPH90189 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 15-Feb-2016 to 19-Feb-2016
Assessment Period End 01-Apr-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 16-Feb-2016
Census Date 26-Feb-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 18-Mar-2016

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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


Melbourne School of Population and Global Health


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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.

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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.
Links to further information:
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)
100 Point Master of Development Studies - Gender and Development Specialisation
150 Point Master of Development Studies
150 Point Master of Development Studies (Gender && Development)
150 Point Master of Development Studies - Gender and Development Specialisation
200 Point Master of Development Studies
200 Point Master of Development Studies (Gender && Development)
200 Point Master of Development Studies - Gender and Development Specialisation
Electives in the Master of Veterinary Public Health (Emergency Animal Disease)
Environment and Public Health
Global Health
Public Health
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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