1 x 2-hour lecture weekly
1 x 2-hour tutorial fortnightly
1 Admission into BHS-Bachelor of Health Sciences
1a Admission into BHSMPT-Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Physiotherapy
1b Admission into BHSAG-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Ageing)
1c Admission into BHSDH-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Digital Health)
1d Admission into BHSHM-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Health Management)
1e Admission into BHSHP-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Health Promotion)
1f Admission into BHSIN-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Innovation)
1g Admission into BHSPN-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Physiology and Neuroscience)
1h Admission into BHSPS-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Psychology)
1i Admission into BHSTS-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Therapy Studies)
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g or 1h or 1i))
Enrolment not permitted
PHCA3917 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Basic understanding of principles of Primary Health Care (Socioeconomic determinants of health, etc).
Course context

This topic is only available to third year students in a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree.

Topic description

This topic aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to plan and undertake an evaluation of primary health care programs. Evaluation in Primary Health Care provides students with the opportunity to develop their understanding of key evaluation concepts and issues and expand their knowledge of evaluation approaches and methods. In particular, this topic will focus on the key complexities inherent in the evaluation of programs based on primary health care and health promotion principles. Students will be involved in critically appraising evaluations and will design a primary health care evaluation relevant to their area of work or interest. This topic also assists students to identify and compile a range of practical evaluation resources for use in their future work.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Provide students with an opportunity to develop their capacity to plan and undertake evaluations of primary health care initiatives
  • Enhance students' theoretical and practical understanding of key evaluation issues relevant to the practice of primary health care
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Develop an understanding of the key integrated elements in program planning, implementation, evaluation and dissemination
  2. Develop an understanding of a range of methods applied to collect suitable evaluation indicators, their strength and limitations
  3. Design a program logic and evaluation plan for a primary health care initiative of your choice
  4. Provide a convincing rationale for the evaluation plan you have developed including justifying any evaluation decisions, methods selected for data collection and ethical considerations
  5. Critically analyse and contrast a range of primary health care program evaluation approaches highlighting their strengths and weaknesses
  6. Critique the evaluation plan you have developed by applying two alternative evaluation approaches to the primary health care program you have chosen