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Online · School of Health Sciences · Public and Community Health

Health Program Evaluation
HLTH-633

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 02/06/2020

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to quantitative, qualitative, and ethnographic methods of evaluation for health education programming. A variety of health education evaluation topics are included. Students will be introduced to both formative and summative evaluation as well as principles of measurement.

Requisites

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

This course will permit the student to evaluate health programs using quantitative and qualitative (including ethnographic) measures to ascertain if the program’s desired results are achieved and to discern where program improvements are needed. The contents of this course will apply to the assessment of a wide ranging group of health programs, including community health education programs, nutrition education projects, wellness promotion efforts, health department disease control initiatives, clinical patient surveys, etc. Health educators and health administrators will find this course a crucial addition to their skill-set as they daily strive to improve and prove program productivity.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Assess health needs, assets, and resources for poor, underserved, or vulnerable populations.
  2. Assess a community health program for cultural appropriateness.
  3. Employ best practices of program evaluation and community-based participatory research.
  4. Develop media-based health communication methods and materials for diverse audiences.
  5. Employ ethical and effective leadership and management skills to build and maintain work teams, organizational relationships, and community collaborations in support of public health efforts.
  6. Apply the Christian worldview to public health practice in diverse settings and populations.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchase

Grembowski, D. The Practice of Health Program Evaluation. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2016. ISBN: 9781483376370.

Additional Materials for Learning 

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Word (Microsoft Office is available at a special discount to Liberty University students.)

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

There are 3 Discussion Board Forums in the course. The student will post a thread to the module/week’s discussion topic, and then reply to at least 2 classmates’ threads in the next module/week. The thread is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of the assigned module/week, and 2 replies are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of the following module/week.

Health Program Logic Model

The Health Program Logic Model assignment will require the student to take an information provided about a program and use it to develop a Logic Model diagram using the textbook readings and examples.

Health Program Evaluation Project

The Term paper will be required on a two-part Health Program Evaluation Project that will build upon the student’s previous Logic Model assignment and use the program information supplied by the instructor to have the student evaluate the program. An evidence-based plan of action for program revisions and future evaluation steps will be included by the student. Additional instructions will be made available during the course concerning this assignment.

Spiritual Condition Evaluation Paper

A Spiritual Condition Evaluation Paper will be required of each student. This document will run from 1,000–2,000 words and expect the student to use the course’s contents, including some of the Scriptural readings assigned, to evaluate the student’s (or the famous person’s) spiritual condition/status with cultural sensitivity, and then to outline goals for personal spiritual improvement over the next 5 years. A proposed evaluation plan for the student to use in re-assessing his/her spiritual growth (or the famous person’s) after 5 years will also be required as part of this evaluation paper. Additional instructions will be made available during the course concerning this assignment.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (3 at 60 pts ea)

180

Health Program Logic Model

200

Health Program Evaluation Project - Part 1

200

Health Program Evaluation Project - Part 2

220

Spiritual Condition Evaluation Paper

200

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at equityandcomp[email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

HLTH 633

Textbook: Grembowski, The Practice of Health Program Evaluation (2016).

Module/ Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

1 presentation

1 website

Course Requirements Checklist

DB Forum 1 Thread

10

*

2

Grembowski: ch. 1

1 presentation

DB Forum 1 Replies

60

3

Grembowski: ch. 3 (pp. 60–66)

1 presentation

1 website

Health Program Logic Model

200

4

Grembowski: chs. 2–3, 4 (pp. 81–94)

Optional reading: pp. 109–134

1 presentation

DB Forum 2 Thread

*

5

1 presentation

2 websites

DB Forum 2 Replies

Health Program Evaluation Project - Part 1

60

200

6

Grembowski: chs. 5–6

1 presentation

DB Forum 3 Thread

*

7

Grembowski: chs. 10–11

Optional Reading: chs. 7–9

1 presentation

DB Forum 3 Replies

Health Program Evaluation Project - Part 2

60

220

8

Bible Readings

1 presentation

1 website

Spiritual Condition Evaluation Paper

200

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

*Each DB Forum spans 2 modules/weeks. The instructor will finish grading each DB Forum after the student submits his or her replies.

NOTE: Each course week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.