phe5pde prog devpt




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject is intended for professionals who have responsibility for planning, monitoring and evaluation of programs and services in public health, health care and human services sectors. Students will develop their understanding of and gain experience in applying major frameworks, models and approaches for planning and evaluating health programs in different contexts. Students will learn how to undertake needs assessments and interpret the influence of contextual factors on program design and implementation. Ways to anticipate and deal with technical, resource and other issues and problems that may arise during planning, implementation and evaluation will be addressed. Students will gain skills in using project management methodology and program logic models. Real-world case studies will be used extensively.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorZhanming Liang

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Classes are held at the city campus. The subject is a core subject for the Master of Public Health(HMPHC) and Master of Health Administration (HMHA). A quota applies to this subject due to space limitations at the City Campus.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsProject management in health and community services: getting good ideas to work. 2nd Ed.PrescribedDwyer, J., Liang, Z., Thiessen, V. & Martini, A. (2013)ALLEN & UNWIN: SYDNEY
ReadingsA wide range of readings including journal articles pertaining to the different topics covered in this subject are documented in the subject guideRecommendedN/AN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Define and apply major approaches to planning and evaluating health services

Self-readings, lectures and in-class discussions and case study

02. Critically assess the validity of the program/project evaluation results and use the results to guide future program/project design and practice

Self-readings, lectures, tutorials, group work and assignment preparation

03. Apply project lifecycle and design theories to guide actual project and program planning, implementation and evaluation

Self-readings, lectures and in-class discussions and case study

04. Conduct needs analysis to generate valid and up to date evidence to prove the importance and value of the proposed interventions and strategies in addressing health care related needs of specific poulation groups

Self readings, lectures, in-class discussionsa and case study, preparation of assignment

05. Critically assess the major issues that affect project management, develop strategies in guiding project implementation, and developing evaluation mechanism in monitoring and measuring the project success

Self-readings, lectures, in-class discussions and case study, preparation of group and individual assignments

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City, 2015, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size45

Enrolment information The maximum capacity of the City Campus lecture room 1.04 is 80. Students who can not enrol in the subject will be adviced to take on another subject that is recognised by the course they have enrolled.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorZhanming Liang

Class requirements

Three 2.0 hours tutorial per study period on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.
"Tutorials are optional students."

Three 7.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.

One 3.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Group presentation (equivalence to 2000 words)3001, 03, 05
one 2,000-word assignment3002, 04
one 2,500-word assignment4003, 05