Program Evaluation in Clinical and Public Health Settings

EPI 242 Winter 2021 (2 units)
Course Director: Janet Myers, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine


This course will familiarize students with approaches to evaluating an evidence-informed health program or intervention implemented in a clinical or public health setting. Scholars will develop an evaluation plan that uses logic models and evaluation frameworks (e.g., RE-AIM) to guide the systematic collection of information to: 1) understand if and how a program/implementation strategy is meeting its stated goals and objectives; 2) improve program/implementation strategy effectiveness; and/or 3) make decisions about future programming.

At the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Explain the main concepts/terms and key elements used in program evaluation;
  • Apply logic models and evaluation frameworks to guide evaluation of their chosen program/implementation strategy;
  • Select appropriate process and outcome metrics for evaluating their chosen program/implementation strategy;
  • Describe qualitative and quantitative approaches to collecting data on process and outcome metrics; and
  • Develop effective dissemination strategies for the results of program evaluation.


Course Director:

Janet Myers, PhD, MPH
Phone: 415-597-8168

Lecturers: Annette Gardner, PhD
  Kevin Khamarko, MA, PMP
  Lissa Moran, MPH
  Nancy Warren, MPH

Weekly course content will be delivered via video lectures, case studies, and readings. Students will post weekly assignments in online discussion forums, and provide/receive feedback through the online discussion forums and weekly in-person discussion sessions on Thursdays from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM (Jan. 7 to Mar. 18).

Every student will prepare components of an evaluation plan, due at Modules 3, 8 and 10.


Required readings will be posted on the course website.

For those without any training in research methods, suggested textbook:

Evaluation Fundamentals: Insights into Program Effectiveness, Quality and Value. by Fink A. SAGE Publications, Inc. 3rd edition. 2015.

The book may be purchased either through the publisher or a variety of commercial venues (e.g.,


Evaluation of student performance will be based on successful completion of assignments and participation in small group activities. To pass the course, learners must:

  • Attend and participate in 8 of 10 weekly small group discussion sessions;
  • Complete and post weekly homework assignments to the online forums by the designated due date and time (2 exceptions will be allowed); and
  • Complete and post three cumulative evaluation plan drafts (spaced out over the course of the quarter) to the online forums by the designated due dates and times.

UCSF Graduate Division Policy on Disabilities


This course is sponsored by the Training in Clinical Research (TICR) Program, and space is limited. Preference is given to UCSF-affiliated personnel. We regret that auditing in the classroom is not permitted.

To enroll in this course, please fill out and submit the application below. Please see our fees page for cost information. The deadline for application is December 1, 2020. Only one application needs to be completed for all courses desired during the quarter.

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