2023-2024 / SANT0750-3

Evaluation of public health programmes


15h Th, 5h Pr, 5h SEM

Number of credits

 Master in public health (120 ECTS) (Transitional programme)4 crédits 


Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

  • Introduction and concepts
  • Evaluation methods
  • Data types, sources and collection
  • Quantitative methods for data analysis
  • Qualitative methods
  • Participative mehtods
  • Mixed methods
  • Evaluation approaches based on theory
  • Introduction to health planning cycle
  • Specificities of public health evaluation
  • Minimal major indicators for evaluating health systems
  • Examples of public health programmes evaluations
  • Health impact evaluation
  • New challenges to evaluation

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The objective of the course is to:
- Present an overview of the main aproaches and methods used to evaluate public health programmes - Propose a comprehensive conceptual, theoretical and methodological framework enabling students to:

  • Understand the principles and basic elements favouring quality evaluations; and
  • Use such evaluations to improve the critical analysis of interventions in which they are involved

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Master 1, general introduction to public health

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Green or yellow code: Mix of ex cathedra courses supported by a PPT presentation, online activities and articles
Orange code: Online courses supported by a PPT presentation, and articles

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Blended learning

Additional information:

Green or yellow code: Face to face and online
Orange code: Online

Recommended or required readings

PPT presentation, reference documents and article

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions ) AND oral exam

Additional information:

1st session: Written exam (in person if green or yellow code, online if orange code)
2nd session: Oral exam (same as above)

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Denis Porignon (Denis.Porignon@uliege.be) and Elisabeth Paul (E.Paul@uliege.be)

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

Reference documents
Here are a number of reference documents that will help you deepen your competences on the various aspects approached in the context of the course

A fundational paper on health programme evaluation: Contandriopoulos et Champagne (1993) 

An example of en evaluation based on mixed methods: Book chapter "Une évaluation de la mise en œuvre d¿une politique publique de santé au Burkina Faso au moyen d'une méthode mixte" by Valéry Ridde, Seni Kouanda, Maurice Yameogo, Kadidiatou Kadio and Aristide Bado