Health Program Evaluation: Scoping the Evaluation 2014

Health Program Evaluation: Scoping the Evaluation 2014

The 3-day short course “Scoping the Evaluation” will run on the following dates in 2014.

November 26th, 27th and 28th 2014

To register and submit payment for this course please complete the online registration form.
Who is this course designed for?

This course is designed for those who are involved in the development of evaluation frameworks, guidelines or plans for programs or projects in the public health field. Program planners and implementers are often faced with the task of having to choose the most appropriate evaluation approach and the criteria by which to judge a program. Planning, negotiation, selecting evaluation questions and indicators, and modelling the program logic are integral components of this task. It is in these areas that this course is concentrated.

Participants do not require any background training or knowledge of evaluation, however, experience or knowledge of health programs would obviously be an advantage.

The course is designed to suit the busy schedules of professionals and is structured around adult learning principles. The course recognises workplace needs, and builds them into the practical learning program. Key concepts and approaches underpinning the course activities can be applied immediately in the workplace.

Can this short course operate at my workplace?

Yes, additional short course times and venues are negotiable with groups of 10 or more. Since 2002, this short course has been provided across Australia to participants from Commonwealth and State health departments and agencies, population health services, and universities. A number of organisations have found this arrangement to be a most worthwhile way to implement workplace development. Contact Joy Yeadon if you are interesting in finding out more about this process.

How is this short course delivered?

The three-day intensive course is provided in the form of seminars, discussions and group exercises during the first two days. On the third day, participants apply what they have learnt to a real life program by developing a program logic and scoping the evaluation plan. Students can work on their own work-based program, or that of another participant. Group work is encouraged.

The three-day course is held at 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton, at the Centre for Health Policy (CHP). This location at the University of Melbourne’s School of Population Health is ten minutes walk from the centre of Melbourne, just south of the main campus.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are provided. Accommodation for interstate or rural participants will need to be organised and funded by the course participant. The Centre will be pleased to assist students in finding a suitable place of residence.

Who delivers the short course?

Dr. Helen Jordan is the course deliverer. Helen is an experienced educator and practitioner in health program evaluation and program logic development, and is regularly invited to deliver the short course (as one, two or three day options) across Australia. Many of these invitations come from interstate based participants of the 3-day courses held at Melbourne University working in government and non-government departments and agencies across the country.

What are the assessment requirements?

This short course has no assessment requirements. The University of Melbourne will issue a Certificate of Completion to participants who successfully complete the course.

Course Cancellation:

Should we need to cancel a course (for whatever reason) we will be prepared to reimburse, or postpone, course costs (whichever the participant prefers) but not flights and accommodation costs (students -especially international and interstate students) should take out travel insurance to cover this unlikely occurrence).

How do I apply?

The fee for this course is A$1,050 (GST incl) per participant. If you wish to enrol, please complete the online application form. Places are limited and enrolments will be considered strictly in order of receipt. Courses will run subject to a minimum number of enrolments.

Should you need further advice, please do not hesitate to contact Joy Yeadon on or phone +61 3 83440710.

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Incorporating Health Economics into Grant Proposals

This  short course is currently on offer for;

To register your interest in future short courses  please contact the Health Economics Group

Course Leaders
Course Leaders: Professor  Philip Clarke, Dr Dennis Petrie, Dr Ya-Seng Hsueh, Dr Kim Dalziel, Centre for  Health Policy, Programs & Economics, Melbourne School of Population and  Global Health.

Who should attend?

Those preparing (or  planning to prepare) grant proposals for next years’ NHMRC, ARC or other  funding bodies where the proposal may benefit from having an economic  evaluation or other health economics included.

What’s the purpose?

The purpose of this  half-day course is to give chief investigators/researchers an overview of the  health economics components that go into grant proposals, some practical  assistance to start writing the health economics paragraphs of the grant, and guidance  with the process of finding the most suitable health economist/s to be a CI or  AI on their grant proposal across Australia and according to specialty.

What will be included?

  • Quick recap on types of economic  evaluation and when they are appropriate and most useful
  • Overview of other health economics  components that could be beneficial (for example cost of illness or modelling  predictors of high cost etc.)
  • Health economics data requirements  and data linkage procedures
  • Roles and functions of the health  economist in the development of a grant proposal
  • Typical health economics components  in grant proposals including examples
  • A guide on resource requirements  for economic evaluations and options for grant budgets
  • Overview of health economists in  Melbourne and elsewhere in Australia with particular specialisations

After the course participants will be given an  opportunity to submit a 1-page overview of their project proposal in order to  receive feedback & suggestions for the most appropriate health economist/s  for their project. Feedback form.

When & Where

18th November 2014

To  register your interest for this course please email with your details so that you can be added to our mailing list.

Application procedure – Registration  not yet open
Applications for the course can be filled out online via eCart.
Applications close 1 week  prior to the course date.


  • Free for those who have attended or registered for our 1-day short course “Introduction  to Cost Effectiveness Analysis in Health” – but registration via eCart is still required in order to prepare materials and catering
  • Free for Melbourne School of Population and Global Health staff – but registration via eCart is still required in order to prepare materials and catering
  • Others $110 (GST included) –  register and pay via eCart

Further Enquiries:
Ph: +61 3 8344 9111

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Introduction to cost effectiveness analysis in health

This short course is currently on offer for;

To register your interest in future short courses  please contact the Health Economics Group at

Course Leaders: Professor Philip Clarke, Dr Dennis  Petrie, Dr Ya-Seng Hsueh, Dr Kim Dalziel, Health Economics Group, Centre for  Health Policy, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health.

One day course run by Health Economists from the Health Economics Group within the Centre for Health Policy, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health.

On completion of this 1-day course participants should have a better understanding of health priority setting and the application of cost-effectiveness analysis.

In a climate of increasing budgetary pressures organisations, both public and private, are required to take into account economic considerations when making decisions. Economic analysis provides information that can strengthen a case for funding and is designed to be directly relevant to policy makers.

What is it?
This is a one day course that provides an introduction to the application of cost effectiveness analysis in health.  Specifically this course will provide participants with understanding of how economic analysis can be used to assist with the evaluation of health programs and how this information can aid decision making. The course will consist of short lectures, case studies and practical class exercises.

Who is this course designed for?
This course is designed for policy makers, clinicians, researchers, managers and others working in the health sector with an interest in economic issues. No previous knowledge required.

Can this short course operate at my workplace?
Yes, additional short course times and venues are negotiable with groups of 12 or more and can be tailored to a particular organisation’s needs. Please contact the Health Economics at or Ph: +61 3 8344 9111 if you are interested in finding out more.

Course leaders

Philip Clarke holds the chair in Health Economics at the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. He has had previous appointments at Oxford University and the University of Sydney. He was involved in developing the United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS) Outcomes Model; a computer simulation model for predicting outcomes for patients with Type 2 diabetes. He has expertise in economic evaluation alongside clinical trials, simulation modeling, measurement of health inequalities and international comparisons of drug prices. He has recently contributed to books on cost-effectiveness analysis and cost-benefit analysis published by Oxford University Press.

Dennis Petrie is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Health Policy, Programs and Economics (CHPPE), University of Melbourne and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Health Economics Research Unit (HERU), University of Aberdeen. His research has been in the areas of economics of illicit drugs and alcohol, the longitudinal measurement and evaluation of health inequalities and the economic evaluation of healthcare interventions. He has extensive experience in analysing large and complex international data sets.

Ya-Seng (Arthur) Hsueh is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Health Policy, Programs and Economics (CHPPE), University of Melbourne. Dr Hsueh has extensive experience in both teaching and research in health economics. He is the coordinator of the teaching and supervising research project of Health Economics and Economic Evaluation within the Master of Public Health at the University of Melbourne since 2007. His research is focusing on cost-effectiveness analysis on various public health interventions on topical health issues, for example, cost-effectiveness of community pharmacists’ involvement in enhancing compliance and health outcome of cardio vascular disease patients; and cost-effectiveness of Australia and New Zealand nationwide randomised controlled trial of early physical activities on health outcomes for spinal cord injured patients.

Kim Dalziel is a Senior Research Fellow and McKenzie Fellow in the Centre for Health Policy, Programs and Economics (CHPPE), University of Melbourne. She has considerable expertise in modelling health interventions including for regulatory authorities such as PBAC and MSAC in Australia and for the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the UK. Her work has included economic evaluation of complex interventions in areas such as child protection.

Application procedure
Applications for courses can be filled out online via eCart.
Applications close 1 week prior to each course date.

Further Enquiries:
Ph: +61 3 8344  0710

Payment is via the University’s eCart
Course Fees

  • Early Bird Private Rate $550; After 30th September $660 (GST inclusive)
  • Early Bird University/Public sector Rate $385; After 30th September $450 (GST inclusive)

(Lunch, morning and afternoon tea provided)

Workshop size
Limited to 35 places

Cancellation policy
A 90% refund is available if notification is made in writing 1 month before the course date and no refund will be available after this.

Substitutions are permitted but please notify the health economics group in writing,

Location & Time
The course is held at Graduate House, 220 Leicester Street Carlton, The University of Melbourne. Please see map for location. From 9:30am till about 4:30pm.

Course Outline
Module 1: Introduction to Health Economics
Concepts in economics and economic evaluation will be introduced including the role of health economic evaluation, the types of economic evaluation (cost minimisation, cost-effectiveness, cost utility and cost benefit) and methods for valuing health outcomes using measures like health-related quality of life to produce quality-adjusted life years (QALYs).

Module 2: Cost measurement
An introduction to the concepts involved in measuring costs for economic evaluation. The module will cover the principles behind measurement of cost and will teach about how to cost an intervention or program, how to analyse cost data and how to present cost results. There will be an exercise related to costing an intervention or program in practice.

Module 3: Outcome measurement
Concepts involved in measuring outcomes for use in economic evaluation will be covered.  Participants will learn about the different measures of health status, techniques used to value health states, the use of utility scales and methods to calculate a quality-adjusted life year. During the session participants will completed a health state valuation exercise.

Module 4: Interpretation of economic evaluation results for policy
An introduction on how to properly interpret and use cost-effectiveness information to inform policy decisions, especially in relation to priority setting. Participants will be introduced to the understanding, use and misuse of concepts such as cost-effectiveness ratios, league tables, incremental ratios, ceiling ratios, reporting and uncertainty. Participants will complete an exercise relating to use of league tables.

Final session (Optional):
Interested participants are invited to have a short  discussion with the course leaders about the health economics involved in particular  projects they are currently working on.

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