SURG 516: Program Planning and Evaluation in Surgical Care Low Resource Settings

In this course, students will explore key concepts, ethical approaches and practices, and practical skills development for planning and evaluation in surgical care.

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: SURG 510.



Upon successful completion of this course learners will:

  • explain basic elements of program planning and evaluation in surgical care and illustrate linkages between health program planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation
  • distinguish, examine, and assess different evaluation approaches
  • understand professional standards, ethical guidelines, importance of community engagement, and the role of stakeholder involvement in program planning and evaluation
  • develop program logic models and understand the linkages between their component parts
  • apply a health program planning model and formulate an assessment plan for a particular population in a local or global context, including the use of relevant and appropriate data, information sources, and tools

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