CHL-33803 Evaluation of Public Health Interventions


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Knowledge clip0
Independent study0
Distance group work0
E-learning material0
Course coordinator(s)AF Schwarz
Lecturer(s)AF Schwarz
dr. ir. A Haveman-Nies
Examiner(s)AF Schwarz

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Assumed knowledge on:

Distance learning courses CHL-33303 Epidemiology and Public Health Policies;
HNE-31403 Public Health Intervention Planning; 
HNH-30403 Integration of Evidence I;
HNH-31903 Randomised Controlled Trials: Design and Analysis;
HNH-32403 Observational Designs and Assessment of Validity or the on-campus equivalents.


Note: The period mentioned below is the period in which this course starts. For the exact academic weeks see the courseplanning on This course can not be combined in an individual programme with CHL-32806 Public Health Practice.
The course focuses on the evaluation of Public Health interventions (policies and/or intervention programmes), consisting of three elements: process, effect and economic evaluation. Students learn about the topics and methods for evaluation of real-life interventions.
The last three steps of the Public Health Cycle are addressed in this course:
- the development of an evaluation plan: development of a plan for an evaluation of the processes and outcomes of the intervention based on the products from the previous steps (logic model);
- perform quality control: during the implementation stage, the intervention has been conducted and data have been collected. Quality of interventions can be enhanced by giving feedback based on intermediate evaluation results. Sometimes (components of) the intervention need revision in order to reach the objectives;
- analyse processes and outcomes: to close the cycle, in this step the data are analysed in order to make valid conclusions about whether the intervention has achieved its aims and objectives and whether and how the processes can be improved.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain the need for a coherent evaluation plan to evaluate policies and programmes conducted in a real-life setting;
- explain the process evaluation, including indicators, research questions, and data collection methods;
- explain the effect evaluation , including indicators and study design;
- explain the economic evaluation , including indicators for costs and effects;
- entegrate the three types of evaluation, i.e., process, effect and economic evaluation;
- apply step 5-7 in the public health cycle to a health interventions in a group assignment.


Knowledge clips, self-study, online group discussions, individual assignments, and an overall group assignment.


- final exam: remote proctored written exam with closed and open questions (60%);
- group assignment: 'write an evaluation plan' (40%);
Both components need a minimum mark of 5.5 to pass.


Haveman-Nies A, Jansen M, van Oers JAM, van ' t Veer P (2017). Epidemiology in Public Health Practice. Wageningen Academic Publishers, The Netherlands.

Compulsory for: MNHDLNutritional Epidemiology and Public HealthMSc2DL