CHA5840EN - Program Planning in Community Health

Course description

Designed to provide the graduate student with competencies in program planning and evaluation. Principles of grantsmanship skills will be utilized to develop a proposal on a health-related program topic. Students will master research skills, identification of funding sources, and working with a community organization. There should be a follow up graduate level course whereby the student works with the identified group/groups to implement the program planned (with input). Participants will implement and assess the program that they plan. Written documentation of execution as planned / designed as well as challenges faced and changes/adjustments made will become the assessment document. Interim outcomes will be assessed. Students will video and submit an example of the program underway.

How this course benefits students

A high percentage of implemented community health programs have less than sterling outcomes due to misalignment of some form: poor understanding of root challenges to be addresssed and public perception of how to remedy, accessibility, funding and sustainability, development of the assessment plan and data points in the beginning, in example. Whether ministry, volunteer, market /professional participation, knowing the planning, implementation and assessment process is key to appropriate resource utilization and service provision.

Why this course is important

Population-based health programs are often more accessible, relevant and affordable, particularly for health maintenance and health promotion and low-tech care provision. These services can also be provided at no charge or minimal charge to patients and participants because the service providers donate or cost-share time, and are less intensive care providers.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Community Health
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Caring for widows, children and elderly is biblically-based. Health is described in several places in the Bible, including what to eat and drink (or not) and what is considered healthy. Many wellness programs do follow these guidelines, if loosely. Moderation is a key, and avoidance of certain types of food and drink are also proscribed. In Bible times, people traveled by most part by foot, so exercise was pretty much a given.

Missionally driven

Equipping in a way that is teachable, replicable and aaptable to achieve consistently positive outcomes, regardless of culture, program sponsorship, or population niche(s) served.

Contextually informed

The culture, program sponsorship, community resources, funding sources and service needs will vary by community. The process through which to plan, develop and execute remains constant.

Interculturally focused

Sensitivities to cultural receptivity and adaptations for acceptability for multiple and various cultures will be explored.

Practically minded

Any program planned and developed serves well to be practical in administration, data collection, collaboration and in meeting the needs of community health. Often simple interventions, even multiple simple interventions/services have a greater impact on desired outcomes than one complex program/set of services.

Experientially transformed

Engaging with the community during the planning process and engaging with program recipients and workers in the implementation and assessment phase transforms the learning process from knowledge to skill at a level that is sensitive to providers and recipients of the program services.