An Introduction to Policy Evaluation for Public Health

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An Introduction to Policy Evaluation for Public Health

Public Health

28/03/2018

NOTE: This is NOT a standalone course, and this is only the online component to be completed after sitting in on the face-to-face course. This blended course introduces statistical techniques to evaluate public health interventions and policy.

Course Description

NOTE: This is NOT a standalone course, and this is only the online component to be completed after sitting in on the face-to-face course. 

This blended course introduces statistical techniques to evaluate public health interventions and policy.

The face to face training starts with a discussion of some basic economic concepts that will be useful for thinking about how to frame questions and what factors you may want to consider in your estimation models.  Next, we outline how to interpret statistical results and questions to ask yourself when reading public health papers.  We then focus on correlation vs causation and the importance of correctly interpreting results when evaluating policy and the factors that are likely to bias your results and impact on your ability to estimate a causal impact of policy and/or interventions.  Then we move onto highlighting key datasets available from the UK that can be used to evaluate public health policy and interventions.  The final part of the day focuses on three different estimation techniques that can be used for policy evaluation.  We discuss how to set-up each model, interpret the results, and strengths and weaknesses of each approach.

In addition to the face to face portion of this course there is also an online component to be completed after sitting in on the course.  This online component will allow the students to test their knowledge and set-up a hypothetical policy evaluation scenario to test their learning.

The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) has accredited this activity for up to 5 CPD credits.  

Please contact support@cpd.ncl.ac.uk to find out about upcoming dates for this blended course.