Needs Assessment and Evaluation

Course Description:

This course targets any level public health professionals who are involved in project or programmatic design and implementation. This course provides public health professionals with the planning cycle of a public health program, including the assessment of needs and resources, the development and implementation of solutions to perceived problems, and the monitoring and evaluation of activities. The course will focus around the Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation (PIE) model.

Target Audience

Academic Faculty/Staff, Federal Government Employees, State Government Employees, Local Government Employees, Non-Government Employees and Students

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the public health planning cycle
  • Identify needs assessment data sources 
  • Describe and identify appropriate techniques for establishing need priorities
  • Develop measurable goals and objectives for programs or projects
  • Describe basic evaluation methodology
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 8.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 8.00 hour(s) of credit for completing Needs Assessment and Evaluation
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Course expires: 


Martha Wingate

Martha S. Wingate, DrPH
South Central Public Health Training Center
Department of Health Care Organization and Policy
UAB School of Public Health

Available Credit

  • 8.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 8.00 hour(s) of credit for completing Needs Assessment and Evaluation


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System Settings 
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