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Need Assessment Methods for Behavioral and Educational Health Programs HBEHED 624

School: Health Behavior & Health Education
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor
Course Description: This course is for the student who is interested in gaining knowledge and skills about different methodological approaches to doing need assessment for health and human service organizations. The course will focus on the use of both secondary (e.g. agency statistics, census) and primary (survey, forums, informants, focus groups) data. The course emphasizes feasible and inexpensive methods, which can be used by internal evaluators. Students will learn how community epidemiologic surveys (e.g. the National Institute of Mental Health Epidemiologic Catchment Area Program) can be used in conjunction with local secondary data for synthetic estimation of health needs. Need assessment will be conceptualized as a political process as well as a research methodology. Three class sessions will be devoted to an in-depth analysis of a major mental health need assessment conducted by the instructor for the Michigan Department of Corrections. By using this study as a case example, students will be provided with an "inside look" at the social side of need assessment. The case study will also focus on using need information for program development.


SectionInstructorDaysLocationU-M Class #
001Mehdipanah, RoshanakMon, Wed2610 SPH1A34453

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