Course Evaluating complex interventions in Public Health

ECTS: 2.1

Course leader: Helle Terkildsen Maindal

Language: English

Graduate school: Faculty of Health

Graduate program: PH

Course fee: 2,520.00 DKK

Status: Course is open for application

Semester: Spring 2024

Application deadline: 04/02/2024

Cancellation deadline: 19/02/2024

Course type: Classroom teaching

Start date: 04/03/2024

Administrator: Lena Melchior Villadsen


A voluntary information meeting (online) is provided before start of the course.

The course P302/04 Evaluating complex interventions in Public Health is being offered by the Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University, March 4-6th 2024.

Criteria for participation: University degree in public health, sport science, medicine, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy or Master’s degree in other fields and/or postgraduate research fellows (PhD students and research-year medical students).

Requirements for participation: Prior knowledge on complex interventions can be beneficial, but is not required.

Aim: The aim of this course is to introduce a framework to guide decisions in how to evaluate public health interventions targeted health behaviour. The course will include quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods evaluation designs and system approaches to evaluation. The MRC model for complex interventions in health will form the basis of the course. The course build to some extent on the former course in developing complex interventions in public health. However, this course can also stand-alone.

Learning outcomes: 

  • Insight into evaluation of complex interventions based on the UK Medical Research Council Model
  • Overview of different complex intervention evaluation strategies
  • Insight into evaluating complex interventions using quantitative research designs
  • Insight into evaluating complex interventions using qualitative and mixed methods research designs

Workload: The full workload of the course is expected to be 51 hours

Content: Course participants will gain insights into models and frameworks used in relation to the evaluation of complex interventions. The participants will gain experience to recognize and adopt appropriate methods based on a wide range of evaluation designs. Central to the course will be mixed methods, i.e. how the integration of quantitative and qualitative research designs play an important role in the evaluation of both processes and effects of complex interventions. Further, the participants will be introduced to systems approaches in evaluation drawing on socio-ecological models and whole system to public health interventions and programs.

Teaching method will be lectures and a high level of interaction with participants’ presenting their own practical examples of interventions. The course relies on peer-feedback as well as other feedback forms, to enhance learning. Preparatory work is expected through forwarding a project description of own or shared study, which will be develop on throughout the course. Concrete examples, methods and techniques will be taught in the course, aiming to provide a toolbox to the participant at the end of the course. Student driven workshops will also be part of the program, developing on provided examples. Parts of the course may be relying on digital technologies.

Instructors: Teaching will be delivered by experts in the field of public health interventions development and evaluation including Professor H. Terkildsen Maindal (programme lead for health promotion and intervention research), ass. Prof K. Ryom (Health Promotion and Intervention Research) and postdoc Anders Blædel Gottlieb Hansen (Social Science, Public Health), senior researcher Anna Mygind Rasmussen (General Practice).

Venue: Aarhus University, Aarhus.

Participation in the course is without cost for:

Course dates:

  • 04 March 2024 09:00 - 16:00
  • 05 March 2024 09:00 - 16:00
  • 06 March 2024 09:00 - 16:00