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B104.10.16 From Evidence to Implementation and Evaluation in Public Health


This  module introduces public health decision-makers to the process of implementing new evidence on health interventions, the monitoring and the evaluation of public health programmes.

Specifically, the course aims

  • to discuss the process of reviewing and implementing new evidence on health interventions
  • to argue factually the use of randomized controlled trials or alternative study designs for the evaluation of new and existing public health interventions
  • to plan the monitoring of routine health programmes

Finally, the course intends also to address the following issues:

  • Ethical arguments
  • Study designs and evaluation
  • Propose and discuss critically alternative options for program monitoring and evaluation


This course is divided into four main components:

  • An introduction to the concept of health interventions and their initial evaluation, including the «development pipeline» for new interventions; the course systematically compares randomised controlled trials and alternative designs.
  • A case study on the use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets for malaria control in sub-Saharan Africa: from the very first studies in the field to policy formulation at national and international levels, and finally large-scale implementation and its evaluation.
  • A case study on the monitoring and evaluation of the national malaria control programme in Papua New Guinea.
  • A case study from Switzerland on the monitoring and evaluation of health programmes.


  • Introductory lectures (general principles, specific examples)
  • Short exercises based on case studies
  • Group work


Group work and presentation

Preparation and postprocessing

10 hours preparation, no postprocessing

ECTS Credits


Target audience

  • Basic course in the MPH programme
  • Other health professionals with basic knowledge of epidemiology and an interest in monitoring and evaluation


required are:

  • «Bevölkerungsbezogene Daten und epidemiologische Studien verstehen» (B101.20)
  • «Konzepte, Methoden und Anwendungen der deskriptiven und analytischen Epidemiologie» (B102.30)
  • «Einführung in systematische Reviews und Meta-Analysen» (B105.20)


Schweizerisches Tropen- und Public Health-Institut, Basel
Universität Basel

Coordination of course

Prof. Dr. phil. Christian Lengeler, Schweizerisches Tropen- und Public Health-Institut, Basel

Lecturers and tutors

Prof. Dr. phil. Christian Lengeler, Dr. Manuel Hetzel, Dr. Jean-Pierre Gervasoni


10 - 11 November 2016




Fr. 900.-

Registration deadline

10 September 2016

Additional information

Language: English and German