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Fundamentals of Evaluation Web-based Course Overview


Many public health programs do tremendous work, yet do not have their accomplishments fully recognized by the public, by other health professionals, or even by the people who benefit from the programs.


Because programs lack data to demonstrate their success.

So what can you do about it?

Evaluate! Create an opportunity to show funders, local leaders, supporters, the public, and staff your program's accomplishments. Evaluation results can not only make the case for funding, but can also keep a program on course to meet its goals efficiently and effectively.

The Emory Centers can help.

The Emory Centers presents the Fundamentals of Evaluation Web-based Course - an interactive, distance-learning program designed to cover the core concepts of evaluation. The information provided will help you understand the importance of evaluating a program, what to expect from your evaluation efforts, and what is involved in program evaluation from planning to reporting results. As you progress through the course, you will have access to valuable resources and evaluation experts who will provide feedback during the learning process.

Who should take this course?

YOU! The workshop is designed for public health workers with a desire or need to gain a better understanding of evaluation and evaluation planning. Whether you will be completing an evaluation, planning one, assisting with an evaluation, or choosing an evaluator, it is valuable to understand the Fundamentals of Evaluation. Click here for a detailed description of the course content.

A web-based course?

This web-based program is an interactive experience involving lessons with visual aids, group discussion, self-assessments, and individual learning activities designed to apply the concepts covered in each module. The coursework can be completed at the participant’s convenience during the twelve weeks allotted for the course, and in the comfort of their own home or office. Because web-based learning may be a new method of learning for the user, the first module focuses on navigating the online learning environment.

What past participants are saying:

  • The instructor was very friendly, flexible, and provided constructive feedback on our assignments. I enjoyed the class!

  • Creating our own evaluation plan was very helpful.

  • I enjoyed this course as it seemed a bit more personable. Most web classes you seem to be on your own but I did not feel that way with this course.

  • The tutorials are user-friendly, straightforward, provide step-by-step and self-explanatory instructions, and excellent examples and exercises. The online instructor was easily accessible and provided prompt feedback and follow-up. Overall, a great learning tool and experience for individuals new to program evaluation as well as for anyone wishing to refresh evaluation principles, skills, and knowledge.


The course contains 7 modules, which are completed over a 12-week span; each module is covered in 1-2 weeks and requires a commitment of between 3 and 5 hours for learning activities. The next session of the Fundamentals of Evaluation web-based course has not yet been scheduled, but the course is typically held 1-2 times each year. To be alerted about upcoming sessions of this course and receive announcements about the latest training opportunities from the Emory Centers, click here.

Continuing education credit

This course has been approved for 20 Category I continuing education contact hours (CECH) for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES). The Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH) of Emory University is accredited by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC) to offer CHES credits.