Master of Health Studies (MHST) 606

Health Systems and Services Evaluation


Delivery Mode: Paced/home-study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Prerequisite: For MHS Students: MHST 601
For MN-Gen Students: NURS 608

Co-requisite: MHS and MN-Gen Students: MHST603/NURS 603

Centre: Centre for Nursing and Health Studies


Program evaluation has made important contributions to health care practice, policy, administration, education, and research. An understanding of the principles and practices of evaluation is essential in today's health care environment, whether you are conducting or commissioning evaluations. This course is designed to provide a solid understanding of both the principles and practices of program evaluation.

Course Goals

MHST/NURS 606 is designed to help students achieve the following course goals:

  1. identify evaluation models appropriate to various programs/situations;
  2. design a variety of evaluation data collection tools;
  3. develop an evaluation plan for a health program or service;
  4. articulate the code of behaviour for evaluators; and
  5. develop a personal approach/philosophy to program evaluation.

Course Materials

MHST/NURS 606 comprises online and print-based course materials.

  • Study Guide
  • Online articles, references and Websites


Patton, M. Q. (2008). Utilization-focused evaluation: The new century text (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA. Sage Publications.

Rossi, P. H., Lipsey, M.W., & Henry, G. T. (2019). Evaluation: A systematic approach (8th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA. Sage Publications.

Technical Requirements

Computer System

In order to successfully complete this course, you must own or have ready access to certain computer hardware and software programs. For complete and up-to-date information on the minimum computer requirements required to complete the graduate nursing courses, visit the Centre for Nursing and Health Studies technical site.

Course Outline

MHST/NURS 606 comprises 10 units as follows:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Evaluation
  • Unit 2: Evaluation Fundamentals
  • Unit 3: Evaluation Models
  • Unit 4: Designing an Evaluation
  • Unit 5: Collecting Evaluation Data
  • Unit 6: Analyzing Evaluation Data
  • Unit 7: Reading and Writing Evaluation Reports
  • Unit 8: The Social Context of Evaluation
  • Unit 9: Class Presentations
  • Unit 10: Wrap-up and Reflection

Assessment Structure

In the MHS and MN:Gen programs, students must achieve an overall program GPA of 2.7 ( B- or 70 percent), to graduate. The minimum passing grade requirement for each MHS and MN:Gen course is C- (60 percent).

The following course activities will contribute to your course grade, with the percentage weighting of each activity as follows:

Course Activity Weighting
Conference Participation 15%
Assignment 1: Evaluation Experiences or Metaphors 15%
Assignment 2: An Evaluation Theorist 35%
Assignment 3: Group Evaluation Plan 35%
Other Informal Group Work 0%
Total 100%

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.