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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jingzhen Yang, PhD, MPH (University of Iowa College of Public Health)
Description: This advanced-level book provides a comprehensive overview of community health program planning and evaluation. With refinements and updates, the second edition covers key elements of community health program planning, implementation, and evaluation in a systematic and practical manner. It highlights the opportunities and challenges that health professionals face in planning and evaluating effective intervention programs.
Purpose: This book aims to prepare health professionals to become more competent program planners and evaluators. Covering a wide range of topics, it contributes significantly to the knowledge and understanding of many topics, including defining health problems, program development, program implementation and monitoring, and outcome and impact evaluation.
Audience: It presents a variety of practical tools and concepts in language that is understandable to both experienced and novice health professionals. It is a useful resource for health administrators and practitioners who manage, implement, or evaluate community health programs, and university faculty who teach program planning and evaluation courses. It can also serve as an excellent reference for graduate students who are preparing to work in the community health field.
Features: Each chapter concludes with discussion questions and activities, making this a great resource for classroom discussions or workshop activities aimed at the development of critical thinking skills. Another unique feature of this second edition is that each chapter contains at least four links to relevant Internet resources. Finally, the book includes separate lists of figures, tables, exhibits, and acronyms at the beginning for quick access.
Assessment: This is a comprehensive compilation of current knowledge in health program planning and evaluation. Health administrators, public health professionals, and health program practitioners will find value in this work.