Short course: Developing and Evaluating Complex Public Health Interventions – **2020 Course cancelled**

*2020 course now cancelled due to Coronavirus*
Course Location

Glamorgan Building, Cathays Park, Cardiff

Course Fee


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International visitors can request a formal invitation letter from Cardiff University, in support of their Short Term Study Visa application, by contacting Zoe Macdonald:

Course Leads

Dr Jemma Hawkins, Dr Kelly Morgan

Who is it for?

Researchers, PhD students, practitioners and policy makers. No prior knowledge is assumed.

Brief Overview of the Course

The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the socio-ecological model of health and how it can be used as a framework for designing public health improvement interventions. You will learn about different methods used for developing new interventions, how to develop an intervention ‘logic model’, and how DECIPHer works with policy-makers, health professionals and the public to co-produce interventions.

It will also provide you with a working knowledge of the key frameworks and methodologies currently used to develop and evaluate complex interventions. Teaching will be delivered by experts in the field of public health intervention from DECIPHer and our collaborating institutions, including Welsh Government, University of Bristol, University of Exeter, Cardiff Metropolitan University, University of Sheffield and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. You will also learn about how to work with other scientists, policy-makers, practitioners and the public to pilot and evaluate the effectiveness of complex interventions.

What will I learn?
  •  The theory and rationale underpinning the socio-ecological model
  •  Complex systems perspectives
  •  Typologies and examples of complex interventions
  • Research methods and tools for intervention development, including the 2019 INDEX guidance
  • Logic model development to inform the design and future evaluation of new interventions
  • Methods for involving policy makers, practitioners and the public
  • The MRC framework for developing and evaluating complex interventions
  • MRC process evaluation guidance
  • Pilot trials and feasibility studies
  • Randomised controlled trials (RCTs)
  • Natural experiments and data linkage
  • Economic evaluation of complex interventions
  • Adaptation of complex interventions to new contexts

No previous experience or knowledge of intervention development is required.

Recommended reading

There will be no pre-reading required for this course, and all course materials/hand-outs will be provided at the start of the course.

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