HMAN5180 – Policy analysis and evaluation

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Course content

After the completion of the course the students will be able to understand the policy process and what variables that affects the probability of a successful implementation of health policy. The students will also learn about different designs for impact analysis and evaluation.

Learning outcome



Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain different theoretical perspectives of the policy process
  • Explain different models for understanding policy implementation
  • Explain empirical examples from different countries and health policy areas
  • Explain the differences between different forms of evaluation


Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • analyse the health policy process
  • know the main features of impact analysis
  • recognise variables that affect the outcomes of health policy implementation
  • distinguish analytically between different phases of the policy process
  • Apply different forms of evaluation

General competence:

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • diagnose and solve implementation problems in health care organisations
  • The benefits and disadvantages of different impact analysis designs
  • Discuss different evaluation designs.


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The main teaching method is lectures. In addition, the students work in groups on a case, and present their solution to the rest of the class. Participation in the groupwork for solving the case and presenting the solution to the rest of the class is mandatory, and must be approved in order to sit for the examination. The group work does not affect the grade.



Individual written assignment.

The oral presentations have to be passed, but do not count in the final grade. The compulsory activites are valid for three years.




Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

For students at Eu-HEM: English

For students at HEPAM: The problem set will be given in English. Answers can be given in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

Mandatory for students following the management specialization of the HEPMA program


Every autumn

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