Postgraduate taught 

Digital Health Interventions MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Evaluation of Digital Health Interventions MED5606

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Health and Wellbeing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course will allow students to critically appraise methods and practices of evaluating Digital Health Interventions (DHIs) and gain an understanding of how methods are adapted in this context


This course consists of lectures and seminars which take place in semester 2.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Written Assignment (2,000 words approx.) - 50%


Written plan for the leadership (or co-leadership) and outline content of a journal club (20%)


Blog post (1,000 words approx.) - 30%

Course Aims

This course aims to develop student's understanding of the range of methodologies relevant to the evaluation of DHIs, to be able to critically evaluate their relative strengths and weaknesses and be able to make an informed choice about their selection for prospective evaluation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


1. Critically evaluate and discuss DHIs as complex interventions in relation to the complex interventions framework.

2. Critically appraise programmes to assess feasibility, acceptability, adherence and safety.

3. Critically evaluate methods of process evaluation, specifically in relation to defining, monitoring, and reporting adverse events in DHI evaluation.

4. Develop and articulate a critical understanding of novel approaches and adaptive methods for optimisation in DHI evaluation.

5. Critically appraise quantitative, qualitative and mixed methodologies as applied in DHI evaluation.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.