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DR Helen Jordan


  • Health Policy
  • Health Program Evaluation and Epidemiology
  • Population Health Planning and Implementation
  • Systems Thinking



  • Helen Jordan PhD, BSc(Hons), GDEpi&Biostat, and DipEd, is a public health educator and researcher who specialises in public health planning, health program evaluation and health policy (including evidence informed policy, policy making theories and frameworks and comparative health system analysis) and has a particular interest in the application of systems thinking within these fields. Her area of expertise is in the use of program logic as a tool to express the results of systems dynamic modelling and other systems thinking approaches at the program level, and to use these approaches to facilitate the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of innovative population health programs.

    Helen coordinates and teaches within a number of postgraduate level subjects in the Master of Public Health program at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. These include: Health Policy; Public Health in Practice; Prioritising and Planning in Public Health, and until recently, Health Systems. Helen also delivers short courses and provides one-to-one and group assistance in population health program and service planning, implementation and evaluation for government departments, agencies, non-government organisations, hospitals, community health services and universities across Australia.

    Recent projects include the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/Melbourne University Partnership Project to build population health capacity of the DHHS North Division executive; an international collaboration working with the Australian Genomics Health Alliance to develop a tool for shared evaluation and learning among genomics experts; a national collaboration to promote a systems approach to program logic in suicide prevention; DHHS division (North and West) capacity building project to assist local governments to evaluate their Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plans; and the Municipal Public Health Planning Benchmarking Proje   


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Tasmania 2010
  • GDEB, University of Melbourne 1996
  • GDipEd, University of Melbourne 1988
  • BSc (Hons), University of Melbourne 1986



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Potential topics for supervision:

    • Public health planning
    • Health program evaluation
    • Systems Thinking
    • Health policy (including comparative health policy)