DR Helen Jordan

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, 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 also applies these approaches to assist in the early identification of unintended consequences of policies, across all population health areas.

    Helen coordinates 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 POPH90206, Public Health in Practice POPH90227, Prioritising and Planning in Public Health POPH90274, and, until recently, Health Systems POPH90206.

    As part of her capacity building work, Helen provides short courses, one-to-one and group assistance to assist population health program and service planning, implementation and evaluation for government departments and agencies, non-government organisations, hospitals, community health services and universities across Australia.

    Recent projects include the DHHS/Melbourne University Partnership Project to build capacity of the DHHS North Division executive in the population health approach; 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 a   


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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)