Introduction to Prevention Effectiveness

“Prevention effectiveness is the systematic assessment of the impact of public health policies, programs, and practices on health outcomes by determining their effectiveness, safety, and costs.” — Prevention Effectiveness: A Guide to Decision Analysis and Economic Evaluation

Prevention effectiveness (PE) uses decision analyses and modeling techniques to provide information for decisions about allocating resources and formulating policy in public health.

These materials provide an overview of public health economic studies and evaluation methods.



  • Definition of prevention effectiveness
  • Key components of prevention effectiveness studies
  • Basic economic evaluation methods
  • Sources of prevention effectiveness data

Available Materials

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These slide sets are in the public domain and may be downloaded and customized as needed by the user for informational or educational purposes. Permission from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is not required, but citation of the source is appreciated.

Suggested Citation:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Introduction to Public Health. In: Public Health 101 Series. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2014. Available at: /training/publichealth101/prevention-effectiveness.html.

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