Unit: Public Health Studies
Program: Public Health (MPH)
Degree: Master's
Date: Fri Nov 16, 2018 - 5:59:03 am

1) Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) and Institutional Learning Objectives (ILOs)

1. MPH1. Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice. Related Courses: PH 655, 663, 791

(1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in one or more general subject areas related to, but not confined to, a specific area of interest., 2. Demonstrate understanding of research methodology and techniques specific to one’s field of study., 3. Apply research methodology and/or scholarly inquiry techniques specific to one’s field of study.)

2. MPH2. Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context. Related Courses: PH 623, 655, 663, 791

(1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in one or more general subject areas related to, but not confined to, a specific area of interest., 2. Demonstrate understanding of research methodology and techniques specific to one’s field of study., 3. Apply research methodology and/or scholarly inquiry techniques specific to one’s field of study.)

3. MPH3. Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using bio-statistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate. Related Courses: PH 623, 655, 663, 791

(1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in one or more general subject areas related to, but not confined to, a specific area of interest., 2. Demonstrate understanding of research methodology and techniques specific to one’s field of study., 3. Apply research methodology and/or scholarly inquiry techniques specific to one’s field of study., 4. Critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize information and data related to one’s field of study.)

4. MPH4. Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice. Related Courses: PH 623, 655, 663, 791

(1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in one or more general subject areas related to, but not confined to, a specific area of interest., 2. Demonstrate understanding of research methodology and techniques specific to one’s field of study., 3. Apply research methodology and/or scholarly inquiry techniques specific to one’s field of study., 4. Critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize information and data related to one’s field of study.)

5. MPH5. Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings. Related Courses: PH 602, 791

(1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in one or more general subject areas related to, but not confined to, a specific area of interest., 2. Demonstrate understanding of research methodology and techniques specific to one’s field of study., 3. Apply research methodology and/or scholarly inquiry techniques specific to one’s field of study., 4. Critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize information and data related to one’s field of study.)

6. MPH6. Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels.PH 602, 623,791

(1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in one or more general subject areas related to, but not confined to, a specific area of interest., 3. Apply research methodology and/or scholarly inquiry techniques specific to one’s field of study., 4. Critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize information and data related to one’s field of study., 5. Proficiently communicate and disseminate information in a manner relevant to the field and intended audience., 6. Conduct research or projects as a responsible and ethical professional, including consideration of and respect for other cultural perspectives.)

7. MPH7. Assess population needs, assets, and capacities that affect communities needs. Related Courses: PH 623, 791

(1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in one or more general subject areas related to, but not confined to, a specific area of interest., 2. Demonstrate understanding of research methodology and techniques specific to one’s field of study., 3. Apply research methodology and/or scholarly inquiry techniques specific to one’s field of study., 4. Critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize information and data related to one’s field of study., 6. Conduct research or projects as a responsible and ethical professional, including consideration of and respect for other cultural perspectives.)

8. MPH8. Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs. Related Courses: PH 602, 648, 791, 789

(1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in one or more general subject areas related to, but not confined to, a specific area of interest., 5. Proficiently communicate and disseminate information in a manner relevant to the field and intended audience., 6. Conduct research or projects as a responsible and ethical professional, including consideration of and respect for other cultural perspectives., 7. Interact professionally with others.)

9. MPH9. Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention. Related Courses: PH 648, 791

(1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in one or more general subject areas related to, but not confined to, a specific area of interest., 2. Demonstrate understanding of research methodology and techniques specific to one’s field of study., 3. Apply research methodology and/or scholarly inquiry techniques specific to one’s field of study., 4. Critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize information and data related to one’s field of study., 7. Interact professionally with others.)

10. MPH10. Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management. Related Courses: PH 648, 791

(1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in one or more general subject areas related to, but not confined to, a specific area of interest., 3. Apply research methodology and/or scholarly inquiry techniques specific to one’s field of study.)

11. MPH11. Select methods to evaluate public health programs. Related Courses: PH 648, 791, 789

(1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in one or more general subject areas related to, but not confined to, a specific area of interest., 2. Demonstrate understanding of research methodology and techniques specific to one’s field of study., 3. Apply research methodology and/or scholarly inquiry techniques specific to one’s field of study., 4. Critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize information and data related to one’s field of study.)

12. MPH12. Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence. Related Courses: PH 602, 791

(1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in one or more general subject areas related to, but not confined to, a specific area of interest., 4. Critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize information and data related to one’s field of study., 6. Conduct research or projects as a responsible and ethical professional, including consideration of and respect for other cultural perspectives.)

13. MPH 13. Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes. Related Courses: PH 623, 791

(1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in one or more general subject areas related to, but not confined to, a specific area of interest., 2. Demonstrate understanding of research methodology and techniques specific to one’s field of study., 3. Apply research methodology and/or scholarly inquiry techniques specific to one’s field of study., 6. Conduct research or projects as a responsible and ethical professional, including consideration of and respect for other cultural perspectives., 7. Interact professionally with others.)

14. MPH14. Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations. Related Courses: PH 602, 791

(1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in one or more general subject areas related to, but not confined to, a specific area of interest., 4. Critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize information and data related to one’s field of study., 5. Proficiently communicate and disseminate information in a manner relevant to the field and intended audience., 6. Conduct research or projects as a responsible and ethical professional, including consideration of and respect for other cultural perspectives., 7. Interact professionally with others.)

15. MPH15. Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity. Related Courses: PH 602, 791

(1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in one or more general subject areas related to, but not confined to, a specific area of interest., 2. Demonstrate understanding of research methodology and techniques specific to one’s field of study., 3. Apply research methodology and/or scholarly inquiry techniques specific to one’s field of study., 4. Critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize information and data related to one’s field of study., 6. Conduct research or projects as a responsible and ethical professional, including consideration of and respect for other cultural perspectives.)

16. MPH16. Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making. Related Courses: PH 648, 791

(1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in one or more general subject areas related to, but not confined to, a specific area of interest., 3. Apply research methodology and/or scholarly inquiry techniques specific to one’s field of study., 4. Critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize information and data related to one’s field of study., 5. Proficiently communicate and disseminate information in a manner relevant to the field and intended audience., 6. Conduct research or projects as a responsible and ethical professional, including consideration of and respect for other cultural perspectives., 7. Interact professionally with others.)

17. MPH17. Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges. Related Courses: PH 623, 791

(1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in one or more general subject areas related to, but not confined to, a specific area of interest., 4. Critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize information and data related to one’s field of study., 5. Proficiently communicate and disseminate information in a manner relevant to the field and intended audience., 6. Conduct research or projects as a responsible and ethical professional, including consideration of and respect for other cultural perspectives., 7. Interact professionally with others.)

18. MPH18. Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors. Related Courses: PH 623, 789, 791, 789

(1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in one or more general subject areas related to, but not confined to, a specific area of interest., 5. Proficiently communicate and disseminate information in a manner relevant to the field and intended audience., 7. Interact professionally with others.)

19. MPH19. Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation. Related Courses: PH 602, 623, 789, 791, 789

(1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in one or more general subject areas related to, but not confined to, a specific area of interest., 5. Proficiently communicate and disseminate information in a manner relevant to the field and intended audience., 7. Interact professionally with others.)

20. MPH20. Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content.Related Courses: PH 602, 623, 791

(1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in one or more general subject areas related to, but not confined to, a specific area of interest., 5. Proficiently communicate and disseminate information in a manner relevant to the field and intended audience., 6. Conduct research or projects as a responsible and ethical professional, including consideration of and respect for other cultural perspectives., 7. Interact professionally with others.)

21. MPH21. Perform effectively on interprofessional teams. Related Courses: PH 600, 791, HIPE Work group

(1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in one or more general subject areas related to, but not confined to, a specific area of interest., 5. Proficiently communicate and disseminate information in a manner relevant to the field and intended audience., 6. Conduct research or projects as a responsible and ethical professional, including consideration of and respect for other cultural perspectives., 7. Interact professionally with others.)

22. MPH22. Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue. Related Courses: PH 602, 648, 791

(1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in one or more general subject areas related to, but not confined to, a specific area of interest., 7. Interact professionally with others.)

23. EPI1. Identify public health practices for disease control including surveillance, screening and outbreak investigation, including the use of biomarkers and molecular biology. Related Courses: PH 664, 666, 669, 681, 748, 791

(2. Demonstrate understanding of research methodology and techniques specific to one’s field of study.)

24. EPI2. Demonstrate proficiency in computer-based data collection, management and analysis using major statistical software and fundamental strategies for bio statistical analysis. Related Courses: PH 656, 658, 664, 747, 791

(2. Demonstrate understanding of research methodology and techniques specific to one’s field of study., 3. Apply research methodology and/or scholarly inquiry techniques specific to one’s field of study.)

25. EPI3. Discuss how public health biologythe biological, ecologi-cal, and molecular context of public healthimpacts public health practice. Related Courses: PH 666, 669, 681, 748, 789, 791

26. EPI4. Apply epidemiological specific theoretical constructs, research design, research methodology, and analytic strategies. Related Courses: PH 656, 664, 666, 669, 681, 747, 748, 791

(2. Demonstrate understanding of research methodology and techniques specific to one’s field of study., 3. Apply research methodology and/or scholarly inquiry techniques specific to one’s field of study., 4. Critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize information and data related to one’s field of study., 5. Proficiently communicate and disseminate information in a manner relevant to the field and intended audience.)

27. EPI5. Develop a scientific hypothesis, beginning with a review of existing literature, and design an epidemiologic study to assess the hypothesis validly and efficiently. Related Courses: PH 664, 666, 669, 791

(3. Apply research methodology and/or scholarly inquiry techniques specific to one’s field of study.)

28. HPM1. Apply and critique the principles of program planning, development, budgeting, management, and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives using appropriate data sources. Related Courses: PH 626, 658, 672, 677, 791

29. HPM2. Determine and apply appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods, technology and analyses to improve health services, programs, policies, organizations, and/or systems. Related Courses: PH 626, 658, 672, 677, 791

(3. Apply research methodology and/or scholarly inquiry techniques specific to one’s field of study.)

30. HPM3. Apply quality and performance improvement concepts, theories, and methods for strategic planning to improve health using appropriate data sources. Related Courses: PH 626, 641, 658, 672, 677, 791

(4. Critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize information and data related to one’s field of study., 5. Proficiently communicate and disseminate information in a manner relevant to the field and intended audience.)

31. HPM4. Cultivate and leverage leadership skills to define a vision, take initiative, provide direction, manage change, and participate in the planning, development and monitoring required to establish and achieve organizational and policy goals. Related Courses: PH 641, 672, 677, 791

32. HPM5. Describe and address major public health challenges across economic, political, administrative, legal, ethical, and social domains for organizations, initiatives, and policies. Related Courses: PH 626, 641, 672, 677, 791

(7. Interact professionally with others.)

33. NHIH1. Describe indigenous peoples' health in a historical context including an analysis the impact of colonial processes on health outcomes. Related Courses: PH 635, 673, 674, 675, 688, 791

(6. Conduct research or projects as a responsible and ethical professional, including consideration of and respect for other cultural perspectives.)

34. NHIH2. Critically evaluate public health policy and programs using traditional values and ancestral knowledge, balanced with scientific methodology, as they relate to improving the health of Indigenous Peoples. Related Courses: PH 635, 673, 674, 675, 688, 728, 791

(4. Critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize information and data related to one’s field of study., 6. Conduct research or projects as a responsible and ethical professional, including consideration of and respect for other cultural perspectives.)

35. NHIH3. Apply the principles of economic evaluation to Indigenous programs with a particular focus on the allocation of resources relative to need. Related Courses: PH 635, 673, 674, 675, 688, 728, 791

(4. Critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize information and data related to one’s field of study., 5. Proficiently communicate and disseminate information in a manner relevant to the field and intended audience., 6. Conduct research or projects as a responsible and ethical professional, including consideration of and respect for other cultural perspectives.)

36. NHIH4. Describe a reflexive public health practice for Indigenous peoples' health contexts. Related Courses: PH 635, 673, 674, 675, 688, 791, 789

(4. Critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize information and data related to one’s field of study., 6. Conduct research or projects as a responsible and ethical professional, including consideration of and respect for other cultural perspectives., 7. Interact professionally with others.)

37. NHIH5. Design a disease prevention strategy that values and incorporates indigenous peoples traditional knowledge. Related Courses: PH 635, 673, 674, 675, 688, 728, 791

(3. Apply research methodology and/or scholarly inquiry techniques specific to one’s field of study., 6. Conduct research or projects as a responsible and ethical professional, including consideration of and respect for other cultural perspectives.)

38. SBHS1. Critique methods and instruments for collecting valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data related to social behavioral health. Related Courses: PH 701, 702, 765, 791

(2. Demonstrate understanding of research methodology and techniques specific to one’s field of study., 3. Apply research methodology and/or scholarly inquiry techniques specific to one’s field of study., 5. Proficiently communicate and disseminate information in a manner relevant to the field and intended audience.)

39. SBHS2. Design and test mechanisms to monitor and evaluate health promotion programs for its effectiveness and quality. Related Courses: PH 701, 702, 765, 791

40. SBHS3. Apply behavior change theory and health promotion strategies to develop grant proposals and identify budgetary priorities. Related Courses: PH 646, 701, 702, 765, 791

41. SBHS4. Incorporate ethical principles and standards in the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of data interactions with organizations, communities and individuals.Related Courses: PH 646, 701, 702, 765, 791, 789

(4. Critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize information and data related to one’s field of study., 6. Conduct research or projects as a responsible and ethical professional, including consideration of and respect for other cultural perspectives., 7. Interact professionally with others.)

42. SBHS5. Develop and test communication strategies including technology to promote health behavior change through health interventions and programs.Related Courses: PH 701, 702, 765, 791

(4. Critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize information and data related to one’s field of study., 5. Proficiently communicate and disseminate information in a manner relevant to the field and intended audience., 7. Interact professionally with others.)

2) Your program's SLOs are published as follows. Please update as needed.

Department Website URL: www.manoa.hawaii.edu/publichealth
Student Handbook. URL, if available online: www.manoa.hawaii.edu/publichealth/sites/manoa.hawaii.edu.publichealth/files/downloads/student-handbook.pdf
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online:
UHM Catalog. Page Number: http://www.catalog.hawaii.edu/courses/departments/ph.htm
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/publichealth/course
Other: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/publichealth/master-degree-competencies
Other: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/publichealth/academics

3) Please review, add, replace, or delete the existing curriculum map.

Curriculum Map File(s) from 2018:

4) For your program, the percentage of courses that have course SLOs explicitly stated on the syllabus, a website, or other publicly available document is as follows. Please update as needed.

0%
1-50%
51-80%
81-99%
100%

5) Does the program have learning achievement results for its program SLOs? (Example of achievement results: "80% of students met expectations on SLO 1.")(check one):

No
Yes, on some(1-50%) of the program SLOs
Yes, on most(51-99%) of the program SLOs
Yes, on all(100%) of the program SLOs

6) Did your program engage in any program learning assessment activities between June 1, 2015 and October 31, 2018?

Yes
No (skip to question 17)

7) What best describes the program-level learning assessment activities that took place for the period June 1, 2015 to October 31, 2018? (Check all that apply.)

Create/modify/discuss program learning assessment procedures (e.g., SLOs, curriculum map, mechanism to collect student work, rubric, survey)
Collect/evaluate student work/performance to determine SLO achievement
Collect/analyze student self-reports of SLO achievement via surveys, interviews, or focus groups
Use assessment results to make programmatic decisions (e.g., change course content or pedagogy, design new course, hiring)
No (skip to question 17)
Investigate other pressing issue related to student learning achievement for the program (explain in question 7)
Other:

8) Briefly explain the assessment activities that took place.

Assessment Activities

1) Linked SLOs/competencies. MPH students are required to complete the 7 MPH core courses and 4-7 specialization courses (depending on specialization) plus practicum (PH 791) and capstone courses (PH 789) with a passing grade of an “A”, “B”, or “C”.  The core SLOs competencies are linked to the range of required courses in the MPH degree program.  The specific selected competencies are listed in each syllabus by the teaching faculty members that show which competencies were obtained upon completion of course by the student and through assessment of specific course assignments plus their participation and attendance. Each SLO is listed in specific courses and specific assignments are linked to the way that SLO is attained.

2) E-Portfolios. MPH students must submit MPH e-portfolios including all their major completed assignments, projects, and papers for each course that they completed. This is document what was completed as evidence for re-accreditation visits.

3) Form 18. MPH students must submit final competency tracking matrix of SLOs (Form 18) that must match which course and what assignment in that course (how) the student attained the competency. From the strength of the Form 18 is it is complied by the MPH student, then faculty advisor (and 2nd committee member) can review the document together to finalize the completeness of the attainment of all core and specific competencies.  The Form 18 is designed as a table to ensure that SLO is linked specifically to the courses and assignments in those coures.  These tables must be summarized and submitted as part of UHM-OPHS annual accreditation reports. Both the advisor and MPH student must sign off on this Form 18 as part of the degree check in order to graduate with a MPH.

4) Final Paper. MPH student complete a final paper during PH 789: Integrative Seminar course before being cleared for degree completion.  In this PH 789 course, all of the competencies are reviewed in class as a group discussion to see where students felt they had full attainment of MPH competencies and were they did not.

5) Final Oral Examination. MPH student complete a final oral examination in public before being cleared for MPH degree completion.  The final oral is a PowerPoint presentation based on the content of the student's final paper.

9) What types of evidence did the program use as part of the assessment activities checked in question 7? (Check all that apply.)

Artistic exhibition/performance
Assignment/exam/paper completed as part of regular coursework and used for program-level assessment
Capstone work product (e.g., written project or non-thesis paper)
Exam created by an external organization (e.g., professional association for licensure)
Exit exam created by the program
IRB approval of research
Oral performance (oral defense, oral presentation, conference presentation)
Portfolio of student work
Publication or grant proposal
Qualifying exam or comprehensive exam for program-level assessment in addition to individual student evaluation (graduate level only)
Supervisor or employer evaluation of student performance outside the classroom (internship, clinical, practicum)
Thesis or dissertation used for program-level assessment in addition to individual student evaluation
Alumni survey that contains self-reports of SLO achievement
Employer meetings/discussions/survey/interview of student SLO achievement
Interviews or focus groups that contain self-reports of SLO achievement
Student reflective writing assignment (essay, journal entry, self-assessment) on their SLO achievement.
Student surveys that contain self-reports of SLO achievement
Assessment-related such as assessment plan, SLOs, curriculum map, etc.
Program or course materials (syllabi, assignments, requirements, etc.)
Other 1: Form 18: MPH Competency Attainment Tracking Form with linking courses and table to document what assignments were used to attain the competency.
Other 2:

10) State the number of students (or persons) who submitted evidence that was evaluated. If applicable, please include the sampling technique used.

All MPH students during June 5, 2015 and October 31, 2018 submitted checked evidence items, which are necessary to pass degree check and graduate.

2015-2016-- Thirty-six (36) MPH students submitted, were cleared, and graduated with appropriate and all SLOs with documented evidence (Form 18, Portfolio, final paper, & final oral ppt).

2016-2017-- Thirty-one (31) MPH students submitted, were cleared, and graduated with appropriate and all SLOs with documented evidence (Form 18, Portfolio, final paper, & final oral ppt).

2017-2018-- Twenty-seven (27) MPH students submitted, were cleared, and graduated with appropriate and all SLOs documented evidence (Form 18, Portfolio, final paper, & final oral ppt).

11) Who interpreted or analyzed the evidence that was collected? (Check all that apply.)

Course instructor(s)
Faculty committee
Ad hoc faculty group
Department chairperson
Persons or organization outside the university
Faculty advisor
Advisors (in student support services)
Students (graduate or undergraduate)
Dean/Director
Other: Practicum Coordinator

12) How did they evaluate, analyze, or interpret the evidence? (Check all that apply.)

Used a rubric or scoring guide
Scored exams/tests/quizzes
Used professional judgment (no rubric or scoring guide used)
Compiled survey results
Used qualitative methods on interview, focus group, open-ended response data
External organization/person analyzed data (e.g., external organization administered and scored the nursing licensing exam)
Other: Form 10: MPH Required Forms Checklist and Form 19: Completion of MPH Requirements

13) Summarize the results of the assessment activities checked in question 7. For example, report the percentage of students who achieved each SLO.

Summary of the results produced positive results of graduating MPH students for all graduating MPH students. Total of 100% of  MPH students completed and were approved with all five all five pieces of evidence for SLOs (MPH competencies) for those graduating between June 1. 2015  and October 31. 2018 graduation. 

These five items was necessary in order for each student to be cleared for degree check and allowed to graduate.  These items are:) Passing grade in all MPH courses with linking competencies and assignments in each syllabus; b) E-Portfolio of all MPH assignments, syllabi and capstone products, c) Form 18 which is the MPH Competency Attainment Tracking Form, d) Final capstone paper, and e) final oral examination as power point presentation of final paper content.

14) What best describes how the program used the results? (Check all that apply.)

Assessment procedure changes (SLOs, curriculum map, rubrics, evidence collected, sampling, communications with faculty, etc.)
Course changes (course content, pedagogy, courses offered, new course, pre-requisites, requirements)
Personnel or resource allocation changes
Program policy changes (e.g., admissions requirements, student probation policies, common course evaluation form)
Students' out-of-course experience changes (advising, co-curricular experiences, program website, program handbook, brown-bag lunches, workshops)
Celebration of student success!
Results indicated no action needed because students met expectations
Use is pending (typical reasons: insufficient number of students in population, evidence not evaluated or interpreted yet, faculty discussions continue)
Other: MPH students have met expectations and the results are used to refine the data collection process since the new mandates from accreditation organization's required SLOs.

15) Please briefly describe how the program used the results.

The UHM-OPHS used the results: 1) to refine the tracking process of the MPH students' attainment, 2) to training faculty advisors how to better track their MPH students' progress, 3) to submit accreditation annual reports, and 4) to apply for re-accreditation from the Council for Evaluation of Public Health (CEPH) as a public health program. 

UH-OPHS was required to revamp their competencies (SLOs) for all public health degree programs include MPH as required by CEPH).  These steps were completed with new competencies, using competencies code numbers, creating a new tracking checklist (Form 18), and re-aligning the competencies in all MPH/MS courses.

The use and application of these competencies is in its second year of implementation.

In addition to the 22 MPH core competencies and 20 specialization competencies, CEPH required 12 foundational knowledge that including the following:

Profession and Science of Public Health

  1. Explain public health history, philosophy and values
  2. Identify the core functions of public health and the 10 Essential Services11
  3. Explain the role of quantitative and qualitative methods and sciences in describing and assessing a population’s health
  4. List major causes and trends of morbidity and mortality in the US or other community relevant to the school or program
  5. Discuss the science of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in population health, including health promotion, screening, etc.
  6. Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge.

Factors Related to Human Health 

  1. Explain effects of environmental factors on a population’s health
  2. Explain biological and genetic factors that affect a population’s health
  3. Explain behavioral and psychological factors that affect a population’s health
  4. Explain the social, political and economic determinants of health and how they contribute to population health and health inequities
  5. Explain how globalization affects global burdens of disease
  6. Explain an ecological perspective on the connections among human health, animal health and ecosystem health (e.g., One Health).

the MPH program's course PH 600: Public Health Foundation was re-organized to cover all 12 of these knowledge areas.

16) Beyond the results, were there additional conclusions or discoveries? This can include insights about assessment procedures, teaching and learning, and great achievements regarding program assessment in this reporting period.

The best discovery was the decision of the UHM-OPHS to standardize the OPHS's syllabus template and required all public health faculty members to use the OPHS syllabus template keeping the same order as provided in the fillable template.  Once the same approach was use more collaboration and sharing was created among all faculty members with best wording for course policies, university policies, lists of useful websites especially for campus support services and conduct code. It also allowed for standardized grading scale table and grade distribution table with fillable course assignments. This process happened as OPHS assessment reports were reviewed by the OPHS curriculum committee and then curriculum policies were created to better guide the format, tracking and standardization of the curriculum for Office of Public Health Studies.

Furthermore, CEPH required OPHS to specific which assignment in each course was utilized to ensure attainment of specific SLOs.

 

17) If the program did not engage in assessment activities, please justify.

Not applicable.