Program: Public Health (MPH, MS)
Date: Wed Sep 30, 2009 - 3:24:08 pm
1) List your program's student learning outcomes (SLOs).
Identify patterns of disease and injury in human populations and apply epidemiological methods to the identification and control of health problems.
Social and Behavioral Health Sciences Competency
Describe how behavioral, social and cultural factors influence health and apply social science theories and evidence-based approaches in social and behavioral change interventions.
Apply basic statistical methods to address, analyze and solve problems in public health.
Environmental Health Competency
Describe how environmental factors (biological, physical, and chemical) affect the health of a community.
Health Policy and Management Competencies
<!--[if !supportLists]-->§ <!--[endif]-->Identify the main components and issues of the organization, financing and delivery of health services and public health systems in the US.
• Describe the legal and ethical bases for public health and health services.
• Apply the principles of program planning, development, budgeting, management and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives.
<!--[if !supportLists]-->§ <!--[endif]-->Apply “system thinking for resolving organizational problems.
Diversity and Culture Competency
Explain why cultural competence alone cannot address health disparities; be able to interact with both diverse individuals and groups on public health issues.
Organize community partnerships to create and communicate a shared vision for a changing future; discuss solutions to organizational and community challenges; and maximize motivation to reach public health goals.
Public Health Biology Competency
Discuss how public health biology – the biological and molecular context of public health – impacts public health practice.
Systems Thinking Competency
Recognize system-level properties that result from dynamic interactions among human and social systems and how they affect the relationships among individuals, groups, organizations, communities, and environments.
Program Planning Competency
Plan for the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of strategies to improve individual and community health.
Ethics and Professionalism Competency
Demonstrate ethical choices, values and professional practices implicit in public health decisions; consider the effect of choices on community stewardship, equity, social justice and accountability; and to commit to personal and institutional development.
Communication and Informatics Competency
Collect, manage and organize data to produce information and demonstrate ability to present this information in meaningful ways to different audiences.
2) Where are your program's SLOs published?
Student Handbook. URL, if available online: www.hawaii.edu/publichealth
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online:
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online: www.hawaii.edu/publichealth
3) Upload your program's current curriculum map(s) as a PDF.
4) What percentage of courses have the course SLOs explicitly stated on the course syllabus, department website, or other publicly available document? (Check one)
5) State the SLO(s) that was Assessed, Targeted, or Studied
All 15 competencies that are listed above in #1.
6) State the Assessment Question(s) and/or Goal(s) of Assessment Activity
MPH program wanted to find out if the graduating MPH students were obtaining the MPH competencies.
Goal: All graduating MPH students obtain the 15 MPH competencies..
7) State the Type(s) of Evidence Gathered
8) State How the Evidence was Interpreted, Evaluated, or Analyzed
9) State How Many Pieces of Evidence Were Collected
The pieces of evidence include the following five (5) items: 1) MPH portfolio, 2) passing grade with “A” or “B”, 3) cross-cutting summary sheets, 4) faculty's syllabi with selected linked competencies, and 5) competency system re-designed to link more closely with MPH curriculum.
10) Summarize the Actual Results
Summary of the results produced 80% of graduating MPH students completed all five pieces of evidence and 100% produced four of the five pieces listed above. (Epidemiology students did not do portfolio for May 2009 graduation).
11) Briefly Describe the Distribution and Discussion of Results
Results were shared with the graduating students and their advisors. The overall results are shared with the Public Health Department’s Curriculum Committee and later will be shared with all public health faculty.
12) Describe Conclusions and Discoveries
13) Use of Results/Program Modifications: State How the Program Used the Results --or-- Explain Planned Use of Results
14) Reflect on the Assessment Process
15) Other Important Information
Since the MPH public health competency system is so new--the currciulum map has not been developed yet. The public health curriculum committee plans to make it's development a priority for this year and will supply the curriculum map for next year's assessment report.
16) FOR DISTANCE PROGRAMS ONLY: Explain how your program/department has adapted its assessment of student learning in the on-campus program to assess student learning in the distance education program.
17) FOR DISTANCE PROGRAMS ONLY: Summarize the actual student learning assessment results that compare the achievement of students in the on-campus program to students in the distance education program.