Program: Nutrition (PhD)
Date: Fri Sep 14, 2012 - 5:37:57 pm
1) Below are your program's student learning outcomes (SLOs). Please update as needed.
The PhD program in Nutrition is designed to prepare future leaders and innovators who can expand our knowledge about food and health, solve nutrition-related problems, propose effective nutrition policies, guide new product and service development, and be effective researchers, communicators and educators. To ensure that graduates are prepared for these roles, students will be expected to demonstrate:
- comprehensive understanding of core nutrition knowledge
- advanced scholarship in a specialty area (i.e. expertise in a least one overlapping biomedical discipline e.g. biochemistry, physiology, cell and molecular biology, food science/functional foods, epidemiology, biostatistics, medicine, etc)
- appropriate exposure to social and career-building disciplines (e.g. education, communications, information technology, technical writing, social sciences, etc)
- ability to conduct original scholarly research, develop skills in research methodologies and grant writing, understand research ethics, and effectively dissemination research findings via peer-reviewed publications, seminars and practical applications such as teaching.
2) Your program's SLOs are published as follows. Please update as needed.
Student Handbook. URL, if available online:
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online:
UHM Catalog. Page Number: 340
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online:
3) Select one option:
- File (03/16/2020)
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.
5) Did your program engage in any program assessment activities between June 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012? (e.g., establishing/revising outcomes, aligning the curriculum to outcomes, collecting evidence, interpreting evidence, using results, revising the assessment plan, creating surveys or tests, etc.)
No (skip to question 14)
6) For the period June 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012: State the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goals. Include the SLOs that were targeted, if applicable.
Assessment Goal - One PhD student was assessed via our program's Comprehensive Exam as required by the Graduate Division. The purpose of this exam is to determine the student’s comprehension of fundamental nutrition knowledge, expertise in an overlapping discipline, and competence in research, communications, and critical thinking skills to verify that they can excel as a professional in the field.
7) State the type(s) of evidence gathered to answer the assessment question and/or meet the assessment goals that were given in Question #6.
The form of the assessment Comprehensive exam is both written and oral, questions are formulated, given and evaluated by a committee composed of graduate faculty.
8) State how many persons submitted evidence that was evaluated. If applicable, please include the sampling technique used.
One PhD student was assessed by four graduate faculty members.
9) Who interpreted or analyzed the evidence that was collected? (Check all that apply.)
Ad hoc faculty group
Persons or organization outside the university
Advisors (in student support services)
Students (graduate or undergraduate)
10) How did they evaluate, analyze, or interpret the evidence? (Check all that apply.)
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)
11) For the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goal(s) stated in Question #6:
Summarize the actual results.
Passed assessment exam with no areas for improvment identified.
12) State how the program used the results or plans to use the results. Please be specific.
The results are sent to the Graduate Records office to validate the assessment and progress of the student towards meeeting the requirements for a PhD degree. The PhD program chair will use the assessment results and procedures to guide and improve future comprehesive exams.
13) Beyond the results, were there additional conclusions or discoveries?
This can include insights about assessment procedures, teaching and learning, program aspects and so on.
The comprehensive exam is a good assessment tool.