Unit: Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology, & Pharmacology
Program: Biomedical Sciences: Tropical Medicine (MS)
Degree: Master's
Date: Thu Oct 03, 2013 - 10:00:36 am

1) Below are your program's student learning outcomes (SLOs). Please update as needed.

MS in Biomedical Sciences (Tropical Medicine)

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge base in the various disciplines of Tropical Medicine.

  2. Demonstrate a mastery of technical and experimental research methodologies.

  3. Demonstrate the ability to plan, execute, interpret, and evaluate experimental studies.

  4. Demonstrate skills required for instruction, assessment and mentoring of undergraduate and MS students.

  5. Demonstrate proficiency in written and verbal communication skills in various teaching formats and in professional presentations.

  6. Demonstrate sufficient mastery and scientific maturity to assess the work of peers in related fields.

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

Department Website URL: http://blog.hawaii.edu/tropicalmedicine/student-learning-outcomes-ms/
Student Handbook. URL, if available online: http://blog.hawaii.edu/tropicalmedicine/masters-degree/blog.hawaii.edu/tropicalmedicine/files/2012/01/TRMD-Grad-Handbook-2012.pdf
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online:
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online:

3) Select one option:

Curriculum Map File(s) from 2013:

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, 2012 and September 30, 2013? (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, 2012 to September 30, 2013: State the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goals. Include the SLOs that were targeted, if applicable.

The faculty has been in active discussion of the Bioinformatics Curriculum for the Tropical Medicine Graduate program.  While we have a Bioinformatics course on the books and it is a core requirement for our stuents, the faculty member teaching that course has left so we need to find a replacement to fill that gap.  We reviewed the bioinformatics course offerings at UH Manoa and explored various options for our students.  Upon completing this review, we determined that none of the existing courses met the specific needs of our students.  We are currently working with the JABSOM/RMATRIX Bioinformatics program to develop a course that would be appropriate for our Tropical Medicine graduate students and anticipate offering it during the next academic year using our existing Bioinformatics course number.

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.

Faculty and student input were obtained in focus group meetings and one-to-one discussions.

8) State how many persons submitted evidence that was evaluated. If applicable, please include the sampling technique used.

verbal evidence was submitted by approximately 10 persons

9) 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)

10) 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)

11) For the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goal(s) stated in Question #6:
Summarize the actual results.

A new bioinformatics course is in development based on faculty and student recommendations.

12) State how the program used the results or plans to use the results. Please be specific.

See comment in question 12.

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.


14) If the program did not engage in assessment activities, please explain.
Or, if the program did engage in assessment activities, please add any other important information here.