Graduate Academic Learning Compacts

Year: 2007-2008
College: Brooks College of Health
Department: Public Health
Major: Community Health
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Mission Statement:

The mission of the MPH Program at the University of North Florida is to prepare public health professionals who have the knowledge and skills necessary for careers aimed at improving the health of diverse populations. The mission is accomplished through excellence and innovation in graduate teaching and public health research, and a commitment to community and professional service that promotes healthy populations.
Student Learning Outcomes:

    
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1. Demonstrate understanding and skills in applying biostatistics and research methodology for effective collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of health related scientific data.



    
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2. Demonstrate knowledge and applied skills for studying, understanding, and analyzing the distribution and determinants of health related states or events in human populations in order to provide information for public health decision-making and action.



    
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3. Demonstrate understanding and skills to address complex issues invlved in the ecology of public health problems related to aspects of the environment for purposes of identification, investigation, and mitigation of environmental risk factors.



    
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4. Demonstrate understanding of the areas of policy, economics, finance, marketing, quality, and accessibility that are necessary to effectively manage public health care organizations and services.



    
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5. Demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to plan and implement an evidence-based health program that reflects social, economic, cultural, and behavioral factors of the community.



    
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6. Demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to design and implement theoretically-based, and developmentally and culturally appropriate learning strategies.



    
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7. Demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to evalute a public health program.



    
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8. Demonstrate skills needed to effectively community public health issues, data, and information.



    
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9. Comprehensive Learning Outcome: Demonstrate core and specialization area knowledge and skills associated with public health practice according to the UNF MPH Program Graduate Learning Outcomes (GLOs), national (CEPH) accreditation standards, the CPH exam, and local public health needs assessment data.


Curriculum Map:

Assessment Approaches:

Several approaches are used to assess the MPH Program learning outcomes. Content specific knowledge and skills are assessed directly by student performance on exams and projects within each course throughout the program. Additionally, at the end of the program, each student takes a Capstone Course, which consists of a 300-hour Practice Experience, and a Comprehensive Examination. The Practice Experience is assessed by each student (self-assessment), the practice site preceptor, and the Capstone Course Instructor. The Practice Experience grade is based partially on the student portfolio and the final project output (presentation poster, research manuscript, or similar product). The comprehensive examination covers basic and applied knowledge and skills associated with the program GLOS and specific GLO area competencies, and is currently used as a major direct assessment tool. When the national Certification in Public Health (CPH) exam is implemented in summer 2008, and after the UNF MPH Program is accredited by the Council for Education in Public Health (CEPH), student performance on the CPH exam will be added as an additional direct assessment measure. The Program also uses several indirect assessment measures. In 2006-2007, the Program conducted (1) a Current Student Survey; (2) a Graduating Student Exit Survey; (3) an Alumni Survey; and (4) an MPH Program Public Health Advisory Committee Survey. These surveys were used to evaluate the quality of the MPH Program coursework, faculty, advising, facilities/resources, areas of strength, and areas in need of improvement as reported by existing, graduating, or graduated students, or advisory committee members, respectively. In Spring 2007, the Program also conducted (5) a current student focus group session to gather additional qualitative data regarding the Program. In the future, the Program will continue to conduct exit interview surveys of all graduating students, and conduct an annual focus group session with existing students.