2008 Teaching and Learning Symposium

2:30-4:30 p.m., May 6, 2008
HUB Ballroom

Session Description



Systematic Assessment of a Problem-Based Learning Curriculum

Alison Moore & Bud Nicola - Community-Oriented Public Health Practice

The Community-Oriented Public Health Practice (COPHP) program began in 2002 in the Department of Health Services with an emphasis on problem-based learning to prepare graduate students to become public health practitioners. The curriculum is based on a case study model where students integrate discussion, research, writing, and analytical skills to learn about the core competencies of public health with an emphasis on community development. Students also take part in a weekly skills seminar designed to enhance the problem-based learning curriculum. In addition to classroom learning, the students participate in a number of practice-oriented fieldwork opportunities through field-based cases, practicum experiences, and capstone projects.

The COPHP program has incorporated systematic evaluation to gain a more thorough understanding of the learning process and incorporate changes into the curriculum. Students have a number of opportunities to provide feedback to faculty members about the program. The evaluations have been developed through a partnership with the Center for Instructional Development and Research (CIDR). At the end of each block, students complete written evaluations about the course content and facilitation of faculty members. Additionally each quarter, students evaluate the skills seminar. There are annual reviews, facilitated by CIDR, in which students provide feedback about the entire program. All of the evaluations have been integrated and used by faculty members to improve the curriculum since its inception. In departmental assessments, COPHP graduates have consistently expressed a high level of confidence in their mastery of public health competencies when compared with other students in the Department of Health Services.



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