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Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal


Volume 3: No. 1, January 2006

Transforming a Master of Public Health Program to Address Public Health Practice Needs

This figure is a flowchart with eight boxes that are arranged in a clockwise circle and has arrows pointing from one box to the next. Each box contains one point of the program's development. In order, the boxes read as follows: Point 1, continuous and regular review of pertinent documents and national change processes (e.g., COL, Institute of Medicine report) as well as our program evaluation findings; Point 2, development or revision of program-level VVMGO (measurable objectives); validation by faculty; Point 3; development or revision of student competencies that guide planning for student-focused aspects of mission, goals, and objectives and curriculum change; validation by faculty; Point 4, proactive effort to encourage review, editing, and validation of VVMGO and student competencies by students, graduates, community advisors, employers, and stakeholders; Point 5, final and ongoing review, editing, and validation of VVMGO and competencies by faculty; Point 6, two-stage review of current curriculum’s ability to support VVMGO and student competency development; Point 7, development or revision of evaluation model displaying the multiple levels of program and curriculum evaluation, including community stakeholder input; and point 8, Input from all levels of evaluation data; VVMGO assessments and curriculum assessments.

Figure. Feedback loop for the initial and continual development processes for program vision, values, mission, goals, and objectives (VVMGO); student competencies; and the curriculum learning objectives and assessments linked to student competencies. The model was adapted from iterations of planning materials used from 2003 to 2005. COL indicates Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice.

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