Department of Public Health Education

MPH Program Goals and Objectives

Goal 1 (Teaching): The MPH program will offer classroom, field, and professional development experiences that afford students the opportunity to acquire and apply core public health knowledge and the Health Education Competencies to the health problems faced by diverse populations.

    Objectives:
    • Each year, the program will offer all core MPH courses required for graduation.
    • Every two years, starting in 2012, each course syllabus for required MPH courses will be reviewed by the Graduate Program Committee (GPC) to ensure that student learning objectives (SLOs) are:
      • appropriately tied to the basic and advanced health education responsibilities and competencies and the core public health knowledge, and
      • include an emphasis on the social determinants of health and health disparities.
    • By Spring 2013, all required MPH courses will be reviewed to identify potential student portfolio products that demonstrate students' proficiency in the health education competencies. A matrix with these required portfolio products will be provided to students by Fall 2013.
    • By Spring 2015, 100% of graduating MPH students will have a portfolio with products illustrating their achievement of at least 5 competencies within at least 3 of the 7 responsibility areas.
    • Each year, 80% of MPH students will be rated at a level of above average or better by their internship preceptor on the competencies they pursued in their internships.

Goal 2 (Research): The MPH program faculty and students will conduct research and evaluation that contributes to advancing knowledge and the health of communities and populations.

    Objectives:
    • Each year, 30% or more of graduate faculty members will have an externally-funded research or evaluation project.
    • By 2015, 30% of contract/grant budgets awarded to graduate faculty members will include partial or full funding for at least 1 MPH student.
    • Each year, graduate faculty members will produce an average of three of the following: peer-reviewed publications, peer-reviewed presentations or technical reports. At least one will be a peer-reviewed publication.
    • Each year, at least 30% of graduate faculty members will collaborate and/or consult with practitioners and/or community-based organizations to conduct research and evaluation projects.
    • Each year, 100% of MPH students will practice their professional presentation skills by presenting their Internship experience at an MPH-program hosted poster event that is open to the community.

Goal 3 (Service): The MPH program will facilitate collaborative service and community engagement within the university, local, state, national, and international communities.

    Objectives:
    • Each academic year, 100% of graduate faculty members will engage in regular service to the university at the department, school, or university levels.
    • Each academic year, the Department Chair, in consultation with the faculty, will make appointments of faculty members to service assignments at the department, school or university levels.
    • Each academic year, the Department Chair will appoint an evaluation task force for the MPH program. The Evaluation Task Force for the MPH program will collect data regarding the MPH program's performance relative to program goals and objectives and will report the findings to the faculty by October 1 of the following year.
    • Each academic year, at least 75% of graduate faculty members will provide public health service at either the local, state, national, or international level.
    • Each academic year, 100% of eligible students will provide service to communities or organizations through their internships.
    • Each academic year, 100% of graduate faculty members will serve as active members in at least one professional or community-based organization.

Goal 4 (Faculty Development): The MPH program will provide faculty development opportunities to improve the program's teaching, research, and service.

    Objectives:
    • By 2015, 100% of faculty members will create an "Academic Profile" with long-term development goals in the areas of teaching, research, mentoring, and service.
    • Each year, 100% of faculty members will identify, in their annual workplans, areas and strategies for development in at least one of the following categories: teaching, research, mentoring, and service.
    • Each year, in faculty members' annual review meetings, the Department Chair will give feedback to faculty members on their strengths and weaknesses in teaching, research, mentoring, and service.
    • Each year, each graduate faculty member will participate in at least one research/program evaluation faculty development opportunity.
    • Each year, all junior faculty members will be interviewed to determine their needs for research mentoring and developmental opportunities.