An analysis of the degree of satisfaction on public health education among graduate students in Republic of Korea
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
The role of professional public health educational institutions becomes essential in the United States as well as in South Korea. A clear understanding of the student satisfaction is a fundamental way to improve the quality of education and the institutional efficiency. The goal of this study was to understand the quality of public health education in South Korea.
We surveyed 371 MPH and PhD students from seven academic, professional, and vocational public health graduate schools in South Korea between June 3rd and June 17th, 2014. The questionnaire measured the degree of student satisfaction in 9 different areas; overall, curriculum, lectures, counseling, student support and scholarships, faculties, facilities, welfare and private research spaces, and community.
Students’ overall satisfaction scored 3.36(±0.95). Students were generally satisfied with the curriculum (3.27±0.76), lectures (3.35±0.83), and facilities (3.13±0.88). Satisfaction in student support (2.47±1.04) and community outreach (2.60±1.12) was the lowest compared to other areas. A significant difference in satisfaction was found in curriculum (academic 3.01±0.96; professional 3.21±0.58; vocational 3.39±0.73) and counseling (academic 2.56±1.19; professional 2.26±1.05; vocational 2.90±1.02) among MPH students between three types of school and in counseling among doctoral students between two types of school (academic 3.00±0.92 and professional 2.04±1.05).
Students satisfaction of current public health education in Korea was relatively high and we found the lowest satisfaction in students support and community outreach. In curriculum and counseling we found variations among different types of schools. In designing the MPH accreditation schemes in South Korea, the accreditation committee should find ways to leverage variations in student satisfaction found in this first-ever survey.
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the professional public health school student who has been studying about statistics. I have been researching about the accreditation of other countries and analyzing the survey.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed
in my presentation.