Online Program

Linking Student Performance to Public Health Competencies: Implications for MPH Curriculum

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Pamela Ann Duffy, PHD, PT, MEd, Master of Public Health, Des Moine University, Des Moines, IA

MPH programs must be able to measure their students’ acquisition of public health competencies.  Mapping competencies to course learning objectives, and learning objectives to learning activity assessments, however, can be complex and difficult to implement.   Topical mapping, outcomes-based mapping, and competency-based mapping principles provide varying level of information about curriculum.  In this session, the benefits and limitations of various methodologies are discussed.  Examples of curriculum mapping within a web-based learning management system will be explored.  Detailed curriculum maps, created for each MPH course within a curriculum, link learning objectives, learner assessments, and program and university competencies. The integration of the curriculum mapping program with the learning management system is critical to producing timely and accurate program level, course level, and student level performance reports on competency acquisition. The process of course development using the competency-based model of curriculum mapping can stimulate faculty development in pedagogy, creation of learning objectives, and modification of learning assessments.  At the programmatic level, competency-based reporting is valuable in assessment of individual student competency attainment, overall level of aggregate student performance per course, and for evaluation of how an MPH program addresses its chosen competencies throughout core and specialist curricula.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Explain three types of curriculum mapping approaches. Compare advantages and limitations of curriculum mapping methodologies. Describe the value of competency-based curriculum mapping to achievement of program goals.

Keyword(s): Accreditation, Public Health Curricula & Competencies

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am Chair of the MPH Curriculum Committee at Des Moines University, have led curriculum mapping initiatives, and served as PI for research projects related to curriculum design and interprofessional education.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.