Health Science

FY 2014 Enrollment: 816; Graduate: 73

Program learning outcomes: What Will I Learn?

  1. Identify and evaluates evidence to guide decision making.
  2. Use a systematic approach and higher order thinking in responding to health care issues and societal needs.
  3. Integrate knowledge of culture and an appreciation for diversity in assessment of needs and delivery of health care.
  4. Identify opportunities and challenges in the use of current and evolving information technologies for planning, implementing and evaluating health services.
  5. Use effective professional communication skills to engage with various stakeholders.
  6. Analyze legal, ethical and policy issues within health care delivery systems.
  7. Implement specialized knowledge and skills in the management and delivery of health care services.

Level of Achievement

  • Highly achieved: 85% of student receive a grade of B or better.
  • Meets Standard: 70% of students will receive a grade of B or better.
  • Needs Improvement: 60% of students will receive a grade of B or better.

Evidence of Student Learning - Internal: How will the program measure what I have learned?

Program Outcome ACHIEVEMENT RESULTS – May 2013 Term to March 2014 Term

Program Outcome 1: Identify and evaluates evidence to guide decision making.

  • In HSC 365, Research for Evidence Based Practice, students are required to complete a 25 question, comprehensive final exam. Students apply concepts and knowledge learned throughout the course for evaluating evidence. 39% (19/49) of students received a grade of B or higher – Does Not Meet Standard
  • 5.00 (out of a 6.0 Likert Scale) (n=7) – Exit Survey graduate responses related to PO1– Highly Achieved

Program Outcome 2: Use a systematic approach and higher order thinking in responding to health care issues and societal needs.

  • In the course HSC 320, Health Care Issues in Culturally Diverse Populations, students are required to analyze a religious group and its approach to health care. The analysis will include a demographic description of the religious group, the group's beliefs related to health issues, ritual associated with health or illness practiced, and potential conflicts that exist as a result of differences between the religious beliefs of the group and values of the dominant culture. 91% (95/104) of students received a grade of B or higher – Highly Achieved
  • In HSC 464, Health Science Capstone, students prepare a presentation on their individual case analysis paper. The presentation includes: targeted audience, evidence of a clear strategy for resolving the problem and the analysis of evidence that provides a rationale and supports the strategy. Students must apply at least one of the case analysis tools learned throughout the course. 95% (65/68) of students received a grade of B or higher – Highly Achieved
  • 5.43 (out of a 6.0 Likert Scale) (n=7) – Exit Survey graduate responses related to PO2 – Highly Achieved

Program Outcome 3: Integrate knowledge of culture and an appreciation for diversity in assessment of needs and delivery of health care.

  • In the course HSC 320, Health Care Issues in Culturally Diverse Populations, students are required to write a paper identifying a cultural group to include demographics, beliefs, rituals, health care practices and health issues. Students will research for health care services currently meeting the needs of their chosen group. Students will create an ideal system exemplifying culturally competent health care for the cultural group selected. 93% (96/103) of students received a grade of B or higher – Highly Achieved
  • 5.57 (out of a 6.0 Likert Scale) (n=7) – Exit Survey graduate responses related to PO3 – Highly Achieved

Program Outcome 4: Identify opportunities and challenges in the use of current and evolving information technologies for planning, implementing and evaluating health services.

  • In the course HSC 445, Introduction to Health Care Informatics, student are required to write a paper identifying an issue related to the electronic health record to include scope, boundaries, background, outcomes, and stakeholders. Students will offer a course of action that addresses the concerns of the stakeholders as they relate to the issue. Students will describe the implementation of the course of action and define a strategy for evaluation of the course of action. 93% (24/26) of students received a grade of B or higher – Highly Achieved
  • 5.00 (out of a 6.0 Likert Scale) (n=7) – Exit Survey graduate responses related to PO4 – Highly Achieved

Program Outcome 5: Use effective professional communication skills to engage with various stakeholders.

  • In the course HSC 310, Writing and Communication in the Health Science Professions, students must write two letters or emails to demonstrate competence in delivering positive and negative messages in the health care professional setting. N/A – insufficient results to measure outcome
  • In the course HSC 310, Writing and Communication in the Health Science Professions, students will research and write a memorandum on strategies to improve professional meetings. Students must obtain feedback from Smarthinking. The students are then required to incorporate the feedback received from Smarthinking into their submitted work. N/A – insufficient results to measure outcome
  • In the final paper for HSC 310, Writing and Communication in the Health Science Professions, students select a health topic of interest and research a social media strategy to address this issue. Students write a research paper. N/A – insufficient results to measure outcome.
  • 5.43 (out of a 6.0 Likert Scale) (n=7) – Exit Survey graduate responses related to PO5 – Highly Achieved

Program Outcome 6: Analyze legal, ethical and policy issues within health delivery systems.

  • In the HSC 464 capstone course, students conduct an independent case analysis. Students provide a brief summary of case; identification of the problems; an analysis of the case using 2 of 5 tools presented earlier in course; an analysis of legal, ethical and/or policy issues; a detailed strategy for resolving the problems; and an analysis of the evidence used to guide the students decision-making. 99% (69/70) of students received a grade of B or higher – Highly Achieved
  • 5.57 (out of a 6.0 Likert Scale) (n=7) – Exit Survey graduate responses related to PO6- Highly Achieved

Program Outcome 7: Implement specialized knowledge and skills in the management and delivery of health care services.

  • In the capstone course HSC 464, students are required to create a case analysis using subject matter that pertains to their respective area of emphasis. These areas include: gerontology, health care management, health education, end of life care, and public health. 96% (67/70) of students received a grade of B or higher – Highly Achieved
  • 5.50 (out of a 6.0 Likert Scale) (n=7) – Exit Survey graduate responses related to PO7– Highly Achieved

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