Program Learning Outcomes
By using various assessment tools and/or rubrics within the classroom, American Public University System (APUS) is able to capture a snapshot of students’ success in fulfilling their program outcomes. Signature assignments, generally in the final course of a program, are used to assess students’ proficiency in meeting each program outcome (PO). In order to show proficiency in an area, a student must achieve a score of 85% or greater. American Public University System strives to have 70% or more (university benchmark) of our students reaching the 85% proficiency standard. When this benchmark isn't met, action is taken to improve curriculum and instruction to better serve our students. The below chart shows combined results of A.S. Public Health students at APUS.
- PO#1- Explain how and why they are a part of a global community and how the health of one nation or community affects the planet as a whole.
- PO#2- Explain why the profession of public health is dynamic, political, and controversial. To face health issues, a professional must define the public as diverse, with many views, beliefs, values and concerns.
- PO#3- Possess the training and competence in the use of technologies to deliver health care services to their communities.
- PO#4- Choose and use the appropriate policies, educational programs, and incentives to develop and maintain individual and community lifestyles that promote optimal health.
- PO#5- Develop a continuum of supportive public health services appropriate for their community.
- PO#6- Resolve conflicts over public health and health care issues.
- PO#7- Ensure that the findings of current public health research are communicated to their communities in an appropriate manner.
- PO#8- Assure communities of the right to receive sufficient information from suppliers of health care technologies, health care providers, and relevant governmental agencies.
- PO#9- Explain and assist in the development of a safe community environment.
- PO#10- Maintain involvement with their communities to assure appropriate education regarding public health matters.
- PO#11- Maintain the utmost ethical standards in their personal and professional conduct.
Learning Outcomes Assessment: ETS Proficiency Profile
Undergraduate students at American Public University System (both AMU and APU) are required to participate in our national testing initiative as they near degree completion. This involves completion of the ETS Proficiency Profile, a general education assessment. This initiative enables us to evaluate and inform teaching and learning, as well as benchmark our programs. Below are combined results from the ETS Proficiency Profile for A.S. Public Health students in the School of Health Sciences.
End of Program Survey
Student satisfaction is extremely important at American Public University System. Students are asked to complete a survey at the conclusion of their program to give insight on their experience. Below are anonymous, self-reported results, from the End of Program survey, for students in the A.S. Public Health Program.