The mission of the Population Health Management (PHM) program is to provide students with the best possible training for careers that improve health and well-being. As the United States health care system changes to adapt to a new demographic and health landscape, increasing emphasis is placed on preventative medicine and health maintenance. PHM graduates will help fill this pressing need, providing much needed health resources to hospitals, schools, governmental and non-profit organizations, and local communities. Such work empowers individuals through health programs and policy, to create a healthier future for our nation.
Program Educational Objectives
Program Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of basic theoretical frameworks of sociology and demonstrate an ability to apply social theory to behavioral trends.
- Students will demonstrate understanding of the impact of such factors as culture, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, mental and physical characteristics, family values, education, religious and spiritual values, and socio-economics status on the health and wellbeing of individuals; students will demonstrate cultural competency.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of the sociological research method, including an ability to organize, analyze, and present data.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of the roles, functions, and responsibilities of healthcare professionals and patients, including alternative approaches to healthcare.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of health behavior change and the ability to practice techniques to assist others with health-seeking behavior changes.
Summary of Program Student Learning Outcomes
During the 2015-16 academic year, the program faculty formally assessed the student learning outcomes summarized in the annual program report. Additional details can be found in department assessment records.