Program Evaluation

There are several ways in which MPH students participate in evaluating our courses and their experience in the MPH program.   The SJSU Health Science and Recreation Department uses a variety of methods to regularly review and continuously improve the educational effectiveness of our undergraduate and graduate programs. These methods include:

  • Student Opinion of Teaching Effectiveness (SOTE) Surveys

These surveys are required of all faculty members as part of their personnel review; SOTE results are confidential and seen only by the instructor, the department chair, and personnel review committees.

  • Curriculum Review

A survey designed by MPH faculty and student leaders to assess the overall role of individual courses in the program's curriculum and to evaluate the effectiveness of the course after it has been offered. Faculty are provided the results of the curriculum review and invited to make course changes based on student feedback. A summary of the results and instructor response is made available to students; the full results are available for review upon request of the Program Coordinator.  

  • Course Evaluations

All faculty and students are encouraged to initiate, use, and disseminate evaluation opportunities for individual class sessions or modules.

  • Exit Surveys

All graduating students are asked to complete a survey during their final week in their program assessing the core components of the MPH experience.

  • Program Assessment

Per university policy, the department faculty engages in focused assessment of different aspects of the curriculum each year. Assessment goals are identified, a data collection method developed, data are collected and then used for continuous improvement in achieving the program's mission and outcomes. The data are discussed among the faculty, shared with student organization leaders, reported to the university, and posted on the university website: www.sjsu.edu/assessment.

  • Ad Hoc Assessments

The MPH program is informed by many other sources of insight and information, including surveys or other assessment methods (e.g. focus groups, reflection papers, feedback sessions) developed by faculty, student organizations, or classes to explore an area of interest or concern. These insights become part of the data we review when evaluating the effectiveness of our MPH curriculum.