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Medical Humanities (Undergrad Certificate)

Student Outcomes

Assessment of Student Outcomes

Outcome A MHHC Collaboration (undergraduate)

Work together and share the workload equitably to progress toward shared objectives learned through structured activities that occur over a significant period of time.

The General Education objectives associated with this Outcome are listed below. You can use these objectives as is or modify them in the next step in GVAssess.

Students will:
• Use knowledge of group dynamics to select appropriate roles.
• Use knowledge of group management to create effective plans.
• Successfully follow the group's plan.
• Assess contributions of self and others to the group dynamics.
Objective 8 Students completing the Certificate in Medical Humanities develop the ability to collaborate effectively toward shared objectives.

Measure 1

2018 Status
Achieved
Collaboration The assessment process found that improved contract writing led to improved collaboration from the point of view of the faculty and the students. Between the S/S 2018 and Fall 2018, a model contract was introduced and this model provided clearer guidance concerning the expectations for the contract

Outcome E - MHHC Integration (undergraduate)

Synthesize and apply knowledge, experiences, and multiple perspectives to new, complex situations.

The General Education objectives associated with this Outcome are listed below. You can use these objectives as is or modify them in the next step in GVAssess.

Students will:
• Connect academic theories with personal experiences to illuminate both.
• Draw conclusions connecting examples, facts, and/or theories from more than one field of study.
• Generalize skills, abilities, theories, or methodologies for solving problems in new contexts.
Objective 9 Students completing the Certificate in Medical Humanities develop the ability to synthesize knowledge, experiences and multiple perspectives and apply that knowledge to new and complex situations.

Outcome G MHHC Problem Solving (undergraduate)

Design and evaluate strategies to answer open-ended questions.

The General Education objectives associated with this Outcome are listed below. You can use these objectives as is or modify them in the next step in GVAssess.

Students will:
• Construct clear and insightful problem statements that prioritize relevant contextual factors.
• Identify multiple approaches for solving the problem within the given context.
• Design and fully explain solutions that demonstrate comprehension of the problem.
• Evaluate the feasibility of solutions considering the context and impact of potential solutions (e.g., historical, ethical, legal, practical).
Objective 10 Students completing the Certificate in Medical Humanities develop the ability to design and evaluate strategies to answer open-ended questions.

Outcome H - MHHC MHHC - Interdisciplinary Knowledge

Students completing the Certificate possess a body of interdisciplinary knowledge with breadth of time and place, and depth of detail that allows them to identify and discuss major trends in the history of medicine and health.
Objective 11 Students develop a body of interdisciplinary knowledge with breadth of time and place, and depth of detail that allows them to identify and discuss major trends in the history of medicine and health.

Measure 1

2018 Status
Achieved
We have made significant gains in fostering students’ ability to craft an historical thesis. We have done this by introducing Writing Tutor peer-led class sessions, online introduced grammar quizzes, and introduced faculty-developed online tutorials on crafting a thesis. In addition, the time devoted discussion of best practices in the classroom has been expanded. In S/S 2018, 83.81% of students were above the benchmark of proficiency in thesis writing; for the Fall of 2018, that figure was 87.66%. By comparison, the figure for 2016 was 68.42% at proficient or highly proficient.

Measure 2

2018 Status
Achieved
We have made significant gains in fostering students’ ability to develop the historical context in their writing. In the S/S of 2018, 80.96% achieved the benchmark of proficient by the end of the term and in the Fall of 2018, 95.84% achieved the benchmark level of proficient. In 2016, c73% were above the benchmark of proficient. Consistent attention to chronology and the addition of timelines to PowerPoint slides has led to some improvement on this measure now defined as “historical context” more broadly. We have made significant gains in fostering students’ ability to craft an historical thesis. We have done this by introducing Writing Tutor peer-led class sessions, online introduced grammar quizzes, and introduced faculty-developed online tutorials on crafting a thesis. In addition, the time devoted discussion of best practices in the classroom has been expanded. In S/S 2018, 83.81% of students were above the benchmark of proficiency in thesis writing; for the Fall of 2018, that figure was 87.66%. By comparison, the figure for 2016 was 68.42% at proficient or highly proficient.

Outcome I - MHHC MHHC - Inquiry

Students completing the Certificate generate significant, open-ended questions about the medicine and health of the past and devise strategies to answer them.
Objective 12 Students working on the Certificate in Medical Humanities develop the ability to generate significant, open-ended questions about the medicine and health of the past and devise strategies to answer them.

Outcome J - MHHC MHHC - Writing

Students completing the Certificate craft scholarly writing using the conventions of the discipline.
Objective 13 Students completing the Certificate in Medical and Health Humanities develop the ability to craft scholarly writing using the conventions of the discipline.

Measure 1

2018 Status
Achieved
Writing Proficiency: Tables 1-3 reveal that most GVSU students in HST 370 have achieved basic writing proficiency according to our standard. Students in HST 370: History of Medicine and Health, the anchor course for the Certificate, achieved proficiency at one of the highest levels of all courses surveyed (92.31% proficient, n=72 proficient of 78 students enrolled in the course). HST 370 is a rigorous SWS course where students receive consistent writing instruction over the course of the semester.

Outcome K - MHHC MHHC - PreProfessional Exams

Students completing the Certificate are prepared for all sections of their pre-professional examinations including the MCAT, DCAT and PCAT.
Objective 14 Students completing the Certificate in Medical and Health Humanities become prepared for all sections of their pre-professional examinations including the MCAT, DCAT, and PCAT.