Year of Publication

2020

College

Public Health

Degree Name

Dr. of Public Health (Dr.P.H.)

Committee Chair

Sarah Wackerbarth

Committee Member

Richard Ingram

Committee Member

Leslie Woltenberg

Abstract

Background
The ability to collaborate effectively and lead a team when the need arises has become an expectation of health professionals. Graduates of health professions programs are expected to possess skillsets that will allow them to both collaborate and lead effectively in addition to their profession-specific knowledge. Leadership Legacy, an interprofessional elective created at the University of Kentucky in 2009, was designed to address this need.

Methods
After nearly ten years of cohorts, an opportunity arose for program evaluation with a reliable method such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Framework for Program Evaluation. The novel use of this six-step, stakeholder-informed framework focused the evaluation on whether the program was achieving stated outcomes with regards to professional identity development and development of leadership skillsets.

Results
Evaluation of Leadership Legacy with the CDC Framework demonstrated that the course was graduating learners with an increased knowledge of their own role and the roles of their interprofessional health teammates and developing leadership skills within feedback agility and conflict resolution. However, a crucial opportunity emerged to better align the stated course competencies, the course activities, and the evaluation instrument.

Conclusions
The CDC Framework for Program Evaluation provided a clear, methodical process for program evaluation that appropriately involved key stakeholders. Although opportunities emerged to improve Leadership Legacy, these opportunities ultimately contribute to the health and survival of the course.

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