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J Educ Eval Health Prof > Epub ahead of print
J Educ Eval Health Prof. 2017; 14: 16.
Published online July 26, 2017.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3352/jeehp.2017.14.16
[Epub ahead of print]
Evaluation of an occupational health educational program based on alumni perceptions in Iran: Structural equation model
Semira Mehralizadeh1  , Alireza Dehdashti2  , Masoud Motalebi Kashani3 
1Faculty of Medicine, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, Iran
2Social Determinants of Health Research Centre, Department of Occupational Health, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, Iran
3Department of Occupational Health, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, Iran
Correspondence  Masoud Motalebi Kashani ,Email: dehdashti@semums.ac.ir
Editor:  Sun Huh, Hallym University, Korea
Submitted: June 11, 2017  Accepted after revision: July 26, 2017
Abstract
Purpose:
Evaluating educational program can improve the quality of education that learners receive. The present study evaluated undergraduate occupational health educational program at Medical sciences university of Semnan, Iran, focused on the associations between alumni perceptions of learning environment and outcomes in occupational health program.
Method:
a cross-sectional questionnaire survey was carried out among alumni of occupational health enrolled in an undergraduate program. We asked alumni to rate their perceptions of the items based on a Likert four-point scale. The associations between alumni perceptions of educational program and curriculum, faculty, institutional resources and learning outcomes were modeled and described using structural equation modeling procedures.
Results:
Descriptive perception indicated low evaluations for administration systems, practical and research based courses and the number of faculty members.
Results
indicated a structural model of the evaluation variables of curriculum, faculty qualification, and institutional resources significantly predict undergraduate educational program outcomes. Curriculum had direct and indirect effects on learning outcomes mediated by faculty.
Conclusion:
study findings highlight the usefulness of structural equation modeling approach with which to examine linking between variables of learning process and learning outcomes. Surveys among alumni permit to provide data to reassess the learning environment in the light of professional competencies needed for occupational health graduates.
Keywords: educational evaluation, occupational health
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