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Journal of Public Affairs Education

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Summer 2014


Health services administration, Health Services, Graduate Surveys


Competency-based education has become the norm for professional graduate degree programs. This paper describes the development, implementation, and ongoing validation of a competency model designed for a multifaceted public administration program. The model is based on accreditation standards and competencies promulgated by NASPAA and CAHME, and reflects a unique focus on community-engaged pedagogies. A framework consisting of 10 competencies was implemented in 2011–12 and validated through feedback from stakeholders, alumni, field preceptors, and graduates. A two-dimensional matrix of content coverage and expected levels of competency attainment delineates the articulation of competencies, curriculum, and course content, and provides a framework for program evaluation. Multiple methods for evaluating the competency-based graduate health administration program are described. Ongoing efforts to refine courses, the curriculum, and the competency model are discussed in the context of the program’s mission, multiple accreditation standards, assessment of student learning outcomes, and engagement of community stakeholders.


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