Evaluation of an extended degree program in public health for working professionals.
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Evaluation of an extended degree program in public health for working professionals.

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      The faculty of the School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley, developed an extended degree program in health services administration for persons who could not attend the university full time. Course formats were redesigned so the courses could be taught off campus in Sacramento and in the San Francisco Bay Area. The extended degree program was designed to be the equivalent of the in-residence program in all respects: the minimum number of units required for the degree was the same and regular faculty taught in both programs. The course of study for the two programs was similar; a major difference, however, was that many more electives were available to on-campus students. Two cohorts of extended degree students were admitted (34 and 37), and 61 completed the program. This article evaluates the success of that program. Evaluation began in 1980, 4 years after the first cohort, and 2 years after the second cohort were graduated--sufficient time for the graduates and faculty to reflect on their experiences. By the measures used--entering grade point average, graduating grade point average, and scores on a common comprehensive examination--the two groups were comparable. Faculty and students alike evaluated the program favorably. All but one graduate stated that they would recommend this program to others if it were available.
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