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J Health Adm Educ. 2000 Winter;18(1):63-110; discussion 111-7.

A framework for evaluating the impact of health services management education.

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University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Health Policy Research 90095-1772, USA.


The objectives of this paper are three-fold. The first is to propose a conceptual and analytical framework for planning and evaluating health services management education programs. The framework was developed in response to the health care industry restructuring and the emerging questions and concerns regarding how to strategically redesign the educational programs for the twenty-first century. Additionally, it was used to develop a questionnaire for the 1998 National Survey of Program Directors. The second objective is to suggest variables for operationalizing the framework as the field considers initiatives such as, "Evidence-Based Health Administration Education" (AUPHA Education Outcomes Task Force 1999; Griffith 2000) and other more standardized, quantifiable approaches to assessing program quality. The third objective is to report selected results from the 1998 National Survey of Program Directors focusing on the major changes impacting the health services industry and the implications for management education and development. In the future, ACEHSA and other accrediting commissions will likely consider evidence-based evaluation criteria for assessing and improving education program quality. The framework presented in this paper can be used as a starting point for conceptualizing and developing valid and reliable measures.

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