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Korean Journal of Preventive Medicine 2004;37(1): 80-87.
Evaluation of Field Epidemiology Specialist Training Program Based on the Satisfaction and the Changes of Educational Needs.
No Rai Park, Ihn Sook Jeong, Jong Gu Lee, Young Taek Kim, Jin Ho Chun, Ki Soon Kim, Sang Soo Bae, Jong Myon Bae, Gyung Jae Oh, Hee Chul Ohrr, Kun Sei Lee, Byung Kook Lee, Hun Jae Lee, Hyun Sul Lim, Young Hwangbo
1School of Public Health, Inje University, Korea.
2Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, Pusan National University, Korea. jeongis@pusan.ac.kr
3National Institute of Health, Korea.
4Department of Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine, Inje University, Korea.
5Department of Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine, Chosun University, Korea.
6School of Public Health, College of Medicine, Hankim University, Korea.
7Department of Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine, Jeju National University, Korea.
8Department of Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, Wonkwang University, Korea.
9Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, College of Medicine, Yonsei University, Korea.
10Department of Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine, Konkuk University, Korea.
11Department of Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine, Sooncheonhyang University, Korea.
12Department of Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine, Dongguk University, Korea.
ABSTRACT
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the learning achievement and satisfaction levels for the Field Epidemiology Specialist Training Program (FESTP), on infectious disease control between March 19 and October 31, 2002. METHODS: The FESTP was designed as a set of 84 hours curricula including lectures, discussions, self-studies, and field practicals, and organized both centrally and locally by the Division of Communicable Disease Control of the National Institute of Health and 11 universities. Before and after the program, a questionnaire survey on the educational need (49 items) and satisfaction (15 items) was conducted on 484 trainees, who were responsible for communicable disease control and immunization at 242 regional health centers. The data were analyzed with paired t-tests for comparison of the educational needs between the pre and post scores. RESULTS: The average score for satisfaction was 3.06 out of 5.0; with relatively higher scores for sincerity (4.10) and professionalism (4.01) of the tutors, adequacy (3.54) and clearness (3.51) of the evaluation criteria, usefulness (3.54) and fitness (3.52) of the contents, but with relatively lower satisfaction for schedule (2.96) and self-studies (2.91). The average for requirement for education improved, as shown by the decrease from 2.72 to 2.22 (p< .0001) with the biggest decrease in the outbreak investigation from 2.60 to 2.08. CONCLUSION: The FESTP was evaluated as being effective, the trainees showed moderate satisfaction and decrease educational needs. However, the actual schedules and self-studies should be rearranged to improve the satisfaction level.
Key words: Satisfaction; Education; Needs
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