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Journal:   MEDICAL EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT   SPRING 2016 , Volume 11 , Number 1; Page(s) 27 To 42.
 
Paper: 

EXPLORING CHALLENGES OF THE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH PHD CURRICULUM: A QUALITATIVE RESEARCH

 
 
Author(s):  KOHAN SHAHNAZ, BAHRAMI MASOUD, MOLAEINEZHAD MITRA, HAGHANI FARIBA, TALEGHANI FARIBA, TAGHIZADEH ZIBA, ABDI SHAHSHAHANI MAHSHID*
 
* SCHOOL OF NURSING & MIDWIFERY, ISFAHAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, ISFAHAN, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Introduction: Enhancing the quality and dynamicity of higher education programs requires continuous evaluation of curriculums. Reproductive health PhD program was established in 2006 in Iran while recommending that its curriculum be evaluated by assessing graduates’ performance in workplace and surveying students, faculty members and managers. This study aimed to explore challenges of the curriculum of reproductive health PhD program.
Methods: Employing a qualitative content analysis approach and using purposive and sometimes opportunistic sampling, experiences and viewpoints of 33 graduates and students of reproductive health PhD program, educational managers and reproductive health board members about the curriculum of reproductive health PhD program were collected through individual interviews and notes in 2014-15. Data were transcribed and important expressions were coded. Classification of similar codes led to preliminary categories. Five main categories were extracted by further classifications.
Results: The five main categories included inadequacy of course topics and contents, challenges of student education, failure in realizing curriculum goals, long research period, and ambiguity in graduates’ professional status were appeared, each of these included various subcategories.
Conclusion: Results showed that the curriculum of reproductive health PhD program required revisions to meet the program’s mission and designing courses such as sexual health and reinforcing the clinical nature of the program were necessary. Moreover, the results emphasized that the establishment of an independent educational department of reproductive health for managing higher education affairs and greater supervision of the reproductive health board on educational affairs was necessary. Furthermore, reproductive health specialists should be employed in different positions to meet society’s reproductive health needs.

 
Keyword(s): CURRICULUM, REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH PHD PROGRAM, QUALITATIVE CONTENT ANALYSIS
 
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