Learning objectives

H510 MPH Internship

Writing learning objectives

Learning objectives should

  • Describe the performance of a major cognitive skill (knowledge, comprehension, analysis, evaluation, synthesis, and application)
  • Begin with an action verb that matches the means of performance assessment
  • Describe what you will be able to do as a result of the objective
  • Describe the intended outcome or product, not the process
  • Use only one objective for each skill
  • Be measurable
  • Reference and build upon Track Competencies

Appropriate verbs to use

  • Knowledge-arrange: define, duplicate, list, label, memorize, recall, meet, review
  • Comprehension-classify: describe, explain, identify, locate, report, translate
  • Application-apply: demonstrate, illustrate, schedule, solve, use, write
  • Analysis-analyze: calculate, categorize, compare, contrast, differentiate, examine, experiment, test
  • Synthesis-arrange: collect, design, develop, compose, formulate, manage, prepare, set up, write
  • Evaluation-argue: assess, defend, estimate, judge, rate, predict, support, value, evaluate

Also see   Bloom's taxonomy of Measurable verbs


Sample learning objectives

You can either list your Track Competencies with your learning objectives underneath each one like this:

  1. Design and deliver health communication messages
    1. Develop smoking cessation messages that are salient to the target population, while utilizing relevant media outlets to deliver the message
    2. Analyze and evaluate cultural perceptions of messages through surveys and focus groups
  1. Solicit and integrate input from community and organization stakeholders
    1. Utilize approaches such as community-based participatory research to involve community members and facilitate empowerment to ensure sustainability

OR you can list learning objectives and in parentheses number the associated track competencies like this:

  1. Analyze existing data in order to assemble training manuals for field workers taking into consideration the social, political, cultural, and environmental factors that are barriers to women reintegrating into society after obstetric fistula (IHC I, II, III, IV, VI, VII)
  2. Organize and design materials for awareness and advocacy efforts of xyz organization that provide information in a culturally appropriate manner to partnering organizations and community at large to increase visibility of xyz organization (IHC I, II, III, VI, VII)