Graduates' satisfaction with and attitudes towards a master programme in dental public health

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Background: Monitoring graduates' views of their learning experiences is important to ensure programme standards and further improvement. This study evaluated graduates' satisfaction with and attitudes towards a Master programme in Dental Public Health. Methods: An online questionnaire was sent to individuals who completed successfully the Master of Science programme in Dental Public Health at King's College London Dental Institute and had a valid email address. Participants provided information on demographic characteristics, satisfaction with and attitudes towards the programme. Satisfaction and attitudes scores were compared by demographic characteristics using multiple linear regression models. Results: Satisfaction scores with the programme were high, with 92% of respondents reporting the programme had met or exceeded their expectations. Learning resources and quality of teaching and learning were the aspects of the programme graduates were most satisfied with. The main motivations for taking the programme were to progress in career path and improve employment prospects. As for attitudes, 70.7% of respondents would recommend this course to a colleague or a friend. There were no significant differences in satisfaction and attitude scores by graduates' demographic background. Conclusion: Graduates were satisfied with most aspects of the programme and reported positive attitudes towards it. This study highlights the value of using graduates' views for programme's improvement and the need for a regular monitoring of the programme.

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Kahlon, J., Delgado-Angulo, E. K., & Bernabé, E. (2015). Graduates’ satisfaction with and attitudes towards a master programme in dental public health. BMC Medical Education, 15(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-015-0345-y

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