Using Concept Mapping in the Development of a School of Public Health

Laura J. Hsu, Misty Y. Pacheco, Christopher Crabtree, Jay E. Maddock

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Schools of Public Health have a wide variety of essential stakeholders. Broad input in program planning should assist in ensuring well-developed plans and strong community buy-in. The planning of a school can better address the needs of multiple stakeholders from systematic broad-based input from these constituents using concept mapping. In this study, we used concept mapping to prioritize a set of recommendations from diverse stakeholders to assist in the process of planning a school. A set of statements was generated on essential elements for the proposed school from a broad group of stakeholders. The statements were then distilled into unique themes, which were then rated on importance and feasibility. Cluster maps and pattern matches were used to analyze the ratings. Unique themes (N = 147) were identified and grouped into 12 clusters. Cluster themes included leadership, faculty, culture, school, and curriculum. Pattern matches revealed a significant, modest correlation between importance and feasibility (r = 0.27). A broad range of perspectives was used to identify relevant areas to address in the development of a school.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)224-229
Number of pages6
JournalHawai'i journal of medicine & public health : a journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015


  • academic program planning
  • concept mapping
  • public health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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