Res Dev Med Educ. 2020;9(1): 23.
doi: 10.34172/rdme.2020.023
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Original Research

Quantitative development scenario planning of health professional education in Iran: A mixed-method study

Siavash Moradi 1 ORCID logo, Ebrahim Salehi Omran 2 ORCID logo, Samad Izadi 2, Nassim Ghahrani 3* ORCID logo

1 Community Medicine Specialist, Education Development Center, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran
2 Department of Educational Science, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Mazandaran, Babolsar, Iran
3 Education Development Center, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran


Background: The world surrounding human beings perpetually undergoes transformations and
the universities are not an exception in this regard. The condition for survival amid this is to
identify and control these transformations and the science that can assist human beings in this
respect is “Futures Study” whose goal is to eliminate the ambiguity of the future, to establish the
opportunities for certain future and, increase human control over the future. This issue is much
more tangible than ever in medical universities dealing with the public health of the society
and it is required to highly focus on their quantitative development.
Methods: The present study is a mixed-method study carried out in the medical universities
of Iran in 2018-2019. First, in the qualitative approach, the components and indicators of
the health professional education’s quantitative development have been identified by the
classical Delphi method according to targeted sampling from ten experts with content analysis
that was identified and coded. In the quantitative approach, having analyzed the indicators
using Scenario Wizard software, several scenarios have been designed for the quantitative
development of education.
Results: The study findings suggest that at least 6 components and 32 indicators can be
introduced in the quantitative development of medical science education, on which some
robust scenarios can be considered for futures including the optimistic, intermediary, and
pessimistic ones.
Conclusion: This study directs the researchers toward the quantitative development components
and the indicators of medical science education in Iran and how they can be exploited to
realize promising futures.
Keywords: Education, Public health professional, Quantitative, Development, Futures Study, Scenario
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Submitted: 05 Oct 2020
Revision: 08 Dec 2020
Accepted: 19 Dec 2020
ePublished: 31 Dec 2020
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