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Table 2 Results of the factor analysis of 702 Master of Public Health students

From: Factors that influence full-time MPH Students’ willingness in China: would You apply again for an MPH graduate degree if you had another opportunity?

Factors Common factors Communality variance
1 2 3 4
Admissions 0.432     0.400
Course goals 0.784     0.762
Rationality of course schedule 0.768     0.706
Advancement of course contents 0.778     0.750
Professionalism of course contents 0.825     0.776
Comprehensiveness of course contents 0.772     0.698
Diversity of teaching methods 0.779     0.700
Rationality of course evaluation system 0.689     0.621
Course can meet student needs 0.798     0.781
Connection between course and practical training 0.796     0.754
Connection between course and research activities 0.674     0.633
Graduation thesis with practice 0.589 0.544    0.713
Goals can be effectively reached through research activities 0.549 0.576    0.729
Research activities can help with regard to the students’ jobs in the future 0.509 0.559    0.638
Evaluation of graduation thesis 0.524 0.541    0.648
In-campus mentors’ guidance   0.792    0.731
Occupational-orientation   0.807    0.780
Interaction between mentors and students   0.816    0.805
Off-campus mentors’ guidance   0.810    0.758
Joint guidance of on- and off-campus mentors on students’ graduation theses   0.756    0.725
Practical training goals    0.794   0.743
Conditions of practical bases    0.809   0.737
Internship subsidy    0.627   0.469
Selected practical bases    0.785   0.668
Goals can be reached through practical training    0.831   0.777
Practice can meet student needs    0.818   0.749
Practice can help with graduation thesis    0.786   0.695
Goals can guide lecture courses 0.480    0.646 0.751
Goals can guide practical training 0.535    0.554 0.712
Goals can guide research activities     0.687 0.722
Eigenvalue 8.49 5.39 5.26 1.99  
Contribution variance (%) 28.30 17.97 17.52 6.65