Health Professions Teaching & Technology Courses

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HPTT 601/801 Foundations of Health Professions Education – 3 credit hours
This course presents the basic concepts and processes of curriculum and instruction, including learning theories, curriculum planning, teaching modalities, and curriculum evaluation. Topics are selected to give students a basic understanding of pedagogy. Evaluation is based on weekly discussion posts and papers.

HPTT 602/802 Instructional Design for Health Professions Education – 3 credit hours
This course focuses on the fundamentals of instructional design for developing highly effective instruction. Topics include the science of how people learn, learning situations and characteristics, task and needs analysis, development of goals and objectives, principles of design; design process; assessment strategies (formative and summative); and concepts of design for a variety of environments and instructional modalities.

HPTT 603/803 Integrating Technology into Health Professions Curriculum – 3 credit hours
This course is intended to prepare the graduate student, professional student, health educators or health professional to integrate technology into health sciences curriculum. It is designed to help health profession educators to become confident with the practical applications of technology integration when designing curriculum. This course will focus on integrating modern technologies in the traditional, online, hybrid, and flipped classrooms.

HPTT 604/804 Multimedia & Emerging Technologies for Learning in the Health Professions – 3 credit hours
This course provides participants with an introduction to the use of multimedia and emerging technology for teaching and learning in Health Professions. Participants will develop skills and apply knowledge using technology tools to enhance their profession. Participants will research, discuss and share current technology trends in health professions. They will engage with multimedia and telecommunication solutions, evaluate existing and emerging technology learning opportunities, and articulate personal principles concerning technology for teaching and learning.

HPTT 605/805 Evaluation & Assessment of Teaching and Learning in Health Professions Education – 3 credit hours
This course explores the nature, objective, and basic procedures of assessment and program evaluation as applied to the various aspects of higher education settings.  This course will examine technical characteristics of various assessment methods, including both traditional and alternative methods.  In addition, the course will analyze and discuss various topics in assessment such as authentic assessment, large-scale assessment, formative assessment, and assessment for program evaluation.  Additional topics will include accreditation, program review, benchmarking, and evaluation of teaching in health professions programs.  

HPTT 630/830 Research Analysis and Design for Health Professions Education – 3 credit hours
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to research methods method likely to be encountered during a health professions teaching and technology career.  Learners will demonstrate the steps of scientific research. This course will cover topics including formulation of a research problem, sampling and research design, dissemination of research findings, and research proposal writing. These topics will be discussed in detail and result in the learners demonstrating the application of newly acquired skills through critical review of peer-reviewed scientific articles.  Research ethics is large component of the course. Learners will complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training program as well as learn about the Institutional Review Board (IRB) processes and applications. Through an iterative process of group feedback and project refinement, each learner will develop a research/grant proposal, which can be included in an e-portfolio.

HPTT 620/820 Distance Education in Health Professions Education– 3 credit hours
Distance education for the health professions is an asynchronous, on-line course that will focus on the practical aspects of developing and facilitating distance education courses in medical education. The course will cover various aspects of online course delivery and design including the creation and facilitation of interaction, the creation of assignments and assessments for on-line learning, course etiquette, and ADA compliance. As part of the course, participants will have the opportunity to develop a distance course module grounded in distance education theory and instructional design principles.

HPTT 621/821 Fundamentals of Adult Learning in Health Professions Education – 3 credit hours
Fundamentals of Adult Learning for the Health Professions is an on-line course that will focus on adult learning in medical education. As part of this course, students will explore the evolution of adult learning theory including traditional and emerging views of the practice of adult learning, such as andragogy, self-directed learning, transformative learning, social and cognitive constructivism, and critical reflection. The goal of this course is to give the student an overview of these major theories and current research related to adult learning along with providing ideas on how to apply these concepts to practice.

HPTT 622/822 Cognitive Psychology Applied to Health Professions Education– 3 credit hours
This course will explore the construct of cognitive psychology as it relates to both personal experiences and pedagogical implications for the health care professional or educator. A foundation of cognitive psychology, relationship to neuroscience, perception, attention, working memory, long-term memory, visual imagery, language, metacognition, problem solving, reasoning, and decision-making are key elements related to cognitive psychology that will be examined throughout the course. A connection to how these foundational elements of cognitive psychology are impacted by the unique environment of the health care professional or educator will be a central theme of the course.

HPTT 623/823 Leadership and Administration in Health Professions Education– 3 credit hours
This course focuses on concepts and skills in leadership in the context of health professions education. Topics include calling, nature or nurture, visioning, team-building, power and influence, leader-follower dyads, and stewardship. Styles of leadership that are effective in health professions education are explored, such as transactional, situational, servant, transformational, and charismatic styles. Research evidence about models, theories, and measures of leadership in education are highlighted throughout the course.

HPTT 624/824 Simulated and Virtual Learning  in Health Professions Education – 3 credit hours
This upper level course provides students the tools they need to design and perform simulation in an educationally sound manner. Emphasis will be placed on practical application of teaching/learning theory in simulation environments by promoting the transfer of theory to practice. Students will examine a variety of simulation techniques, strategies and the role they play in the education of the healthcare professionals.