Courses and Course Descriptions

Required Courses

Research Component:

Coursework – 18 QH

  • Introduction to Doctoral Study (3 QH)

  • Critical Inquiry 1 – Research (3 QH)

  • Critical Inquiry 2 – Statistics ( QH)

  • Measurement Principles (3 QH)

  • Ethics in Research (3 QH)

  • Proposal Development (3 QH)

Research Component

  • DSC – Clinical Research (Min 9 QH)

  • PhD – Dissertation Research (Min 12 QH)

Interprofessional Component:

Coursework – 15 QH

  • Introduction to Interprofessional Studies (3 QH)

  • Leadership in the Healthcare Environment (3 QH)

  • Evidence-Based Practice (3 QH)

  • Principles of Education (3 QH)

  • Interprofessional Seminar (3 QH)

Fieldwork – 18 QH

  • Practicum in Interprofessional Education (6 QH)

  • Interprofessional Service Learning Practicum (6 QH)

  • Interprofessional Healthcare Practicum (6 QH)

Electives:

Coursework – 3 – 12 QH

  • Specialty Healthcare Practice

  • Healthcare Management Courses

  • Nutrition Courses

Total Requirements 60 Quarter Hours


Course Descriptions

Introduction to Doctoral Study (3 qh)

This course introduces the new graduate student to the importance of critical thinking and the strategies for independent inquiry necessary for doctoral level study. Career patterns and pathways are investigated with emphasis on goal setting.
Prerequisite: Admission to the doctoral program



Critical Inquiry 1 – Research (3 qh)

Students are introduced to the elements of thought and the logic of critical thinking. Measurement theory and principles are studied. The role of the research in professional practice is examined. Principles and application of scientific inquiry are emphasized.
Prerequisite: Admission to the doctoral program

Critical Inquiry 2 – Statistics (3 qh)

This course covers descriptive and inferential statistical procedures with examples of use in the biomedical and clinical sciences.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Critical Inquiry 1



Measurement Principles (3 qh)

This course is designed to assist students to understand the principles of measurement theory. An opportunity is provided to explore the reliability and validity of measurement instruments of the student’s choice.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Critical Inquiry 1 and 2.



Ethics in Research (3 qh)

This course provides an overview of bioethics and discusses a broad range of potential situations in which a researcher may become involved. Familiarization with the ethical decision making process and developing an appreciation for the ethical challenges of research is included.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Critical Inquiry 1 and 2.



Proposal Development (3 qh)

Students are guided through the steps necessary for the development of their dissertation proposals.  Each student identifies a research problem, develops a research design and suggests methodology for data collection and analysis.  Overall, the course lays the groundwork for the completion of the research work and dissertation.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of previous research courses.



Research Component:

Clinical Research (Min 9 qh)

An individualized clinical research project which involves the identification of an interprofessional clinical problem, review of the literature, data collection and analysis followed by the preparation of a publishable paper.   Oral defense is required.  
Prerequisites:   Successful completion of all previous coursework  



Dissertation Research (Min 12 qh)

An individualized theoretical research project addressing the integration of two professions performed in a laboratory setting. The student will identify an interprofessional problem, review literature, collect and analyze data and prepare a publishable paper. Oral defense is required.

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of all previous coursework. 

 

Interprofessional Component

Coursework – 15 qh

Introduction to Interprofessional Studies (3 qh)

This course sets the stage for interprofessional study by covering the education, training licensure, roles and functions and history of a variety of health professions. It emphasizes the overlapping nature of the disciplines and stresses collaborative communication and action.

Prerequisites:  Admission to the program



Leadership Skills (3 qh)

Provides the healthcare practitioner with theory and skills in the area of leadership management, communication, motivation, interviewing and legal guidelines.

Prerequisites Admission to the program



Evidence-Based Practice (3 qh)

An introduction to the utilization of best evidence in the practice of healthcare in multiple disciplines.  What is considered evidence by different professions is covered.  The course begins with the development of interprofessional questions and moves to successful search strategies, ending with the application of the evidence to improving quality of care.

Prerequisites Admission to the program.   



Principles of Education (3 qh)

A course designed to aid with the planning, implementing and evaluation of interprofessional academic courses.  Methods and models for design and evaluation are included. 

Prerequisites:   Admission to the program



Interprofessional Seminar (var)

This course is a discussion centered learning experience in which special topics in the area of Interprofessional Studies are considered.  Literature is identified and discussed with a recognized expert in the area.  The topic will vary by quarter and be a required sequence in the later years of the program.  

Prerequisites:   Successful completion of all coursework. 

 

Interprofessional Component

Practicum – 18 qh

Practicum in Interprofessional Education (6 qh)

An individualized learning experience in which a student participates in a class with an interprofessional student body. The student develops objectives for the experience, a learning plan and a measurement tool for outcomes.

Prerequisite:   Successful completion of all previous interprofessional coursework



Interprofessional Service Learning Practicum (6 qh)

An individualized learning experience in which a student participates in an interprofessional service learning activity. The student develops objectives for the experience, a learning plan and a measurement tool for outcomes.  

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of all previous interprofessional coursework



Interprofessional Healthcare Practicum (6 qh)

An interprofessional learning experience in which a student plans and observes an interprofessional interaction.  The student develops objectives for the experience, a learning plan and a measurement tool for outcomes. 

Prerequisite:   Successful completion of all previous interprofessional coursework

 

Electives

Financial Management in Healthcare (3 qh)

This course is intended to prepare the student to interact effectively with financial management staff and participate in various aspects of financial control and planning. The curriculum provides an historical look at financial management in healthcare organizations. Financial statements, the interpretation and analysis of financial reports, and topics such as financial planning and capital management will also be addressed. Consideration will be given to the financial future of healthcare organizations.

Prerequisites Admission to the program



Strategic Planning in Healthcare (3 qh)

This course focuses on the development and implementation of strategic alliances in the healthcare industry.  The curriculum examines various models of integration and collaboration and includes tools for creating and managing such partnerships.  Organizational and environmental issues associated with integration efforts will be discussed, and the future of healthcare organizations will also be considered.

Prerequisites Admission to the program



Healthcare Legislation (3 qh)

The course provides an overview of the federal and state legislative and regulatory mechanisms governing healthcare. It will help the student to understand the emerging healthcare environment. Policy issues investigated include: “consumer bill of rights” as a template for future regulation of the managed care industry, financing of healthcare through Medicare and Medicaid, the role of advocacy and constituency groups to share public policy debate on healthcare issues, and the role of government in regulating health professionals.

Prerequisites Admission to the program



Professional Communication (3 qh)

This course provides students with the skills and techniques to improve the effectiveness of professional presentations in different health pro fe ssional settings with an emphasis on different methods to organize a speech, speaking techniques, and development of effective computer-based and poster board presentations.

Prerequisites: Admission to the program



Creative Thinking and Problem Solving (3 qh)

Allows students to examine problem-solving techniques and practice methods for expanding imaginative, creative, and critical thinking processes.

Prerequisites Admission to the program



Critical Skills in Cyberspace (3 qh)

Introduces the student to Internet browsing software.  Skills emphasized include: “surfing” the Internet; evaluating World Wide Websites; basic website design and development; locating information on the web; and completing online literature searches.

Prerequisites Admission to the program



Course descriptions are subject to change without prior notice.

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