New MSU master’s program prepares health educators

May 14, 2010

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University is launching a new online master’s degree program to prepare health care professionals for critical roles as academic leaders and faculty in their fields.

The Education for the Health Professions program will be offered jointly by MSU’s top-ranked colleges of Education and Osteopathic Medicine with courses set to begin this fall.

“Nationwide, colleges of medicine, nursing and other health care professions are increasing their enrollments to meet projected shortages of health care providers in the near future,” said Donald Sefcik, senior associate dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine. “These increases require that we also expand the supply of highly qualified educators and administrators.”

The new online program is designed for health care educators and practitioners who want to improve their understanding of teaching, learning and student assessment, and also organizational leadership issues needed to hold administrative positions.

Coursework will cover curriculum design, teaching and learning styles, evaluation and testing, public health policy and law, budget and finance.

The 30-credit program is designed to be as convenient as it will be challenging. Courses will be delivered totally online by experts in the fields of medicine, law, business and education.

“College of Education faculty members have a long record of success tailoring their expertise on teaching, learning and assessment to continuing professional education,” said Michael W. Sedlak, associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Education.

“This program is a great opportunity for two nationally prominent professional schools to bring their strengths to bear on the education and development of tomorrow’s health care professionals.”