This interdisciplinary certificate prepares students for college-level and clinical education in the health professions. Coursework supports student understanding of and competencies with communication, research methods, teaching, curriculum development and assessment, and leadership in current academic or health care settings. With satisfactory completion students meet course requirements for knowledge and skills focused on the theory, research, and practice of education as it applies to the health professions. Students can complete the program through online course work and additionally can participate in on-campus offerings as desired. This certificate is open to any NIU graduate student or graduate student-at-large in good academic standing in the university. A student wishing to pursue this certificate should consult with their program advisor or SIHP program faculty.
The objectives of the certificate in Health Professions Education will be to support student abilities to:
Demonstrate the interdisciplinary communication skills necessary to function effectively in today’s clinical and academic environments,
Apply in-depth knowledge of content areas to quality measurement of health professions education,
Become efficient in discerning, implementing, and evaluating new developments and advances in health professions education,
Develop strategies for a diverse, culturally-aware workforce or learning environment.