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Program ContentEDU 823: Leadership in Educational Organizations
This graduate level course characterizes best practices of leadership in educational institutions. Systems theory and organizational best practices form the framework for this course. Concepts such as accreditation, governance, strategic planning, higher education law and academic quality improvement processes will be studied in a variety of academic organizations to include higher education, professional development, continuing education and patient education.   

HCE 726: Research Methods
Evidenced-based inquiry processes will provide the student with tools for conducting a major research project. Topics include conceptualizing a research study, designs for research, methodology, data collection, analysis of data, communicating results and utilizing research findings. Application of research methods to higher education, continuing education, professional development or patient education is expected.  

HCE 821: Curriculum Design  
This graduate level course focuses on designing curriculum in diverse learning environments using evidence-based theories and concepts as well as relevant standards and criteria for evaluation. Development, implementation and evaluation of a continuing education program for staff, patient or public education also is emphasized.  

HCE 869: Dissertation Readings in Health Professional Education  
This graduate level course requires the student to do scholarly and research literature specific to a selected aspect of health professional education in a variety of settings (higher education, continuing education, professional development or patient education). Each student will conduct a thorough literature review with depth and breadth. There is the potential that the readings can be useful in defining and designing the literature review for the dissertation.  Topics will be selected in conjunction with the graduate faculty.  

HCE 832: Assessment and Evaluation Strategies for Educators  
This graduate level course focuses on best practice principles for educational and research assessment and evaluation in higher education, continuing education, professional development and patient education. Various methods for designing, conducting, and analyzing assessments and evaluations of outcomes on multiple levels including individual student, class, course, curriculum, program and educational organization will be appraised.  

HCE 838:  Methods of Data Collection 
This course prepares the graduate student to design, critique and implement a variety of self-report data collection methods.  Design interviews, questionnaires and scales such as Likert scales, Semantic Differential scales, structured and unstructured questioning, critical incidents, and others. Application of data collection design principles to higher education, continuing education, professional development or patient education is expected.  

HCE 845: Teaching and Learning Theories  
This graduate level course focuses on the theoretical underlying principles of the teaching-learning process. Various theorists in the behavioral, cognitive and humanistic categories of learning theories will be compared and contrasted. Application of principles to higher education, continuing education, professional development or patient education is expected.  

HCE 852: Doctoral Seminar  
This experiential graduate level course provides the doctoral student with the opportunity to thoroughly examine an activity related to higher education pedagogy. In conjunction with the graduate faculty advisor, the student will design and implement a specific teaching related activity that is unique and meaningful.  

HCE 855: Teaching and Learning Concepts  
This graduate level course examines the role of the educator in health professional programs through the application of teaching and learning concepts. Evidence-based teaching strategies to engage learners in inquiry and overt, active learning will be foundational in creating a stimulating learning environment to meet mutually determined outcomes for the individual learner, group, or organization. Application of principles to higher education, continuing education, professional development, or patient education is expected.   

HCE 762: Research Methods  
Evidenced-based inquiry processes will provide the student with tools for conducting a major research project. Topics include conceptualizing a research study, designs for research, methodology, data collection, analysis of data, communicating results and utilizing research findings. Application of research methods to higher education, continuing education, professional development or patient education is expected.  

HCE 864:  Quantitative Research Methods 
The graduate student will explore various quantitative research designs. Topics include experimental, (quasi-experimental and time series) and non-experimental designs (ex post facto, correlational, retrospective, prospective and path analytic). Application of quantitative research in higher education, continuing education, professional development or patient education is expected.  

HCE 866:  Qualitative Research  
The graduate student will explore various qualitative research traditions. Topics include characteristics of qualitative designs and the major traditions (ethnography, phenomenology, hermeneutics, grounded theory, ethnomethodology, case study, biography, and historical analysis). Application of the principles of qualitative research to higher education, continuing education, professional development or patient education is expected.  

HCE 959: Research Proposal 
This course prepares the student to identify the dissertation topic, establish the research question, complete the literature review and plan the methodology for the dissertation requirement related to higher education, continuing education, professional development or patient education. At the completion of the course the student will be prepared to present the proposal to the dissertation committee for approval.  

HCE 999: Dissertation  
This course requires the successful doctoral student to complete an original action research dissertation under the supervision of a dissertation committee of graduate faculty and chaired by an expert in the topic of research. Successful students will defend the dissertation orally. The research must meet all standard expectations of doctoral research and have approval of the dissertation committee prior to data collection.    

EDU 742: Research Statistics  
This graduate level course prepares the graduate student to utilize statistics within a major research project. Descriptive and inferential statistics are studied. Topics include probability theory, various distributions, data description, confidence intervals, sampling designs, quality control and hypothesis testing including z test; t test; correlation and regression; Chi-square; F test and Analysis of Variance; and nonparametric statistics.  

PHL 824: Academic Integrity 
This applied ethics course examines the implications of several influential philosophical theories for a broad range of questions bearing on research, teaching, role expectations, the allocation of health care resources, and contemporary biomedical dilemmas in organizations of higher education, continuing education, professional development or patient education. 

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