The program uses a model of succinct onsite sessions combined with distance-based technology-supported learning in order to enable students to participate in quality learning while still maintaining a work-life balance.
At the beginning of each semester, participants are required to attend an on-campus seminar that is three days in length. The distance education portion of the Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Leadership program consists of courses that are provided via web-based tools —streaming media, video conference, interactive presentations, and other synchronous and asynchronous learning modules. Each is used in varying degrees for different courses.
Course reading is supported and supplemented by moderated discussion boards, reflective essays, case analyses, and peer teaching sessions. Levels of learning are evaluated with tests and quizzes, course projects, oral presentations, and writing assignments.
For students pursuing the master’s degree option, the program also includes a targeted leadership coaching component intended to enhance a specific skill set or emotional intelligence competency, as determined by the student and executive leadership coach.
Students move through the program as an integrated team. This cohort structure creates an exceptional peer learning experience offering project collaboration and team problem solving. Class sizes are deliberately small in order to encourage optimum peer-to-peer learning, idea networking and rich interaction. Learning and working within a cohort mirrors the workplace experience of problem solving and decision-making with individuals from different fields. Students often find that the cohort structure provides the opportunity to build strong bonds with classmates that continue throughout their professional lives.