Collaboration and Coordination are Ingredients in Secret Sauce for Fastest Growing Online Program at KSU
Not only is KSU’s first fully online Health Policy & Management MPH program the only program available from an Ohio university and one of only a handful nationwide, it is also one of the fastest growing online programs at the university. What’s the secret?
First, it’s having first-rate Instructional Design (ID) experts. Dr. Sasikumar Benzigar, ID director, and Jamie Rhoads, senior instructional designer, who deftly manage and provide educational technology and online learning support for the college along with experts from the Kent State Office of Continuing and Distance Education.
“We help faculty course developers create course learning outcomes and module objectives for the online BSPH and MPH programs based on a set of competencies or skill sets (program competencies), identify assessments and learning material, and align their assessments and learning material to the courses' learning outcomes,” Dr. Benzigar said. “Each course development team consists of a Subject Matter Expert (SME) (i.e. faculty course developer), an instructional designer to guide the course design process, and an educational technology staff to build the course in Blackboard. We also help create multimedia presentations and make learning material accessible to keep courses interesting and engaging for all online students.”
Next, the online MPH is practical. It provides students with real-world skills and knowledge of strategies for improving population health. Students are ready to immediately make an impact on the operations of northeast Ohio employers.
Says Dr. Benzigar, “The online MPH is ideal for working professionals who want to advance their careers in health-related fields”—it is doable while working full time.
The college is a leader in online education, having developed the university's first fully online bachelor's degree in 2012.