Health Professions Teaching & Technology, Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Teaching and Technology

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Fully Online
  • 12
  • $597.00
  • $597.00

Program Overview

The innovative, interprofessional online Health Professions Teaching & Technology, graduate certificate is designed to prepare today's leading health professions educators. Students are prepared to become the next generation of health educators in the areas of allied health, dentistry, emergency preparedness, medicine, nursing and other health professions.

Students of the Health Professions Teaching & Technology, graduate certificate program chose this program because:

  • Tailored approach to the learner's unique needs through elective coursework and portfolio creation
  • Curriculum designed and delivered by interdisciplinary health professions faculty
  • Focus on innovative education technology throughout courses
  • Content relevance to the student's role as an educator

Courses explore learning theory, best practices in teaching, the design and application of educational research, and investigation of the uses of instructional technology in health professions education.

Note: This unique online option allows students to take one course or complete the entire graduate certificate option. Students may utilize the coursework obtained through the Health Professions Teaching & Technology graduate certificate program and apply it to the Health Professions Teaching & Technology, MHPTT program. 

Learning outcomes include:

  • A solid foundation in health science education, teaching skills and the science of teaching
  • The ability to assess and integrate new and emerging technology into their teaching
  • Interprofessional instruction and innovative teaching methods in both academic and non-academic settings
  • A tool-kit for effective integration of technology for maximization of learning
  • The ability to create interprofessional collaboration and networking with faculty and the student community

Career Outlook: According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics (2014), the need for qualified health education specialists is on the rise, with a 21% growth in employment anticipated over the next ten years. 

Career fields may include:

  • Health Professions Educator
  • Community health organizations
  • Schools, hospitals and other healthcare facilities
  • Health insurance companies
  • Private business
  • Government and public health departments
  • Colleges and universities
  • Nurse, Health, Clinical Nurse Educators
  • Health Education Specialist
  • Development Assistant
  • Continuing Education Specialist
  • Pre-Health Advisor
  • Clinical Professor
  • Health Promotion Specialist

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. 3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. A written personal statement

    One page personal statement discussing any of the following: applicant's educational philosophy, areas of educational interests or focus, prior educational experience (curriculum development, instruction, assessment, etc.), how the program fits into applicants career goals/objectives.

  4. 3 letters of recommendation

    From academic or professional references

  5. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  6. Current resume or curriculum vitae

  7. Self-assessment of computer, quantitative analysis and personal skills and general preparation for succeeding in an online program

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Students will apply through the UNMC CAS applicant portal - for more details on the application process, visit the UNMC website
  • Pay the $60 application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

Students seeking the certificate choose four of the five core courses.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
HPTT 602/802Instructional Design for Health Professions Education3
This course focuses on the fundamentals of instructional design for developing highly effective instruction. Topics include the science of how people learn, learning situations and characteristics, task and needs analysis, development of goals and objectives, principles of design; design process; assessment strategies (formative and summative); and concepts of design for a variety of environments and instructional modalities.
HPTT 603/803Integrating Technology into Health Professions Curriculum3
This course is intended to prepare the graduate student, professional student, health educators or health professional to integrate technology into health sciences curriculum. It is designed to help health profession educators to become confident with the practical applications of technology integration when designing curriculum. This course will focus on integrating modern technologies in the traditional, online, hybrid, and flipped classrooms.
HPTT 601/801Foundations of Health Professions3
This course presents the basic concepts and processes of curriculum and instruction, including learning theories, curriculum planning, teaching modalities, and curriculum evaluation. Topics are selected to give students a basic understanding of pedagogy. Evaluation is based on weekly discussion posts and papers.
HPTT 604/804Multi-Media & Emerging Technologies for Learning in the Health Professions3
This course provides participants with an introduction to the use of multimedia and emerging technology for teaching and learning in Health Professions. Participants will develop skills and apply knowledge using technology tools to enhance their profession. Participants will research, discuss and share current technology trends in health professions. They will engage with multimedia and telecommunication solutions, evaluate existing and emerging technology learning opportunities, and articulate personal principles concerning technology for teaching and learning.
HPTT 605/805Evaluation & Assessment of Teaching & Learning in Health Professions Education3
This course explores the nature, objective, and basic procedures of assessment and program evaluation as applied to the various aspects of higher education settings. This course will examine technical characteristics of various assessment methods, including both traditional and alternative methods. In addition, the course will analyze and discuss various topics in assessment such as authentic assessment, large-scale assessment, formative assessment, and assessment for program evaluation. Additional topics will include accreditation, program review, benchmarking, and evaluation of teaching in health professions programs.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Note: In addition to the per credit hour fees outlined above, the College of Allied Health Professions charges a $100 Technology Fee and $50 Registration Fee each semester a student is enrolled.

Analisa McMillan, M.S.Ed.
Director of Distance Learning

As an experienced instructional designer, Analisa McMillan serves as the Director of Distance Learning for the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Her professional interests include distance education, instructional design, online student engagement, flipped classrooms and instructional technology.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJul 02
  • Spring SemesterNov 16
  • Summer SessiosnApr 01