Health Professions Academic Certificate

Course ID
UMSAz Faculty
Rolling Basis

Program Audience: Healthcare Professionals 

Program Objectives: Upon the completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • 1. Discuss the principles of learning.
  • 2. Demonstrate ability to create a good learning environment.
  • 3. Create appropriate learning objectives that align with advancing the learner using Bloom's Taxonomy.
  • 4. Design and utilize appropriate assessment tools
  • 5. Analyze student assessment results and determine if objectives have been met.
  • 6. Monitor student progress and evaluate the effectiveness of course content.
  • 7. Interpret the results of a student assessment and modify learning strategies for improvement
Time Place Room Date Range Instructor
 Asynchronous  Online  Online  Rolling Basis  UMSAz Faculty

Certificate Program series:

Health Professions Academic Certificate

Program Description:  The program prepares students to develop courses, assess student learning, and interpret results.  Learning styles and other pedagogy will be discussed and application techniques will be addressed.  The student will understand how to prepare lectures, design syllabi, and facilitate learning within the health professions higher education environment.  Discussions regarding the faculty member’s role and the importance of scholarly activity will also be addressed.


Program Audience

This program is designed for individuals in the healthcare profession.


Program Schedule and Topics

Semester 1

Semester Topic: Clinicians in Academia

Start Date: Rolling Admissions each Semester

Course Description:  This course is a primer on academia and health professional education, role and responsibilities of a faculty member.

Semester 2

Semester Topic: Instructional Strategies

Start Date: Rolling Admissions each Semester

Course Description:  This course presents the framework of theory and practice of various strategies in developing and delivering effective instruction.  Different learning styles, types of assessments and keeping your students engaged will also be addressed.

Semester 3

Semester Topic: Course Development I

Start Date: Rolling Admissions each Semester

Course Description: This course presents topics on syllabus development that includes objective writing, development of lecture content outline and an introduction to lecture preparation.  How to develop an active learning environment will also be presented.

Semester 4

Semester Topic: Course Development II

Start Date: Rolling Admissions each Semester

Course Description:  This course outlines the theory and development of student assessments, appropriate selection of student assessment tools and advanced lecture preparation skills which include the integration of evidence-based practice.

Semester 5

Semester Topic: Grant Writing

Start Date: Rolling Admissions each Semester

Course Description: This course describes the grant seeking process, designing a letter of intent, proposal writing and executing a grant funded program.

Semester 6

Semester Topic: Capstone Project 

Start Date: Rolling Admissions each Semester

Course Description:  This course will focus on the learner developing a capstone project. The learner will integrate the content that they have covered throughout the curriculum. The course will allow the learner to analyze and apply the comprehensive information from the course to a specific academic setting while considering to the learner’s professional clinical background.

Program Delivery Type

This program is offered 100% online asynchronously.  There are no on-campus requirements thus providing flexibility to earn a Certificate in Health Promotion. 


Program Presenter

Faculty members within the university community.

Program Admissions Requirements


Official transcripts of your Healthcare Professions degree (e.g. Physical Therapy Degree B.S or higher) from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university if graduated showing at least 2.00 GPA.

Letter of Recommendation

One letter of recommendations from any member of the academic staff of graduating institution or employer, or current senior colleagues and consultants.

Recommendation Form


Reading & Writing sample

Provide a writing sample from reading and answering 3 questions from an article that is linked on the application.

* International Students Only: English Language Proficiency Test is required (university offers Berlitz exam which is taken online)

An English language proficiency test is required. The IELTS and TOEFL standard of English Language levels listed below are applicable to all postgraduate courses. The table also lists the equivalents from other test providers.

  Examination   Minimum Grade
  IELTS  Average 6.5 (with 6.0 or above in each component)
  TOEFL* (Internet-based)  87 (minimum component scores of Listening 21, Reading 22, Speaking 23, Writing 21)
  TOEFL* (Paper-based)  550
  Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)  59-75 (with 4 minimum component scores of 59)
  Berlitz (offered by UMSAz)  CEFR B2 level


Program Tuition


Tuition per Course

Total Number of Courses

Length of Program

Health Professions Academic Certificate



2 years

(6 Semesters)