172668 Developing a Master's Degree Program in Health Promotion

Monday, October 27, 2008: 4:45 PM

Christena V. Nicholson, DC , Department of Academic Services, Cleveland Chiropractic College, Overland Park, KS
Marion Willard Evans, DC, PhD, CHES , Cleveland Chiropractic College, Overland Park, KS
Cheryl Hawk, DC, PhD, CHES , Department of Research, Cleveland Chiropractic College, Overland Park, KS
In response to current healthcare trends and public health needs, the Council on Chiropractic Education added “wellness” as the fifteenth clinical competency in the accreditation standards for the doctor of chiropractic program effective on February 1, 2007. However, at this time, health promotion and prevention, which form the basis for the delivery of clinical services related to patient “wellness,” are not systematically integrated into chiropractic programs. In order to address this topic in chiropractic training and to meet the increasing public interest in health promotion/wellness, our college has developed a thirty-six (36) credit hour Masters of Science in Health Promotion degree program.

The steps for developing this program were 1) a needs assessment, 2) hiring of an appropriately credentialed director to develop and supervise the program, 3) development of the actual curriculum, course syllabi and course materials, 4) identification of the potential student base, 5) preparation for regional accreditation, 6) development and approval of a program budget, and 7) investigation of the most compatible delivery system for such a degree program in today's educational environment. This program appears to be congruent with trends for direct entry students as well as educators and health professionals who desire additional training in health promotion. The presentation will detail the process that the New Programs Team utilized to develop this program, which is anticipated to enroll its first students in September 2008.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will understand strategies on how to develop a curriculum for a masters degree in health promotion. Participants will gain insight into preparing for programmatic north central regional accreditation. Participants will be able to identify credentialing processes and competencies for the students enrolled in this program. Participants will understand how to prepare a budget proposal for a new program. Participants will be able to develop effective marketing for educational programs in health promotion.

Keywords: Accreditation, Health Promotion

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the director for this program at the college and have the highest academic degree available for this discipline.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.