In the College of Osteopathic Medicine, the efforts of the OMM teaching fellows are focused in the areas of educational research, academics and teaching. Recognizing that these duties are aligned with the goals and learning outcomes of the MSHS degree program, an OMM track has been developed to provide specialization for entry level academic faculty. Basic competencies of the MSHS OMM track include:
- Statistical analysis and research methodologies. Students engage in the application of statistics for the purpose of interpreting statistics and scholarly literature. The information extrapolated is intended to prepare the learner to assess and utilize scientific literature accurately and appropriately. Research methodologies are employed with an emphasis on conducting educational research and the utilization of evidence in instructional design.
- Curriculum design, implementation and evaluation. Students demonstrate teaching and learning theories and apply them to the development of educational interventions in the OMM curriculum. Test construction, student learning evaluation, applied teaching strategies for cultural competence and the use of educational modalities and instructional technology are some of the major components of this aspect of the curriculum.
- Academic roles and responsibilities for entry-level faculty. In preparation for success in academic careers, students will identify the components of faculty work and perform a variety of faculty roles within the OMM track. These include but are not limited to: (a) Educational research, (b) teaching and service learning, (c) construct a teaching portfolio designed for tenure and promotion, (d) develop a curriculum vitae, (e) discern and conduct original research and, (f) maintain an evidence-based journal club. The DHSE places a strong emphasis on scholarly writing for the purpose of manuscript preparation and publication.
First semester courses in the OMM track include: HSCI 5130 Foundations in the US HC System
HSCI 5100 Learning Theories and Student Behaviors (online)
HSCI 516 Applied Statistics
HSCI 5020 Grant Writing
HSCI 5102 Principles of Instructional Design
HSCI 5014 Community Health Education
HSCI 5204 Educational Leadership