ERIC Number: EJ923179
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Creating an Innovative Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program
McFadden, Kathleen L.; Chen, Shi-Jie; Munroe, Donna J.; Naftzger, Jay R.; Selinger, Evan M.
Innovative Higher Education, v36 n3 p161-176 Jun 2011
In response to a growing movement within higher education to provide interdisciplinary educational programs, this study describes the creation of an interdisciplinary graduate certificate program in healthcare policy and management. Building on prior research, we surveyed healthcare executives to examine their perceptions about the need for such a program and the importance of core subject areas. Drawing on our findings as well as the literature on "interactional expertise" and "wicked problems," we provide a detailed method for launching an interdisciplinary program. Our process may be useful in guiding other institutions interested in setting up new interdisciplinary programs of their own.
Descriptors: Expertise, Interdisciplinary Approach, Graduate Study, Educational Certificates, Instructional Innovation, Surveys, Administrator Attitudes, Program Development, Health Services, Management Development, Policy, Curriculum Design
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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