University Senate Proposed: February 24, 2006

Adopted:

 

 

RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH AN EXECUTIVE MS DEGREE
IN BIOMEDICAL INFORMATICS

 

WHEREAS the Education Committee of the University Senate has favorably reviewed the proposal from the College of Physicians and Surgeons to establish an Executive Master of Science degree in Biomedical Informatics, according to the general standards applicable to the review of any new program, and

 

WHEREAS the committee is satisfied that the proposal has the approval of the curriculum committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the support of the Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences and Dean of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, as well as the support of the Provost and Dean of the Faculties of the University, and

 

WHEREAS the program is designed as an Executive program with blended on-campus and distance learning components because it is intended for mid-career practicing professionals from all fields of medicine and health care who wish to enhance the current state of their personal knowledge of health care information systems and to better serve the health care organizations that employ them, and

 

WHEREAS the committee is satisfied that this proposed distance learning program meets its newly developed guidelines for distance learning programs, specifically the presence of well-structured opportunities for interaction between faculty and students and among students; the level of training of the faculty in the Department to meet the technological challenges of the electronic teaching environment; the management of the program; and round-the-clock availability of technical support for faculty and students, and

 

WHEREAS the committee is satisfied that a departmental faculty monitoring committee will be appointed during the start-up phase of the program to determine whether the program will meet its goals at a high level of quality, and

 

WHEREAS mechanisms are in place for ongoing student evaluation of the program;

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the proposed Executive Master of Science degree program in Biomedical Informatics be established with the proviso that the committee will review the program in five years and with the additional proviso that the Department will adhere to the Senate guidelines for distance learning programs.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the senate forward this resolution to the Trustees for appropriate action.

 

Proponent: Education Committee

 

 

Proposal for Executive MS in Biomedical Informatics program

 

This 36-credit-point program is intended for mid-career practicing professionals from all fields of medicine and health care who wish to enhance the current state of their personal knowledge of health care information systems and to better serve the health care organizations that employ them.

 

The proposed program has been reviewed thoroughly by the Committee on Instruction of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and has the approval of the Executive VP for Health and Biomedical Sciences. It uses existing courses that are offered in the graduate programs of the Department of Biomedical Informatics. However, because of the distance-learning format of the program, the delivery of course content is different. The program has blended on-campus and distance learning components.

 

There is adequate opportunity for interaction between faculty and students and among students during the on-campus sessions at the beginning and end of each semester, as well as in scheduled Webinars, Web-enabled discussion groups, and electronic communications with the faculty.

 

The faculty in this Department is well-prepared to meet the technological challenges of the electronic teaching environment. The faculty will be trained by the staff of CCNMTL and complete a specially designed faculty development workshop in the semester before their courses are offered on-line.

 

All technical support is offered 24/7 to both faculty and students by the CCNMTL staff on a toll-free 800 telephone number.

 

A competent program manager from the Department of Biomedical Informatics is in place to supervise the program and provide any assistance the students and faculty might need.

 

Student assessment in the form of examinations takes place during the on-campus period at the end of a semester.

 

The Department will monitor the program in its start-up phase and student evaluations will be performed on-line and anonymously in a manner that is standard for all courses in the Medical Center.

 

Summary: this is a well-designed program for a targeted audience that has expressed its interest for such a program. All guidelines that should be in place, are.

 

Submitted by a subcommittee of the Education Committee