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Lisa M. Skow
HSERV 590
Seattle Campus

Selected Topics in Health Services

By individual arrangement, the student and faculty member(s) develop a program of reading and conference appropriate to the topic selected by the student. The topic chosen is within the special competence of the faculty participating in the course, in the areas of healthcare delivery and healthcare administration. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

Class description

This is a practical, project-based course designed to help participants apply adult learning theory and the ADDIE model of instructional design to the planning, development, delivery, and evaluation of health education training workshops and courses. Participants will design a complete training workshop of their own selection and be prepared to deliver this workshop to a target audience after completing the course. The six learning modules for this course include:

MODULE 1. The ADDIE Model, Adult Learning and Training Methods

MODULE 2. Conducting a Needs Assessment

MODULE 3. Writing Learning Objectives

MODULE 4. Designing a Training Workshop Outline

MODULE 5. Developing Workshop Materials

MODULE 6. Evaluating and Implementing your Workshop

Student learning goals

Students completing this course will be able to:

-describe the ADDIE approach to instructional design;

-define key terms and concepts related to adult learning;

-conduct a training needs assessment;

-plan a health education training workshop using adult learning principles and practices;

-write learning goals and objectives for knowledge, attitude, and behavior change;

-develop a training outline and a content outline;

-develop training workshop materials;

-design activities for a training workshop;

-create a knowledge assessment and workshop evaluation to help determine the effectiveness of a workshop; and,

-plan how to implement a workshop for a target audience

General method of instruction

This course is an entirely online learning experience. There are no classroom components. Reading materials include a primary textbook, handouts, and internet links, which are all designed to assist students to complete each module assignment. Students will correspond with the instructor via phone and email. One required phone meeting will be conducted within three weeks of beginning the course.

Recommended preparation

Although no specific background is required for successful completion of this course, students should have solid writing skills and enough experience with public health-related issues to be able to select a relevant topic for their course project.

Class assignments and grading

There are six assignments required in this course. There are no examinations. These six assignments include:

Module 1: Adult Learning Theory and Methods (10%)

Module 2: Training Needs Assessment (20%)

Module 3: Learning Objectives (15%)

Module 4: Training Workshop Outline (20%)

Module 5: Development of Content Outline and Workshop Materials (20%)

Module 6: Evaluation and Plan to Implement (15%)

Each assignment is assessed based on how well the assignment requirements were met and specific evaluation criteria provided for each assignment. Grades for each assignment are assigned on a 0-4 point scale.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Lisa M. Skow
Date: 09/19/2012