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UTSA to offer three new online graduate education certificate programs this fall

UTSA to offer three new online graduate education certificate programs this fall

New programs begin fall 2017.

(Feb. 27, 2017) -- Working professionals interested in increasing their skills in community and behavioral health will soon be able to complete three new graduate certificates in health, applied health research and community nutrition through the UTSA Department of Kinesiology, Health and Nutrition beginning in fall of 2017.

“These certificates are great because we are attracting more students who may not be able to come to the traditional graduate classes,” said Erica Sosa, associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health and Nutrition. “The certificates serve the purpose of making it more convenient for the students while also allowing us to provide health-focused and tailored courses for them.”

The certificates, which will be available completely online, were designed by top health researchers in the department and are geared toward practicing professionals that are interested in furthering their education.

“We are trying to better serve health-focused individuals that are already working in their fields of interest,” said Sosa. “We hope that the certificates provide focused course work to complement where the students are at in their professional careers. The certificates will prepare students that have completed their undergraduate education but would benefit from additional coursework to make them more competitive to enter their field of interest.”

Each certificate requires four courses that can be completed in as little as two semesters. The UTSA Office of Online Learning helped to develop the structure of each course.

“Faculty brought their expertise in the field, and curriculum design and our team helped them immerse in best practices for the online teaching environment to encourage greater student engagement,” said Marcela Ramirez, director of the Office of Online Learning. “By working together, we identified potential issues in course development and collaborated on solutions that promote teaching excellence.

Currently, the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition offers a master’s degree in Health and Kinesiology. These certificates, Sosa said, will hopefully inspire the students to continue their education and pursue their master’s degree as well.

“I think these certificates are good for the college and will attract strong, research-focused graduate students,” said Sosa. “Our hope is that the students will start here and maybe pursue a degree in the future.”

- Jo Ann Jones


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