Logan Graduates First DHPE Class

May 20, 2019 -- Congrats to Angela Belnap, DHPE, MS, CMA (AAMA) of Utah and Karen Manitsas, DHPE, MS, of California, the first graduates of Logan’s Doctorate of Health Professions Education (DHPE) program.

Both attended the commencement ceremony at Logan on April 27 and offered their thoughts on completing the program:

“I continue to be amazed by not only the high quality of faculty and courses, but also by the engagement created within an online program. Having completed much of my Bachelor’s and all of my Master’s degree online I came into this thinking I had a good idea of what would be expected of me and what I could expect.  I was very surprised by the amount of collaboration within the courses and the outreach of Logan University to online students. I feel more a part of the Logan community than I do other institutions for which I am an alumni, even though I have only set foot on campus for graduation.” – Dr. Belnap

“Completing the DHPE program still feels surreal to me. The journey has been amazing. I have learned so much not only from the required assignments, but also from the other students enrolled in the program. The inter-professional peer environment was beneficial to my learning. It is my hope the DHPE program will expand and grow to include several different health professions.” - Dr. Manitsas

Please join us in congratulating Drs. Belnap and Manitsas!   


Nurses Further Education Through DHPE Program

January 15, 2019 -- For nearly three years, Logan’s online Doctorate of Health Professions Education (DHPE) program has attracted professionals from various fields in health care, from allopathic physicians and chiropractors to physician assistants, paramedics and registered dietitian nutritionists.

As health professions education continues to be recognized as a key part of quality health care, the demand grows for health care educators. Today, Logan’s online DHPE program has nearly 50 students enrolled—eight of whom are registered nurses employed at Central Methodist University (CMU) in Fayette, Missouri.

Nurses tend to be discipline-specific, said Cheryl A. Houston, PhD, CHES, CFCS, RD, LD, FAND, program director of the DHPE and general education at Logan. “Typically, if a nurse wants to further their education, they will pursue a master’s or doctorate in nursing or education or become a nurse practitioner,” she said. “This group of nurses are real mavericks, getting their Doctorate in Health Professions Education, which is so unique for their career.”

She said the fact that these nurses are taking the time and effort to expand their skills in education, not just nursing education, will broaden their perspective and their scope of practice.

Stephanie Brink, RN, MSN

Stephanie Brink serves as the assistant dean of online programs and the director of the RN-to-BSN program at CMU, where she also earned her nursing degree. After spending a few years working as a nurse in various areas of a hospital, Stephanie completed her Master of Science in Nursing Education and came into her current role.  

In early 2018, Stephanie again got the itch to further her education and was intrigued when she came across Logan’s DHPE program.

“I knew I never wanted to be a nurse practitioner, and I didn’t like the lack of flexibility in most higher education nursing programs,” Stephanie said. “Since a large portion of my current role is online education, I liked how Logan’s program delves deep into online curriculum development, rather than just in-classroom education. They encourage you to take the path that best suits you.”

Stephanie particularly enjoys working with other students from such varied professional backgrounds. She said it helps to see things from another perspective and gives her great interdisciplinary experience. “I’m excited to complete the degree and see where the new credential takes me,” she said.


 

Hope Taylor, RN, MSN

Hope Taylor, assistant nursing professor and simulation lab coordinator at CMU, has always been a hands-on learner. After working as a licensed practical nurse and a registered nurse, she took the first step toward advancing her education through a Master of Science in Nursing Education. With a few years at CMU under her belt, Hope decided to take the next step in her educational career.

“Because I am a visual learner, it was important for me to find a program that incorporated that learning style into its curriculum,” Hope said. “I needed the flexibility of a completely online course, but with the interactive aspect as well. That’s what I really liked about Logan’s DHPE program. It is the perfect balance of clinical and research-based work.”

Hope also enjoys the DHPE program because she is interested in learning how to educate among different professional disciplines. This aspect of the program has given her confidence to effectively teach and communicate to other professionals in her current position. 


Connecting Research to Education, and Everything in Between

Cheryl Houston, PhD, CHES, has covered a lot of ground in her health sciences career in higher education. She has spent time in research, as a faculty member, in administration and in development, but her most current position as program director of the Doctorate of Health Professions Education (DHPE) at Logan is one that bonds most of her interests and experiences.

“Looking back, most of my decisions throughout my career led me to Logan,” she said. “My vision for this program is clear, and I am excited to find out just how much we can impact the current health care industry with this innovative doctorate program.”

Born and raised in Boston, Dr. Houston earned her bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Cornell University. It was there she met her husband, a native St. Louisan, whose dream was to work for the Saint Louis Zoo. After graduation, the two moved back to the Midwest, where her husband began his work at the Zoo and Dr. Houston completed her dietetic internship, landing her first professional job in research at Washington University in St. Louis.

Washington University in St. Louis. “When you are working in research, you may not have the opportunity to teach,” she said, “but one of my mentors felt I had a knack for teaching and encouraged me to expand my horizons.” While at Washington University, Dr. Houston helped to develop a master’s program in health sciences and also worked in program administration. “Connecting with students fed my soul, and I realized I wanted to spend more time teaching,” she said.

After receiving a master’s degree in medical dietetics and a doctorate in health services research from Saint Louis University, Dr. Houston took a more active teaching position at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, eventually becoming a tenured professor, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses.

“I honed in on the best practices for quality education, and I served on almost every committee in order to learn the ins and outs of university organization, program administration, curriculum planning and development,” she said.

When the opportunity to direct the DHPE program at Logan presented itself last fall, Dr. Houston knew it was a great fit and a perfect combination of research and education.

“The DHPE is designed to give health care professionals an opportunity to develop skills as quality educators,” she said. “This program will work to address the educator shortages in many professional health programs. Program graduates will not only be content experts in their health field but also excellent educators for the next generation of health care professionals.”

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