Distance Learning Programs in Colleges at the University of Michigan

Updated 2013


School of Dentistry

College of Engineering

Medical School

School of Nursing

School of Public Health


School of Dentistry

Dental Hygiene E-Learning Degree Completion Program
(http://www.dent.umich.edu/dentalhygiene/education/dc/online) provides licensed dental hygienists with associates’ degrees the opportunity to continue their education in order to obtain the baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene. 

Required Credit Hours: 36 (completed over 2 years)

Program Description: The program consists of 11 courses delivered in seven week “mini-mesters."

Student Information: Licensed dental hygienists with associate degrees.

Students currently active in the program: ~ 22 (in 2 cohorts)

Average number of admissions annually: 12-15

Program Support: Administrative, technical, and instructional support is available. 

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College of Engineering

Integrated Systems and Design (ISD) 
(http://isd.engin.umich.edu/) have been offered for over 35 years and are taught by regular University of Michigan faculty. 

Required Credit Hours: 30

Program Description: ISD offers both credit and non-credit courses. Staff consists of 27 full-time and several part-time members. 

Student Information: Professional working engineers.  Students are recruited through InterPro marketing efforts and corporate partners’ marketing efforts, as well as the InterPro website.

Students currently active in the program: 479

Program Support: There is course design (instructional), technology support (in the form of course management systems and the upload/download of homework assignments) and administrative (registration, etc.) support.

Partnership Support: General Motors Technical Education Program, United Technologies, and Ford are the largest partners.

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Medical School

The advanced medical therapeutic course
(http://www.med.umich.edu/lrc/medcurriculum/technology/therapeutics.html) is a required class for all fourth year medical students.  The course, first piloted at the UMMS in 2007, was designed to allow students traveling for residency interviews to participate in the course from any location in the United States that had a fast Internet connection (1.5 Mbps or above).

Required Credit Hours: 4

Program Description: The course contains approximately 90 case-based e-learning modules, online seminars, weekly online quizzes, a research project, and a peer-review activity.

Student Information: Fourth year medical students.

Students currently active in the program: ~170

Average number of admissions annually: ~ 170

Program Support: Students receive technical and administrative support as needed.

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School of Public Health

The Certificate in the Foundations of Public Health (CFPH)
(http://www.sph.umich.edu/distance/) offers a unique opportunity to earn an academic credential in public health through a convenient, part-time, distance-learning format in 8 to 28 months.

Required Credit Hours: 16

Program Description: The five online classes are taught in the fall and winter terms by leading UM School of Public Health faculty. 

Student Information: Those seeking graduate training in public health.  UM students on the Ann Arbor campus are excluded from being able to enroll in CFPH courses.

Students currently active in the program: 52           

Average number of admissions annually: 25+ for fall semester; <10 for winter semester.

Program Support: Students are provided with instructional, technical and administrative support. CTools is used as the course management system and Centra for the weekly virtual class meetings.

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The Executive Master’s Program in Health Management and Policy
(http://www.sph.umich.edu/hmp/programs/exec-masters/) is a non-residential program originally called the On Job/On Campus (OJ/OC) Program. It has a unique format that allows students to continue working while pursing the Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) or the Master of Public Health (MPH)degree.

Required Credit Hours: 55

Program Description: The program takes 24 months to complete. During that period students attend 13 intensive four-day weekend class sessions in Ann Arbor that start on Thursday at 8:30 and end on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Formal classroom work is combined with on-line instruction and interaction to facilitate the completion of readings, exercises, and projects during the periods between class sessions on campus.

Student Information: Mid-career professionals especially physicians.

Students currently active in the program: ~ 30 (per cohort)           

Average number of admissions annually: 33

Program Support: A full range of instructional, technical, and administrative support is available.

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Graduate Summer Session in Epidemiology (GSS)
Offers instruction in the principles, methods, and applications of epidemiology. Distinguished faculty from academic centers and governmental agencies throughout the United States and other countries are responsible for introductory and advanced courses in epidemiology, biostatistics and data management.

Required Credit Hours: Not applicable

Program Description: Curriculum options include approximately (25) one-week and three-week courses on campus. The GSS offers distance-learning opportunities for Fundamental in Biostatistics (EPID 701) and Fundamentals of Epidemiology (EPID 709), where students are online simultaneously with the live class and have the capability to interact directly with the instructor and other class participants. Also offered in a Pre-recorded/Mentored Online Course - Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods (EPID 710), students may elect to take this five-day class over a period of three weeks. Video recordings, discussion forums, and a timetable are available to help students through the material, but they have the flexibility to set the time at which they participate in the class.

Student Information: All Public Health Professional and those interested in Health Research

Average number of students who participate annually: 350

Average number of students who participate in distance learning/online courses: 60

Program Support: Students are provided with instructional, technical and administrative support. CTools is used as the course management system for the weekly virtual class meetings.

Partnerships Support: This program has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the University of Michigan Medical School and the University of Michigan School of Public Health. The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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