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Seminars

The Practicum Seminar consists of three collegial, informative weekends (Thursday to Saturday) throughout the term. Each student presents his/her project for about 20 minutes and then spends time answering questions and seeking guidance from instructors and classmates.

HSM and HIM program students all work full-time in healthcare, and thus, they are able to share a wealth of experience and knowledge in various aspects of healthcare with their classmates. The Practicum Seminar is a positive learning environment; ideas are shared by all people in the room, students and instructors alike.

Lunch is provided on all three weekends, and many students also plan social activities for the end of each day.

When:  Early in the term, usually the first weekend before university-wide classes start, or the weekend right after university-wide classes start.

Who: Students enrolled in the Practicum, faculty advisors and the Practicum director. This session is not open to the public.

What: Provides each student with the opportunity to present his/her project to classmates, including a project outline and the proposed research methodology. Fellow classmates provide written evaluations on each presentation.

Length: Each presentation is about 20 minutes long, with an additional 20 to 30 minutes of discussion and questions. 

When: After the reading week, approximately seven weeks into the term.

Who: Students enrolled in the Practicum, faculty advisors and the Practicum director. This session is not open to the public.

What: This second weekend is very important for tracking the individual progress of each student project.  Students present a project update to their classmates, including any challenges or changes that they may have experienced since first presenting. These presentations are highly useful in clarifying the scope of the project and ensuring that each student stays on track.  At this point, students are usually collecting and analyzing data, and starting to organize the final report.  Fellow classmates provide written evaluations on each presentation.

Length: Each presentation is about 20 minutes long, with an additional 30 minutes of discussion and questions.  

When:  The last weekend of the term before exams, usually 12 or 13 weeks into the semester.

Who: Students enrolled in the Practicum, faculty advisors and the director.  The on-site supervisor is often on hand to assist with further questions and recommendations. This session is open to all students and the general public, and most students invite their on-site supervisors and colleagues who have helped them with their projects.

What: The final weekend consists of formal presentations by each student. They present their findings and the recommendations based upon their research.  There are no evaluations by fellow students.

Length: Each presentation is scheduled for 1 hour, although most presentations last about 30 minutes, followed by questions. 

Flexible Schedule

Students in the Health Services Management and Health Information Management programs have the option of taking courses online, in the evening or on weekends. They can also mix the various modes of study.