The Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work has gained its first official Quality Matters© certification for the course “Introduction to Environmental Health – PHC6315,” which is a regular part of the core curriculum in the Masters in Public Health Program. The effort at earning this notable online certification was led by professor Alok Deoraj, who teaches in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health.
Quality Matters© is an international leader in quality assurance for online education, and it has received national recognition for its peer-based approach and continuous improvement in online education and student learning. Academic, government and education-related organizations use Quality Matters’ tools in developing, maintaining and reviewing their online courses and in training their faculty.
“The FIU Online team that included Nina Crutchfield and Herminia Lezcano provided valuable support at every step of the certification process. With their help, I was able to score 100 percent of the points necessary to meet the demanding requirements of Quality Matters© certification rubric,” said Deoraj.
The “Introduction to Environmental Health – PHC6315” course with Quality Matters© Certification will be offered in the upcoming fall semester, and professor Deoraj is positive that students will find its online learning environment to be user-friendly and welcoming.
“Introduction to Environmental Health – PHC6315” becomes the first FIU Stempel College course to receive this certification as the College works toward offering more online classes in order to better serve students seeking to pursue careers in public health, locally and globally. It is expected to serve as a model for other online courses to come from the College.
According to FIU Online’s Herminia Lezcano, so far more than 200 of FIU’s online courses have received Quality Matters© certification. “This certification reflects well on the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health, and it adds to the prestige of the entire Florida International University community,” said Lezcano.