Certificate in Innovative Teaching


The Certificate in Innovative Teaching in Healthcare Education is a 12-credit hour, online Certificate program accredited through CHE and SACSCOC. Through online courses focused on innovative teaching methods, teaching with technology, methods of assessment, research, and evaluation, and an applied project, participants will gain conceptual knowledge and skills needed to serve as outstanding teachers and effective leaders in healthcare education.

The Certificate prepares participants to be effective and innovative teachers in the healthcare professions. Graduates will leave the program:

  • Understanding how adults learn and using design thinking to design processes to identify and meet instructional needs of target populations
  • Able to anticipate innovations likely to impact health care delivery and intertwined education programs in the future, including technologies
  • Able to create rich content to increase student engagement
  • With skills to design curriculum, apply data analytics to various stages of learning, conduct assessments, and carry out educational research


Applicants must first meet MUSC minimum admission requirements found in the Medical University of South Carolina Office of Admissions website. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree before applying to this Certificate program. MUSC students are eligible to take coursework from the Certificate curriculum while enrolled in their current degree program. Please contact Mary Mauldin for more information. There are no minimum GPA requirements for applicants.

Application Process

Applicants must submit one letter of recommendation, a curriculum vitae, and a 750 - 1,000-word essay discussing their professional goals related to teaching in healthcare. Once all materials have been received, applications will be reviewed and the applicant will be considered for an interview.

Use of Marijuana and/or CBD Products

Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug and is illegal to purchase in South Carolina. Apart from a narrow and limited scope of codified/documented medical exceptions, it is illegal for individuals to use marijuana/tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in South Carolina. Although cannabidiol (CBD) products may be purchased and used in South Carolina, please be aware that CBD products may contain higher levels of THC than represented on packaging and use of CBD products can result in a positive drug screen for THC/marijuana. Be aware that current drug testing methods cannot accurately ascertain the origins of THC metabolites (i.e., whether from marijuana or CBD products). Your academic program has the authority to conduct random and/or scheduled drug testing; if your test result is reported as positive for THC metabolites (even if you only used a CBD product), your ability to be accepted into the program, progress in the program, and/or successfully complete the program may be negatively impacted.

Scholarship Eligibility

MUSC offers scholarships for which you may be eligible. Some are awarded based on academic achievement; others are awarded based on community service, for example. However, the majority of scholarships awarded at MUSC are based on financial need. This means those scholarships are only awarded to students who need some financial assistance to cover the cost of tuition and fees. If you would like to be considered for a financial need-based scholarship, you must have an up-to-date Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file. Make sure you list Medical University of South Carolina on your FAFSA form, along with MUSC’s code: 003438. We encourage you to submit the FAFSA as early as possible. It is recommended to submit the FAFSA in January if you plan to enroll in the Fall.

Application Deadline

Start Term Application Type Available Deadline
Fall 2023 Regular April 1, 2023 July 31, 2023