Didactic Modules

Scholars are required to complete one of the following modules each year.  All modules* are designed to meet the 40 hour didactic requirement.

Please note that these modules only fulfill the 40 hour didactic requirement; they do NOT fulfill the 40 hour community based education requirement. 

Community Rural Immersion Module

Scholars will participate in an interprofessional community-based activity lasting 3-4 days in an underserved or rural area of West Virginia.  This includes community based experiential and clinical learning activities and culminates in a recommended plan of action for addressing a healthcare need (ex: access to services, nutrition, diabetes, etc.). In addition to the immersion, students will engage in additional activities as required by the online module. 

Scholars are required to attend ONE of the following in-person rural immersion activities to complete this module. Please ensure you are able to attend at least ONE of the following immersion activities before selecting this module:

  • *Dates TBD*

This course is taught by Treah Haggerty, MD.  Dr. Haggerty is the Director of the Rural Scholars Program for WVU's Department of Family Medicine. 

Cultural Competency Module

Scholars will engage in various opportunities to establish cultural competency with respect to patient care in rural and underserved areas of West Virginia.

This course is taught jointly by Linda Alexander, EdD., and Heather Henderson, MA.  Dr. Alexander is the Senior Associate Dean for Academic, Student and Faculty Affairs for the WVU School of Public Health, and Professor Henderson is the Director of Assessment for the WVU School of Public Health.

Health Policy Module

Scholars will gain insight into the formulation and implementation of health policy in the state of West Virginia. Scholars will also receive the opportunity to participate in part of the West Virginia 60-day legislative session in Charleston. 

This course is taught by Danny Scalise, MBA, MPH. He is certified in Public Health by the national Board of Public Health Examiners, and is the Executive Director for the West Virginia State Medical Association. 

Interprofessional Education Module

Scholars will participate in interprofessional (IPE) activities that provide information on various healthcare topics.  Additionally, scholars will also engage in reflection, application of knowledge and skills, respectful communication, and gain experience in IPE education.

Scholars will be required to participate in IPE activities on the Morgantown campus for this module. Please ensure you can attend all required dates (listed below) before selecting this module:

  • September 17th, 2018
  • October 15th, 2018
  • November 5th, 2018
  • February 18th, 2019
  • March 18th - March 22, 2019
  • April 8th, 2019

This course is taught by Gina Baugh, PharmD.  Dr. Baugh is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Director of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences at WVU's School of Pharmacy, and the Director of Interprofessional Education for the WVU Health Sciences Center.

*Additional modules are currently being developed. Please check back for updates.