Health Equity FAQ

Program Structure and Coursework

  • What’s the sequence? 
    HLEQ 410 is a prerequisite to the other five courses. Others may be taken out of sequence for students who do not complete the certificate in 12 months. In special circumstances, we can allow students to begin other courses before they have taken HLEQ 410.
  • Am I required to complete the certificate program in 1 year? Can I complete the certificate program in 1 year?
    No. The certificate is designed to be completed in one year, but you can spread out the courses over 2 or more years if necessary. Please reach out for an individual conversation.
  • Will the certificate courses be offered for undergraduate students?
    Yes, undergraduates may enroll for any seats not filled by certificate students. 
  • What will grading look like?
    Expectations will be the same as for any Rhodes course: reading, papers, group projects. Highly interactive to put into practice the skills you will learn.
  • Can we take the courses pass/fail?
    You may, but to receive the certificate, you must complete 24 credits of courses with grades.
  • At what time will the courses be offered?
    Evening courses: 6-8:30PM
    Weekend courses: Saturday mornings
  • Will we be “full-time” students?
    No, you will receive a certificate, not a degree. You will not be eligible for federal loans.

Scribing Program

  • How much time should we expect to work in addition to the scribe hours?
    A typical Rhodes course requires 10-12 hours per week of work, including time spent in class. Some of your work for the courses will be completed during your scribing/working hours. Faculty may ask you to make observations or field notes (HIPAA complaint) that you will reflect on in class. 
  • What if I have a summer job lined up/a full time job—do I have to do the Scribes Program?
    No, the Scribes Program is a scholarship program. It’s not a requirement. You can enroll in the Certificate and pay tuition for it without being in the Scribes program. You will, however, need work or volunteering experience during the period of enrollment that gives you opportunities. Students admitted through the Scribes scholarship program must be prepared to begin work a week before summer classes begin.
  • Is the Scribes Program process separate?
    Yes, you will go through the Rhodes admission process first and then Methodist LeBonheur will do their interview for scribes.
  • How many hours will we work as a scribe?
    Up to full time, working clinic hours (typically 9-5), and you will be released from duties in time to make it to your evening/weekend courses.
  • Will we be Methodist employees?
    No, you will be Rhodes graduate students. You will not qualify for Methodist benefits (such as health insurance).
    Important note: if you lose your scribe job through Methodist, you will lose your scholarship.
  • Will we have a say with the physician/specialty with whom we will work?
    You may express your preference, but we cannot guarantee a particular clinical placement.

Program Expenses to Consider

  • What are other expenses we should consider?
    With demonstrated need this amount may be waived