HPL Online Learning
About our online courses
Going back to school can be daunting. You’ve got a full-time job to maintain, responsibilities in your personal life, and it sure would be nice to schedule in some “me” time. The HPL program’s online format allows you to get the relevant, highly sought-after skills in a way that integrates with your busy work schedule and life.
Online learning, as any academic endeavor, does require significant effort and a commitment to keeping up with assignments and engaging with the course material. Here’s some advice on how to get the most out of your online education.
Online Degree Basics
- Schedule: Consider your schedule and other commitments. Think about your top priorities at work and at home, and what you may be able to shift to create time for readings and assignments.
- Money: Begin researching scholarships and options for financial aid if needed, and talk to your employer to find out if they can contribute to your education.
- Technology: You’ll be spending a lot of time online; make sure you have the right tools to make it happen. Strong internet connection that can support videos and online meeting. Access to a computer with webcam/microphone to connect with your professors and cohort.
9 Tips to Succeed in Online Learning
Stay on top of the syllabus and required coursework.
It can be easy for things to pile up, so making an effort to get readings and important assignments completed ahead of time if possible will help you engage with coursework on a deeper level, ask questions if needed, and not fall behind
Make sure your study schedule meshes well with your career, academic, family and personal obligations.
Knowing in advance what all of your commitments are will help you to allocate time to schoolwork and maintain balance. Use phone apps with reminders at 1 week, 3 day, and 1 day intervals to remind yourself of homework assignments.
Visit the course homepage regularly to check for updates, download materials and to participate in online discussions.
Many of your assignments will require posting comments on the message board or responding to posts from professors or students. This allows you to have in-depth interaction with your classmates and engage in interesting discussions on what you are learning.
Confused? Ask questions and be specific. Describe your confusion or problem in detail, chances are others in the class are wondering about the same thing.
Connect with your professors through online office hours or via Zoom or email.
Many of your professors are leaders in their field, conducting and publishing groundbreaking research. Take advantage of this unique opportunity; learn more about the field of health policy and health law and gain insight from the experts.
Forming a relationship with your professor means they can offer more in-depth letters of recommendation— important for professional development or future opportunities.
Online courses mean the student body is not restricted to one geographical area. Take advantage of this diversity—reach out to your fellow students and learn about their work, career paths, and the different types of jobs and opportunities available in this exciting field.
Connect with classmates on LinkedIn to broaden your professional network. Leverage these relationships for future jobs or collaborations. Your classmates are also a great sounding board for new ideas, and can provide valuable advice and mentorship.
Readings and assignments require a lot of focus and concentration, so set yourself up to do your best work.
Turn off your phone and log off social media. If you feel the urge, take a break, just be sure to remember your goals and limit your time.
Whether it is a university library, coffee shop or just your kitchen table, find out where you work and focus best.
When you’re in a gym class, the instructor often reminds you to breathe. You’re so focused on what you’re doing—and possibly the pain!—that you can forget something so basic as breathing. The same concept applies to your online degree: Don’t forget to breathe, and to pace yourself. Make sure you take regular breaks and get some “me” time to unwind: go for a walk, watch your favorite TV show, spend time with friends/family, etc.
You’re going to have those days where it feels overwhelming, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. When you’ve completed the program, you’ll have a Master’s degree, access to a global network of professionals in your field, and the knowledge and skills crucial for a successful future.