Independent courses at the Franklin School of Integrative Health Sciences cover a wide range of public health, preventive health, and integrative health topics. Courses are 4-6 weeks in duration with weekly lessons delivered each Friday. These lessons are taught by our highly trained faculty and can be viewed at your convenience. During the course, you are welcome to ask instructors questions about the material and interact with fellow students using the discussion forum.
Each independent course is scheduled for delivery at least once a year. Don’t want to wait or want more flexibility? Check our our Independent Courses–On Demand for the same high quality content, available on demand.
Benefits of Independent Courses:
- Fully asynchronous: Independent courses fit into your busy schedule
- Inexpensive: Independent courses are all less than $300
- Tested: Over 15,000 students have benefitted from online courses taught by Dr Jessie Hawkins
- Support: All independent courses include instructor support for questions and feedback
- Inclusive: Independent courses provide concentrated learning opportunities for everyone: newbies to professionals
FAQs About Independent Courses
Absolutely! We offer a 15% discount for groups of 3-5 people, 25% for groups of 6-9, and 30% for groups of 10 or more. We can also develop and deliver custom classes to meet your group’s unique educational needs. For more info, contact our admin office.
Assignments are not required in Independent Courses, but each lesson does include practical application exercises. We strongly recommend completing each exercise and asking your instructor any questions you may have. Scheduled Independent Courses also include access to a discussion forum to interact with classmates; questions and discussions about application exercise can be discussed there as well. This will maximize your course experience.
Independent Courses at FSIHS are asynchronous, so they are not delivered in real time and you are not required to be online at any specific time.
Lessons are posted every Friday morning (central time zone) and you can view the lectures and downloads any time after they are released.
After studying the lesson, you are encouraged to post any questions you have in the discussion forum. You are also encouraged to respond to other student questions.
Course instructors respond to all questions and comments every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
After the final lesson is posted, course access continues for an additional 3 weeks to allow for review and application questions.
You will be granted access on the first day of the course (central time zone). Access continues for 3 weeks after Independent Courses end and for 4 weeks after Live Trainings are over. This allows ample time to review notes, download all downloadable files, and ask follow-up questions.
Independent Courses at the FSISH are revised and updated frequently and many of the materials are created or developed exclusively for your class.
A wide range of learning materials, including PDF handouts, downloadable research studies, and online lectures are utilized. PDFs, handouts, and other printable resources are downloadable. Videos, lectures, and interactive activities are not downloadable.
No, you can complete this course any time of the week that is convenient for your schedule. While this is a scheduled, interactive class, it is also an asynchronous class, meaning that you can access the material at the time of day–or day of the week–that is most convenient for your schedule.