• Other Health Disabilities Certificate

    Hamline’s Other Health Disabilities (OHD) Certificate program offers course content that is directly aligned with competencies recommended by OHD practitioners in Minnesota and the Council for Exceptional Children to Teachers, special educators, and personnel in related services.


    Program Overview

    "Other Health Disability refers to a wide range of chronic or acute health conditions that may be either congenital or acquired. Students with health conditions may have associated characteristics or symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Some of the health conditions are progressive and some have associated symptoms that vary in intensity from day to day. Medications, treatments, therapies, and repeated hospitalizations for a range of chronic or acute health conditions can affect a student's ability to learn and function at school."

    -Source: Minnesota Department of Education, 2007

    Coursework in this certificate leads to greater understanding and collaboration between schools, the community, families, and the medical team. Discussion and ideas for creating collaborative relationships to support the overall educational plans of OHD learners are woven throughout the coursework. 

    Gain the skills necessary to help students with OHD achieve success in the classroom and actively participate in society.

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    Contact a Graduate Admission counselor and request information to learn more about how you can pursue the Other Health Disabilities Certificate.

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    12 credits are required to complete the OHD Certificate. This includes 9 credits of required coursework (6 courses) and 3 elective credits. Course listings See Graduate Professional Development (Continuing Studies)  

    Required Courses:
    SPED 7081: Other Health Disabilities 101 (2 credits)
    SPED 7082: Cognitive Aspects of Chronic Health (1 credit)
    SPED 7083: Biomedical Aspects of Physical and Developmental Disabilities (2 credits)
    SPED 7084: Neurobiological Disorders (2 credits)
    SPED 7085: ADHD Learners (1 credit)
    SPED 7995: Final Synthesis (1 credit) 

     Elective Courses:

    Elective courses vary. These can be obtained through:

    Certificate Completion Process

    Once you have completed the requirements of the Other Health Disabilities Certificate, you may request your printed certificate. Orders are processed at the end of fall, spring, and summer semesters; you can expect to receive your certificate four to six weeks after you submit your request.