Rashida Biggs is driven by the desire to help people master the knowledge and competencies they need to advance their careers, an approach that distinguishes the courses she teaches in the Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Science Management (BPHM)
program. “I want to make my courses as meaningful as possible for every person in the class,” she says. “At the beginning of the semester, one of the first questions I ask students is why are they here. Their response helps me make sure they are getting what they need.”
Biggs’ emphasis on relevance shapes how she teaches as well as the topics she covers. “In the world of theory, everything works,” she says. “I like bringing in real-world examples of issues hospitals are facing and challenging students to solve them.” She also stresses group assignments to prepare students for working in the cross-disciplinary teams that are so prevalent in the industry. “I want to give my students a taste for what they will encounter on the job,” she says. “When they find themselves in challenging situations, they will have the benefit of having addressed similar issues in class.”
Biggs also helped to develop and is now teaching in the graduate Certificate in Health Sciences Management.
“I love the creativity of developing new courses and programs relevant to health care today,” she says. “It’s very satisfying focusing on key issues and figuring out how to translate them into a lesson plan with real impact.”