Dr. PeterChris Okpala holds doctorate degree in Health Sciences with Concentration in Global Health at the A.T. Still University in August of 2010. The program prepared him well in the development of training programs as well as career and health oriented workshop and seminars. His doctorate research paper has been published in the Journal of Applied Medical Sciences. He has published other medical research papers/articles in the Journal of Applied Medical Sciences and International Journal of Health Research and Innovation. Moreover, his previous learning in his Masters’ degrees in Health Care Administration with concentration in leadership and Public Health with concentration in Environmental Health helped him gain an outstanding evaluation in various organizational and leadership trainings he facilitated and co-developed for undergraduate students and interns.
Dr. PeterChris Okpala’s teaching philosophy is underpinned by value for theory and how this is applied to practice. In other words, he believes in the importance of theory as the foundation upon which learning will occur. This is because theories were created out of the experiences of those who have made studies pertaining to various phenomena in society. However, he does not believe in confining knowledge to theory; rather, there should also be an accompanying practical experience or application to practical situations so that students are able to understand concepts better. He believes that this is the best approach for facilitating student learning.
Dr. PeterChris Okpala is highly self-motivated, and passionate in his desire to expand student learning and experience. Each day that he teaches, he is inspired by the thought that he helps his students take their first steps towards their chosen professions. His teaching philosophy has two main components. First, as a teacher, he requires reflection and action among his students. Through this process, he inculcates the practice of contemplation among his students, upon the things that they have learned in class. Part of this reflective process is taking active steps to apply what they have learned to their daily lives, thereby allowing their learning to come full circle. The second component of his teaching philosophy is linking learning to things that his students value. Hence, in most of his classes, he strives to attain a level of student engage that allows him to discern the things that they value in life. It is only when learning is linked to things that they value do students fully immerse themselves in classroom activities, and attain high levels of motivation to succeed in their academic endeavors.