SHSMD Credentials are awarded for successful completion of designated programs that confirm proficiency of a skill through testing, examination, skill demonstration, or project completion. Additional requirements may include participation in discussion boards, quizzes, group work, presentations, and additional readings/assignments as assigned by faculty. Upon successful completion of all requirements, participants will be awarded with a verified SHSMD Credential in a paper certificate form as well as a shareable digital credential described below.
What is a Digital Credential?
SHSMD has recently launched a digital credential program that offers members a visible, verifiable and sharable recognition of their significant professional achievements. Credentials make keeping track of your professional development easier. Now you can simply supply a link to your credentials and showcase your skills.
A digital credential (also known as a badge) is a validated, standardized graphical representation of knowledge and skills that can be earned by undertaking various learning activities. Each digital credential has a unique URL that credential holders can share electronically via social media, electronic resume, and email. The URL is embedded on an individual's profile page on a firm website. This URL links to a description verifying what the learner achieved by completing a program.
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What is the Benefit of Having a Digital Credential?
A digital credential helps individuals gain recognition for significant professional development by allowing them to easily share their achievements. Each credential has a unique URL to ensure that the individual earned the shared or displayed certificate.
According to a recent LinkedIn study, LinkedIn profiles with certifications and credentials are viewed six times more often than the average profile.
By successfully completing requirements for each of the following SHSMD programs, you will be able to earn and share a digital credential. Click here to view all credential program descriptions and criteria.
- SHSMD Healthcare Marketing Credential: Marketing Plans, Communications, & Market Research
- SHSMD Strategic Planning in Healthcare Credential
- SHSMD ADVANCE™ Credential: Advanced Analytics for Healthcare Strategists
- SHSMD ADVANCE™ Credential: Effective Storytelling in Healthcare
- SHSMD Public Relations & Communications in Health Care Settings
In-Person Pre-Conference Intensives:
- Stay tuned for 2020 pre-conference intensives.
Steps to Claim and Display Your Earned SHSMD Digital Credential
an in-depth how-to guide in claiming your Digital Credential
- Upon successful completion of a SHSMD program, you will be emailed instructions for accepting your badge.
- If you did not receive the instructions, check your email's spam/junk folder to see if the notification was delivered there.
- Once you Accept the credential, you will probably want to tell others! Sharing to social media such as LinkedIn is easy through the Share button. You have many options available to you including:
Frequently Asked Questions
Whether you are considering an SHSMD program that offers a digital credential, have already earned your first badge, or are supporting staff who have earned a digital credential, these answers to frequently asked questions will help you navigate SHSMD’s Digital Credential program.
- What is a digital badge?
- What is the benefit of having a digital badge?
- What happens once I complete a program or curriculum that offers a digital badge?
- How do I accept my badge?
- Do I have to accept the digital badge if I complete a SHSMD program that offers one?
- How long do I have to accept a digital badge that I have earned?
- How do I share my digital badge?
- Will my digital badge ever expire?
- What happens if my digital badge expires?
- How will someone know my digital badge is authentic?
- Who is Credly?
- How does Credly protect my information?
- If I have digital badges that aren't from SHSMD, is there a way to consolidate them into one place?
- Can someone copy or steal my badge?
- Will I still receive a paper certificate?