Master of Health Professions Education

Program Overview

The Masters Degree in Health Professions Education (MHPE) provides an educational research foundation for teaching, assessment and leadership in health professions education. The MHPE curriculum is focused on the application of learning principles to educational practice. All courses emphasize an applied project based on students’ professional experiences. The educational portfolio serves as an integrative tool across courses and as a showcase for student accomplishments.

Program Features

  • Inter-professional–For all health education professionals
  • Educational research foundation–Evidence-based decision making
  • Application–Based on solving real instructional problems in health professions education
  • Professional Portfolio–Documents learning goals and accomplishments
  • Online–Most coursework is online with occasional synchronous sessions; exception is blended simulation course

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Design evidence-based educational programs and materials with appropriate scope, sequence, and focus for learners.
  • Deliver curricula using educational theories, effective teaching methods, and technologies in large group, small group and clinical settings.
  • Effectively use assessment tools to reflect student progress and to promote student learning.
  • Apply research to inform work as a health professions educator.
  • Identify current issues, policies, and organizational structures in health professions education and monitor changes in the field.
  • Develop tools and processes to evaluate curricula, policies, and program effectiveness, as well as implement effective innovations.
  • Provide effective, reflective, and evidence-based leadership in various contexts encompassed by health professions education.
  • Foster inclusive and equitable learning environments, organizational structures, and inter-disciplinary engagement in a variety of settings.
  • Contribute to excellence in health professions education and advancement of the health professions education community.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 33 credit hours are required to earn the Master of Health Professions Education degree; 24 credit hours of required course work and 9 credit hours of elective coursework.  Students must complete the program of study while maintaining a 3.0 or better grade point average.

Required Coursework
HPRE 5500Leadership and Administration in Health Professions Education3
HPRE 5508Principles and Methods of Research3
HPRE 5522Curriculum Design in Health Professions Education3
HPRE 5530Current Issues in Health Professions Education3
HPRE 5550Assessment in Health Professions Education3
HPRE 5560Teaching in Health Professions Education3
HPRE 5580Program Evaluation in Health Professions Education3
HPRE 5588Learning Portfolio in Health Professions Education3
Elective Coursework9
Select three from the approved list below:
Simulation for Health Professions Education
Culturally Competent Health Professions Education
Applied Biostatistics I
Applied Biostatistics II
Implementation Science in Health
Curriculum And Instruction In Technology
Total Credits33

Admission Requirements

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