Master of Education in HPE (MEd-HPE)

The MEd in Health Professions Education provides a broad scholarly and practical experience in the theory, research, and practice of HPE. It provides learners with the opportunity to participate in a series of formal courses, conduct an education and/or leadership Culminating Project, and obtain other practical experiences to enhance their skills in leadership, research, and teaching. The MEd-HPE curriculum is a rigorous degree to include a variety of courses and the requirement for a disseminated Culminating Project with guidance and mentoring by world-class HPE faculty. This Culminating Project aligns with the intellectual tradition in health professions education that outlines five domains in scholarship (Boyer) with the MEd-HPE emphasizing the scholarship of teaching while the MHPE thesis emphasizes the scholarship of discovery (e.g., a peer reviewed publication).

The MEd-HPE is primarily designed for individuals planning careers in HPE (medicine, dentistry, nursing, and other health professions) within the uniformed services, although the content is relevant to all individuals engaged in the education of health professionals. This degree places primary emphasis on learners’ growth in education and/or leadership skills, focusing on recognized domains in the scholarship of teaching (e.g., curriculum development, teaching, assessment, mentoring/advising, and leadership/administration). Matriculants may include, but are not limited to, physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, optometrists, or those that are committed to working with health professionals as a career (e.g., executive administrators) and who wish to apply the core disciplines of education, scholarship, and leadership to their career field. Uniformed personnel with experience as a health professional are given priority for admission.

MEd-HPE Expected Completion Timeline

The MEd-HPE is designed to be completed within 36 months of part-time study. Part-time learners aspiring to obtain an MEd-HPE should anticipate completing 4 credits each term.

MEd-HPE Graduation Requirements*

The MEd-HPE degree program consists of a number of components including required and selective courses, seminar courses, a portfolio, and a Culminating Project. The required courses include educational theory, qualitative and quantitative research methods, leadership, and assessment and instructional methods. MEd-HPE program requirements summarized below:

  • Required Courses: 28 credits
  • Selectives: 2 credits
  • Culminating Project: 10 credits
  • Portfolio Defense (required)
  • TOTAL: 40 credits

MEd-HPE Course Offerings:

Required Courses (28 credits)

  • HPE 500: Leadership Roles in HPE
  • HPE 504: Principles of Instruction in Clinical Education
  • HPE 505: Quantitative Research Methods in HPE
  • HPE 506: Principles of Online Instruction
  • HPE 507: Qualitative Research Methods in HPE
  • HPE 550: Learning Theories
  • HPE 555: Teaching Methods
  • HPE 560: Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation
  • HPE 565: Curriculum Development
  • HPE 605 Seminar: Leadership
  • HPE 602 Seminar: Teaching with Technology
  • HPE 612 Seminar: Scholarly Innovations I
  • HPE 613 Seminar: Scholarly Innovations II 

Selectives (2 credits)

Select one of the following four advanced courses:

  • HPE 804: Advanced Curriculum and Instruction
  • HPE 805: Advanced Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation
  • HPE 806: Advanced Leadership Roles in HPE
  • HPE 807: Advanced Online Learning and Instruction

Culminating Project (10 credits)

  • HPE 400: Master’s Practicum in HPE
    • Completion of culminating project proposal form: 3 credits
    • Successful defense of culminating project: 7 credits