Master in Health Professions Education (MHPE)

The MHPE curriculum provides a broad scholarly and practical experience in the theory, research, and practice of health professions education (HPE) by providing learners with the opportunity to participate in a series of formal courses, conduct original research, and obtain practical experiences in leadership, research, and teaching.

The MHPE 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. The MHPE is targeted toward core clinical and basic science teachers and directors of courses, clerkships, residencies, and fellowships, as well as vice chairs, chairs, and other administrative leaders in HPE. The MHPE emphasizes research competencies during the second and third years, resulting in a peer-reviewed publication. Matriculates 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, cutting-edge research, and leadership to their career field. Uniformed personnel with experience as a health professional are given priority for admission.

MHPE Expected Completion Timeline

The MHPE is designed to be completed within 24 months for full-time students or 36 months for part-time students. The minimum credit load per semester required for a full-time learner is 6.5, the maximum allowed is 12.5, and the normal range is 6.5 to 9 credits. There are two shortened terms (pre-fall and summer) that require full-time learners to be enrolled in a total of 6.5 credits (e.g., 2.25 credits in the summer and 4.5 in the pre-fall). The expectation is that the part-time MHPE degree will be completed within three academic years.

MHPE Graduation Requirements*

The MHPE degree program consists of a number of components including required and elective courses, seminar courses, a Thesis that results in a peer-reviewed publication, and a practicum experience. The required courses include educational theory, qualitative and quantitative research methods, leadership, and assessment and instructional methods.  MHPE program requirements summarized below:

  • Required Courses: 25.5 credits
  • Electives: 1.5 credits
  • Practicum: 3 credits
  • Thesis: 7.5 credits
  • Portfolio Defense Presentation
  • TOTAL 37.5 credits

MHPE Course Offerings: 

Required Courses (25.5 credits)

  • HPE 500: Leadership Roles in HPE
  • HPE 502: Philosophies of Science
  • 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 Seminar: Leadership
  • HPE Seminar: Mixed Methods
  • HPE Seminar: Bootcamp Seminar, Part 2 (pre-fall/in-residence)

Electives (1.5 credits)

Available in-person:

  • HPE 503 Practice of Assessment of Competence

Available online

  • HPE Seminar: Bootcamp Seminar, Part 1 (summer/on-line) 
  • HPE Seminar: Rhetoric and Academic Writing
  • HPE Seminar: Meet the Experts Seminar
  • HPE Seminar: Grant Writing Seminar
  • HPE Seminar: Teaching with Technology Seminar 
  • HPE Seminar: Scholarly Innovation Seminar
  • HPE 800: Fundamentals of Systems Thinking 
  • HPE 801: Advanced Health Theories
  • HPE 802: Advanced Qualitative Research Methods in HPE
  • HPE 803: Advanced Quantitative Research Method in HPE
  • HPE 804: Advanced Instructional Methods and Curriculum Development 
  • HPE 805: Advanced Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation
  • HPE 806: Advanced Leadership Roles in HPE
  • HPE 807: Advanced Online Learning and Instruction

Practicum (3 credits)

  • HPE 400: Master’s Practicum in HPE

Thesis (7.5 credits)

  • HPE 905: Master’s Thesis in HPE


*All program requirements are subject to change. Please contact for the latest information.