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Medical & Health Professions Education Master's Program Course Descriptions

Applied Learning Theories

This course is an introduction to adult learning theory applied to medical and health professions education settings.  Learners successfully completing this course will explore major contributors in behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism to the field of adult learning to create an educational philosophy.  Learners will create artifacts in an electronic portfolio to exemplify the application of seven areas of learning theory:  assessment of prior knowledge, encoding and retrieval and knowledge, motivation for learning, mastery of learning, feedback and practice, course climate, and self-directed learning.

Instructional Methods

This course prepares students with theoretic foundations and practical techniques to plan, apply and design appropriate instructional methods to enhance learner achievement. It introduces a wide range of instructional methods including, team-based, problem-based, interprofessional, outcome-based, experiential, and indirect and interactive learning in various medical and health professions education settings. These educational settings may include small- and large-groups, clinical, bedside, ambulatory, community, rural and distance.  This course also explores best practices surrounding the planning, implementation and evaluation of various instructional methods.

Curriculum Development

This course will introduce learners to the principles of a systematic curriculum development approach. Educators and curriculum leaders will be provided with knowledge, skills, and experiences in multiple facets of curriculum development including curricula planning, design, development, implementation, evaluation, and improvement/revision. This course will also explore the benefits and challenges related to the collaborative nature of curriculum development through practical examples and application of curricular planning models.

Assessment of Learning

Assessment drives learning, whether through the effectiveness of instruction or the assessment of individual learners. This course will describe how effective assessment can be employed to improve instructional effectiveness for learners, faculties, and institutions. A wide array of formative and summative assessment instruments and techniques will be explored and applied through practical application.  

Leadership & Professionalism

This course will expose learners to effective leadership approaches and skill sets.  Topics will include fundamentals of leadership, leadership and professionalism self-assessment, leadership philosophy, professionalism, essential leadership and professionalism skills, modeling best leadership practices and behaviors, ethics in leadership, institutional and program accreditation, handling conflict, and emerging issues. Learners will apply this learning to their professional life through a series of practical exercises.

Research Methods

Within the context of Boyer’s four models of scholarship, this course provides the knowledge necessary to understand the purposes and processes of research and help learners to become informed consumers of research literature.  It will survey major types of research including qualitative and quantitative forms of analysis and explore ways to answer questions that cannot be studied in laboratory settings, particularly in the social sciences and in education. This course will also examine criteria for evaluating empirical studies to ensure academic rigor.

Program Evaluation

This introductory course in program evaluation takes the learner from the beginnings of program evaluation as an academic discipline through current Logic Model-based evaluation that encompasses the ethical, political, and social landscapes within which an evaluation resides. Students will have an opportunity to design each step of an educational program evaluation beginning with an evaluability assessment. Diverse models focused on different stakeholder audiences and program goals will be implemented to evaluate real-life, ongoing educational programs selected by each student. Students will develop Logic Models to guide evaluation planning and implementation. Data collection and analysis plans will include quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods approaches. The course will culminate in presentation of an evaluation report based on data from actual educational programs.

Clinical and Community-based Teaching

This course will prepare medical and health professions educators to teach in a clinical setting and community-based learning environment. It will identify unique conditions associated with such learning environments and characteristics of these groups of adult learners. Research-based needs analysis practices, instructional strategies and formative assessment methods that will enhance student learning outcomes will be explored. Criteria to evaluate educational outcomes will also be analyzed. Students will apply these approaches to their specific learning environment.  

Simulation in Healthcare

As the educational environment introduces and implements greater amounts of technology, faculties must be prepared to maximize these tools to promote effective learning. This course will explore the application of simulation and distance (distributed) learning as instructional and assessment tools of the modern educator.

Introduction to Graduate Medical Education

This course will provide learners with an introduction to graduate medical education.  Topics will include the culture of academic medicine, GME leadership, mentoring highly effective professionals to become change agents, and other contemporary aspects of GME.

Advanced Principles in Graduate Medical Education

This course will explore several topics related to advanced principles of graduate medical education. Topics will include evaluation methods and procedures utilized in GME, preparing for a Clinical Learning Environment Review site visit by the ACGME and other current topics in GME.


The practicum provides students with an in-depth supervised experience in an approved organization.  The practicum will require students to complete a project related to an actual MHPE issue that is a focus within the organization.


The capstone experience provides the learner the opportunity to present a program portfolio demonstrating achievement of all program goals and student learning outcomes.