The PhD and EdD degrees are only offered for the Higher Education concentration. The PhD is a research-based terminal degree that allows individuals to work in academia or research at the university level. The EdD is a practice-based professional degree designed for educators interested in administrative/leadership roles. Students pursuing the EdD are expected to approach course content from an administrative/leadership perspective, while students pursuing the PhD will approach content from and educator/scholar perspective. All students will complete the same number of credit hours.
Higher Education and Contemporary Human Anatomy Education (CHAE)Concentrations: The practicum is designed to demonstrate the student’s accumulated learning experiences through an approved course design project. The goal of the practicum is to provide students with an in-depth supervised opportunity to apply academic theory and acquired skills gained in the MHPE core teaching courses to design and develop a course for online delivery. Working as part of a simulated faculty team, students will completely develop all components of an online course. As part of the practicum, students are required to complete the Certificate in Online Quality Teaching (an EVMS in-house certificate), and work with the Distance Education team to learn and apply the principles of online course design. Students will work closely with the program directors to identify a course topic. This is a virtual practicum that will be guided by faculty. Travel to EVMS is not required.
Ultrasound and Imaging Education (USIE) concentrations Each summer Ultrasound and Imaging Education (USIE) concentration students will travel to EVMS, located in Norfolk, Virginia for a one-week, in-depth supervised opportunity to apply teaching knowledge and skills gained throughout the program. In addition, USIE students will undergo technical skills proficiency assessment. Each summer residency will include a 1.5 credit hour course USIE 708 and USIE 709. Students will be charged a $500 lab fee each year, which covers lab specimens, consumables, and machine-use access. Students will be responsible for housing and food expenses during both summer residencies.
Students pursuing a PhD will complete a Contemporary Scholarship Dissertation (CSD). The CSD is an alternative dissertation format that meets the needs of students’ varying career goals, e.g. scholarship, teaching, or practice. Content must be related to medical and health professions education and the student’s concentration, and be presentable and publishable at education scholarship conferences and in education scholarship journals.
Students pursuing an EdD will complete a Program Evaluation of a program within their own institution or career field. The goal of program evaluation is to collect, analyze, interpret, and communicate information about the workings and effectiveness of education programs. Content must be related to medical and health professions education and the student’s concentration.
The Higher Education and Contemporary Human Anatomy Education concentrations are designed to allow students to complete all courses and assignments online and from a distance. The majority of the Ultrasound and Imaging Education courses are online, with the exception of the one-week practicum during summer terms one and two. Courses will be delivered primarily via asynchronous instruction, with some synchronous online course sessions. Upon completion of all degree requirements, students are strongly encouraged to attend commencement activities if possible.
The DMHPE program is a half-time (less than 9 credit hours per term) program that can be completed in 3.5 – 4 years. Coursework can be completed over six terms (2 years). The dissertation will be completed over the 3rd – 4th year. On average, students will take 2 – 3 courses per term.