Term 1 | Fall - Year One
Course Number Course Name Credits
MHPE 600 Applied Learning Theories 3
MHPE 601 Instructional Methods 3
Term 2 | Spring - Year One
MHPE 602 Curriculum Development 3
MHPE 603 Assessment of Learning 3
Term 3 | Summer - Year Two
MHPE 700 Leadership and Professionalism 3
MHPE 707 Practicum (virtual) 3
Term 4 | Fall - Year Two
MHPE 715 Educational Scholarship 3
MHPE 702 Program Evaluation 3
Term 5 | Spring - Year Two
MHPE 704 Simulation in Healthcare 3
MHPE 710 Organization & Management in Higher Education 3
MHPE 708 Capstone 1

Course Descriptions

Applied Learning Theories

This course is an exploration of adult learning theory.  Application of principles to medical and health professions education is expected. Learners successfully completing this course will explore major theorists in the field of adult learning and 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 best practices to plan, apply, design, and evaluate appropriate instructional methods to enhance learner achievement. Application of principles to medical and health professions education is expected.  Learners analyze a wide range of instructional methods including team-based, problem-based, inter-professional, outcome-based, experiential, indirect, and interactive in a variety of educational settings including small- and large-groups, clinical, bedside, ambulatory, community, rural, and distance. 

Curriculum Development

This course teaches a systematic curriculum development approach. Application of principles to medical and health professions education is expected.  Educators and curriculum leaders will gain knowledge, skills, and experiences in multiple facets of curriculum development including curricula planning, design, development, implementation, evaluation, and improvement/revision. Learners 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

This course prepares learners to design evidence-based assessment strategies to improve instructional effectiveness for faculty and learning outcomes for students.  Application of principles to medical and health professions education is expected. A wide array of formative and summative assessment instruments and techniques will be explored and utilized 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.

Educational Scholarship

Within the context of Boyer’s four models of scholarship, this course provides the knowledge necessary to understand the purposes and processes of research using an expanded definition of scholarship that goes beyond the scholarship of discovery (research) to include the scholarship of integration, the scholarship of application, and the scholarship of teaching. The course will also introduce students to quantitative and qualitative design approaches, examine foundational issues of research from both quantitative and qualitative perspectives, and build skills for interpreting and evaluating research including criteria for evaluating empirical studies, particularly in the social sciences and in education. 

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.

Organization & Management in Higher Education

Learners will research and understand higher education organizational structures and issues of oversight and will develop an understanding of how colleges and universities are governed. Who are the key decision makers at these institutions? What roles do various constituents such as board members, presidents, deans, faculty, staff, and students play? Learners will explore how organizational structures, culture, context, and characteristics influence institutional governance and decision making. Learners will become knowledgeable about the history of and current trends in the management and operations of higher education institutions with a focus on academic health centers. This course will make use of case studies, debates, and discussion of current events as a means to better understand higher education organization and management.

Simulation in Healthcare

This course will examine the use of medical modeling and simulation as instructional and assessment tools of the modern health professions educator. Participants will explore the key features of simulation-based healthcare education that lead to effective learning, evaluate the range of simulation methodologies, and critically review current research and trends in simulation-based education and assessment. Participants will apply learning with a systematic instructional design process to develop a practical simulation-based teaching and/or assessment project by the end of the course.


The practicum provides students with an in-depth supervised opportunity to apply knowledge and skills gained in the four MHPE core teaching courses – Applied Learning Theories, Instructional Methods, Curriculum Development, and Assessment of Learning.  Working as part of a simulated faculty team, students will completely develop all components of an online course.  This is a virtual practicum.


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