The Graduate Certificate in Medical and Health Professions Education - Leadership prepares medical and health professions educators with new skills to build competence in leadership and develop the professional habits of mind to lead others. It enables learners with advanced skills in personal leadership assessment and professional development planning, assessing leadership challenges and developing leadership solutions, and understanding the importance of studying the science of leadership as a life-long learner. 

The MHPE Leadership Certificate is for anyone preparing for educational leadership positions at his or her place of employment or within a professional organization.  Whether you currently

  • Are in charge of programs, departments, or people, 
  • Play a role in planning educational programs that are cutting-edge and sustainable, or
  • Wish to become a better educational leader at your institution.

Course Requirements

MHPE 700 Leadership and Professionalism    3 Credits
MHPE 614 Organization and Management in Higher Education    3 Credits
SHP IPE 701 Implementing Change and Achieving High Performance in the Healthcare Enivronment    1 Credits
  Total    7 Credits

Educational Format

Classes are taught online (asynchronous), which are ideal for participants who have professional and family responsibilities.

Financial Aid

Private education loans may be available for those who qualify.

Tuition costs for the Medical and Health Professions Education-Leadership graduate certificates are based upon the number of credit hours taken per term. Tuition is due at the beginning of each term of your enrollment. For more information, please contact EVMS Financial Aid at for more information.

Course Descriptions

Leadership and 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.

Organization and Mangement 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.

Implementing Change and Achieving High Performance in the Healthcare Environment

Participants will learn cutting edge strategies for implementing change and achieving high performance in their work environments from recognized healthcare delivery experts.