The Graduate Certificate in Medical and Health Professions Education - Scholarship prepares medical and health professionals with new skills to build competence in educational scholarship. It enables learners with skills in designing educational scholarship projects including research and program evaluation, critiquing published literature for work-place application and decision-making, and presenting data in a meaningful way for stakeholders.  

The MHPE Scholarship Certificate is for anyone interested in enhancing his or her educational scholarship skills.  Whether you currently

  • Are conducting or plan to conduct qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods educational studies
  • Are seeking ways to broaden your approach to educational scholarship
  • Wish to better support those who are conducting educational scholarship

Course Requirements

MHPE 715 Educational Scholarship Methods     3 Credits
MHPE 702 Program Evaluation    3 Credits
MHPE 805 Applied Statistics    3 Credits
MHPE 606 Mixed Methods Research Designs    3 Credits (optional)
  Total    9-12 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-Scholarship 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

Educational Scholarship Methods

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.

Applied Statistics

Learners will gain an understanding of the statistical tests used in medical and health professions education research.  The focus is on understanding why a particular test is used and how to interpret and apply results obtained from each test.  Utilizing SPSS statistical analysis software, learners will perform all statistical procedures related to descriptive statistics and inferential statistics such as t-tests, analysis of variance, correlation, regression, and chi-square.  Visual representation of data will also be covered. 

Mixed Methods Research Designs

Learners will explore general qualitative/quantitative research methods used in medical and health professions education research.  The goal of the course is acquisition of skills needed to understand, plan, manage, analyze, and interpret studies where data is mixed (qualitative and quantitative).