The Graduate Certificate in Medical and Health Professions Education-Teaching provides advanced skills in developing appropriate instruction, curriculum and assessment strategies for academic and clinical settings with an emphasis on real-world, practical applications. This certificate program is designed for those who:

  • Wish to become more of an educational leader at their institution
  • Teach or plan to teach students, residents or other medical and health professionals
  • Play a role in curriculum development, revision or evaluation

Course Requirements

MHPE 600 Applied Learning Theories    3 Credits
MHPE 601 Instructional Methods    3 Credits
MHPE 602 Curriculum Development    3 Credits
MHPE 603 Assessment of Learning    3 Credits
  Total    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-Teaching 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

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 applied through practical application.

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