Explore Medical & Health Professions Education, PhD/EdD

The Doctoral program in Medical & Health Professions Education is a 3-year, 48-credit primarily distance learning doctoral program with three concentrations. Graduates of the program will be prepared to become teaching faculty, educational scholars and leaders.


The Doctoral Program in Medical & Health Professions Education leads to either the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Education (EdD) degree. The PhD track allows graduates to pursue careers in scholarly practice, research or teaching at the university or college level. The EdD track allows graduates to pursue administrative leadership in medical and health professions education institutions. 

This program offers the following concentration areas:

Higher Education (PhD or EdD)

The Higher Education concentration allows students to pursue or further their careers in academics, research or administration in educational institutions. This concentration explores higher education structure and oversight and data science in higher education, includes study of current issues in higher education and diversity in higher education as well as a practicum experience, which provides students with an in-depth supervised experience.  Application of principles to medical and health professions education is expected.

Contemporary Human Anatomy Education (PhD)

This concentration will provide students who desire a career focus in education with extensive training in the anatomical sciences coupled with sufficient teaching experience to be fully prepared to assume positions as contemporary human anatomy educators at the PhD level. 

Ultrasound and Imaging Education (PhD)

The Ultrasound and Imaging Education concentration shapes students into educators capable of developing, managing and delivering ultrasound education programs to meet the increasing demand for sonographers. 


Students will complete a curriculum developed by educators, basic scientists and clinicians to provide substantial exposure to a broad range of topics such as adult learning theory, instructional methods, curriculum development, assessment of learning, leadership and professionalism, research methods, program evaluation, issues in higher education, data science, technology and continual learning within a concentration area.

The curriculum is made up of three major components:

  • MHPE core courses (21 credits)
  • Concentration courses plus Research (18 credits)
  • Research courses (9 credits)