Explore Graduate Certificates

Learn new skills in leadership, scholarship and teaching or enhance your knowledge of simulation education through one of the four graduate certificates offered through EVMS Medical and Health Professions Education.

Classes are taught online (asynchronous), which is ideal for participants who have professional and family responsibilities. The curriculum for each certificate is outlined below.

The MHPE Leadership Certificate 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. 

This certificate is for anyone preparing for educational leadership positions at their 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

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.  

The MHPE Scholarship Certificate 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.  

This certificate is for anyone interested in enhancing their 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

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). 

 

The MHPE Simulation Program Management Certificate is jointly administered by the School of Health Professions and the Sentara Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning (SCSIL).  We designed this certificate for healthcare professionals who are interested in enhancing their simulation education knowledge and skills. 

This certificate provides medical and health professionals new skills to build increased competence in simulation. It supplies learners with skills in designing and delivering effective simulated learning experiences, a better understanding of simulation technology, and a better understanding of the business of simulation. This program can be useful if you:

  • Are working in or preparing to work at a healthcare simulation center focused on learners who are undergraduate students, graduate students, and practitioners
  • Are seeking ways to broaden your knowledge of the business of simulation
  • Wish to improve your healthcare simulation knowledge and skills

Course Requirements

MHPE 704 Simulation in Healthcare    3 Credits
MHPE 720 Simulation Tools and Techniques    3 Credits
MHPE 725 Business of Simulation    3 Credits
MHPE 730  Capstone   3 Credits
  Total   12 Credits

Course Descriptions

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.

Simulation Tools & Techniques

Healthcare simulationists have access to myriad simulation tools and techniques to support simulation-based learning.  While some tools are commercially available, there are an assortment of tools  that can be “home-grown.”  This course will explore the broad scope of commercial and “home-grown” simulation tools and techniques available to the modern educator.

Business of Simulation

Today’s simulation centers are analogous to small businesses, in that they involve small teams leveraging limited resources to support the mission critical needs of clients (students, faculty, residents, practicing clinicians, etc.).  Often, simulation centers are established without an understanding of the long-term resource requirements – be they market share, funding, staff, equipment, or space.  This course will explore the core business principles required to help leaders both better manage their center and develop or hone their business model.

Capstone

This course capstone provides students with an in-depth, supervised opportunity to apply knowledge and skills gained in the first three courses.  Students will focus on improving an existing simulation program, solving a problem in an existing simulation program, or building a simulation program from scratch based on what is most relevant to them. 

 

The MHPE Teaching Certificate 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 608 Sociocultural Contexts of Teaching and Learning    3 Credits
MHPE 609 Designing Educational Experiences    3 Credits
MHPE 610 Practicum (Virtual)    3 Credits
  Total    9 Credits

Course Descriptions

Sociocultural Contexts of Teaching and Learning

The goal of the course is to provide learners with a strong background for designing educational experiences, planning educational programs, and conducting research on a variety of teaching and learning-related questions. Application of principles to medical and health professions education is expected. The course is designed to help participants consider the meaning of learning and the various contextual factors that influence the learning process in higher education. This course explores the application of the learning science in the design of learning environments. Learners evaluate inclusive, diverse, and equitable educational environments and use insights to improve practices, as well as the technologies higher education institutions use to document and assess learning.

Designing Educational Experiences

This course prepares learners 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 will analyze a wide range of instructional methods and then design an array of formative and summative assessments utilizing evidence-based assessment instruments and techniques. 

Practicum

The practicum provides learners with an in-depth supervised opportunity to apply knowledge and skills gained in the two MHPE core teaching courses – Sociocultural Contexts of Teaching and Learning and Designing Educational Experiences. Working as part of a simulated faculty team, learners will completely develop all components of an online course.  This is a virtual practicum.