Term 1 | Fall - Year One
Course Number Course Name Credits
MHPE 608 Sociocultural Contexts of Teaching and Learning 3
MHPE 615 Current Issues in Higher Education 3
Term 2 | Spring - Year One
MHPE 609 Designing Educational Experiences 3
MHPE 720 Diversity in Higher Education  3
Term 3 | Summer - Year One
MHPE 700 Leadership and Professionalism 3
MHPE 610 Practicum (virtual) 3
Term 4 | Fall - Year Two
MHPE 715 Educational Scholarship Methods 3
MHPE 702 Program Evaluation 3
Term 5 | Spring - Year Two
MHPE 704 Simulation in Healthcare 3
MHPE 614 Organization & Management in Higher Education 3
MHPE 708 Capstone 1


Course Descriptions

Sociocultural Contexts of Teaching and Learning

The goals of this course are 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 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.

Current Issues in Higher Education

Learners identify and reflect on core issues in higher education and investigate competencies necessary for educational leaders to demonstrate effectiveness in leadership around these issues. Application of principles to medical and health professions education is expected. Topics related to academic and student affairs will be identified and examined. Learners are expected to develop a professional development plan for addressing gaps in knowledge, skills, and abilities around identified issues.

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.

Diversity in Higher Education

Learners will reflect upon and articulate an understanding of ethnic and cultural diversity in higher education. Application of principles to medical and health professions education is expected. Learners will research and determine ways to address issues such as equity, unconscious bias, and access to high-quality education and develop effective teaching strategies illustrating best practices in establishing ideal learning environments.

Leadership & Professionalism

This course will expose learners to effective leadership approaches and skillsets.  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.


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.

Educational Scholarship Methods

Within the context of Boyer’s four models of scholarship, 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 the presentation of an evaluation report based on data from actual educational programs.

Organization & Management 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.

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.


The capstone experience provides the learner the opportunity to present a program portfolio demonstrating achievement of all program goals and student learning outcomes.