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 613 Community Partnerships in Health Professions Education 3
Term 3 | Summer - Year One
MHPE 720 Diversity in Higher Education 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 will explore issues of contemporary concern among higher education practitioners, faculty, and administrators. The course utilizes a historical perspective to establish the background for the discussion of the issues influencing higher education today. Topics related to academic and student affairs in academic health centers will be identified and examined. Coursework and readings provide a nuanced understanding of differing perspectives on complex issues. Learners will utilize higher education research to examine issues, identify pros and cons, and challenge assumptions. Doctoral-level writing is emphasized.

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.

Community Partnerships in Health Professions Education

This course is designed to prepare health professions educators and administrators to embrace and model a commitment to service through effective community engagement practices. During this course, students will explore, analyze, and discuss partnership frameworks with diverse stakeholders including state and federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and other educational institutions, and will apply philosophies and techniques for effective cross-sector collaboration.


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

Program evaluation is a relatively young discipline in the formal sense of systematically collecting data for the purpose of informing decision-making. Program evaluation builds on many other disciplines to include social sciences, education, and statistics. In this course, we will explore the philosophical and theoretical roots of evaluation and the bridge between those roots and evaluation practice. In particular, we will discuss the meaning of evaluation and its historical roots; philosophical and theoretical orientations that provide guidance for thinking about evaluation; and finally, we will cover the specifics of planning, implementing, and managing the evaluation process.

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.


Capstone is a project-based course in which learners demonstrate evidence of learning across program goals and student learning outcomes. Students propose a project aligned with personal or professional goals and interests which intersect with program goals of teaching, scholarship, and/or community engaged leadership. Projects may include, but are not limited to, teaching and design endeavors, scholarship support tasks including data management, analysis, or reporting, scholarship of teaching and learning projects, or a program portfolio representing learning across goals.