Master of Science in Health Sciences Education

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The new Health Sciences Education (HSE) program provides a wide range of practical training for health sciences educators in the principles of education and teaching applicable to their specific health sciences discipline. HSE is offered through the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS), in collaboration with the School of Education (SED).

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The HSE program will prepare students to emerge as leaders in education in their health sciences field. Students will develop advanced skills in curriculum development, classroom and clinical teaching, student and program evaluation and how to evaluate and apply the best available evidence to inform their educational practices. Graduates will be capable of preparing novel health sciences curricula specific to local needs, including competency-based goals and objectives, innovative and proven teaching methods, and a variety of evaluations of measurable and meaningful learning outcomes. Graduates will also be capable of offering local expertise and mentorship in both classroom and clinical settings. Participants will hone and target their skills through their practicum focused on an area of health sciences education that is most relevant to their current or intended future careers.


  • Develop expertise in teaching and education, specifically in Health Sciences professions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Curriculum development in health sciences education
  • Teaching methods in health sciences education
  • Evaluation and assessment of health sciences students and educational programs
  • Research in health sciences education

  • Program offers both a certificate and masters degree.
  • Program is flexible and can be completed FT in one year or PT over several years.
  • The certificate program requires 16 credits and all core courses.
  • The masters program requires 32 cr
  • Both program options included a set of core classes (7  for MS and 5 for Certificate)
  • Students choice of both electives and an individualized practicum under a faculty mentor allow students to gain experience in their chosen discipline.

Additional details can be found on the curriculum page.

All applicants must already have completed a degree in a health sciences discipline.

Individuals who have earned a terminal degree (MD, PhD, DO, etc.):

  • You may apply to either the Certificate or Masters program, even if you have no previous work experience.

Individuals who have earned a Masters degree in a health sciences discipline:

  • You must have one year of work experience in your health sciences discipline to be eligible for application to the Masters program; work experience is not a prerequisite to apply to the Certificate program.

Individuals who have earned a Bachelors degree in a health sciences discipline:

  • You must have a minimum of three years work experience in your health sciences discipline to be eligible to apply to the Masters program and two years of work experience to be eligible to apply to the Certificate program.

Additional requirements for all applicants can be found on the HSE admissions site. 

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Jeff Markuns, MD, EdM
Program Director
Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine

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