MS in Health Professions Education

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The Master of Science in Health Professions Education 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. The Health Professions Education program is offered through Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS), in collaboration with the School of Education (SED).All required courses will be available online, starting June 2019.

Program Overview

The Health Professions Education program aims to develop expertise in teaching and education, specifically in health sciences professions. The program prepares students to emerge as leaders in education in their health sciences field. Students 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.

Learning Objectives include:

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

Curriculum Overview:

  • Program offers both a certificate and masters degree, which can be completed in one year or several years
  • The certificate program requires 16 credits of courses and the masters program requires 32 credits of core courses and electives chosen by the student
  • An individualized practicum under a faculty mentor allow students to gain experience in their chosen discipline

Learn more about the health professions education curriculum.


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

  • Individuals with a terminal degree (MD, PhD, DO, etc.)  may apply to either the Certificate or Masters program with no previous work experience.
  • Individuals with a Masters degree in a health professions discipline must have one year of work experience in the health professions discipline to apply to the Masters program but no work experience is required to apply to the Certificate program.
  • Individuals with a Bachelors degree in a health professions discipline must have a minimum of three years work experience in your health professions discipline to apply to the Masters program and two years of work experience to apply to the Certificate program.

Admissions Options:

(1) MS program

(2) Certificate Program

(3) Non-Degree and take course(s)

Tracks 1 and 2 apply through  GMS   and WebAdmit where as non-degree applicants must complete the non-degree application information found here

Learn more about requirements for application to the Health Professions Education programs.

Learn more about general GMS admissions.

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Lindsay Demers, MS, PhD
Assistant Director
DirectorEducation Evaluation Core
Assistant Professor of Medicine

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