The Master's in Human Resources and Organization Development with a concentration in Health Professions Education educates professionals who lead performance, development, and learning in the health professions through discovery and critical inquiry. Through the program, you can develop skills by exploring cutting-edge concepts and designing hands-on and research-based projects related to:
The HPE Master's program is offered through an innovative partnership between the College of Education and Human Development and the School of Medicine. The program is designed for those involved in education, learning, and performance improvement in healthcare settings. The program includes faculty, future faculty, residents, clinical educators, and graduate students in health sciences fields such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health, clinical and allied health professions.
In all of your courses, you will conduct projects for the healthcare environment. Four of the eleven courses are specifically designed for the Health Professions Education program. In these HPE-specific courses, the readings and class projects are oriented toward healthcare contexts. For example, instructional techniques in healthcare include teaching at the bedside and in clinical settings. Specific theories and techniques are needed for such environments.
Nearly all courses are available face-to-face in the evenings and seven are offered online. Most part-time students complete the program in 2-3 years; however, you can take up to six years.
The Course Schedule Planner [PDF] outlines the semester in which courses will be offered. The program requires 11 courses--33 hours (portfolio/fieldwork option) or 36 hours (thesis option).
Competencies are developed through five program goals and a final capstone experience:
*Select one of these electives.
New students can begin courses in the fall, spring, or summer terms. The HROD Admissions Committee has five review cycles each year:
|Admission Cycle||Deadline for Submission of ALL Materials||Term for Admission|
|Cycle 1||February 1||Summer or Fall|
|Cycle 2||April 15||Summer or Fall|
|Cycle 3||August 1||Fall|
|Cycle 4||October 1||Spring|
|Cycle 5||December 1||Spring or Summer|
Please note: If you cannot complete the application prior to the final admission cycle deadline, contact the HPE Program Director, Dr. Michael Rowland, to determine whether space remains so that you can be considered for admission.
Admission is competitive. Meeting the GRE and GPA minimums does not guarantee acceptance into the program. The HROD Admissions Committee requires the following materials to make a decision about admission:
Applicants who have attended a college or university outside of the United States are also required to submit an evaluation of their transcript through either WES (World Education Services) or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators). Please note that transcript evaluations can sometimes take several weeks.
Michael Rowland, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Health Professions Education Program Director
Once you are admitted to the program, you may request to transfer up to 6 credit hours, if the HROD Program Committee approves the request. Courses can be transferred only if they cover the same content as a course in our program. After HROD approval, transfer requests are submitted to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.
The program requires 11 courses. Tuition amounts are for the 2012-2013 school year, and change each year, as determined by the Board of Trustees. The amounts below include all tuition fees, excluding books.
|Kentucky Residents||Out-of-State Residents||Active Duty Military Students|
|Face-to-Face Courses||$1,713 per 3-hour course||$3,564 per 3-hour course||$750 per 3-hour course|
|Online Courses||$1,980 per 3-hour course||$1,980 per 3-hour course||$750 per 3-hour course|
For additional information about tuition/fees, please visit the Bursar's Office website and go to their tuition/fees page.
Tuition remission is available to all full-time and most part-time University of Louisville employees. Books and/or other course materials must be purchased by participants.
Full-time students need at least a year and a half to complete the degree. Most part-time students complete the program in 2-3 years. However, you can take up to six years to finish. Students with full-time jobs cannot take more than two courses per semester.
The program is aimed primarily at healthcare professionals who are currently educators in a healthcare professional educational program and would like to become better educators. The certificate program is especially beneficial for physicians, dentists, nurses, researchers, dental hygienists, and others interested in teaching, education, and training careers.
If you have a terminal degree, (e.g., M.D., D.D.S., Ph.D.) you do not need to take the GRE.
The four HPE-specific courses are held on the University of Louisville Health Sciences Campus. The other HROD courses are offered at convenient off-site locations and online. Live classes meet from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. Online courses meet once per week via online conferencing software from 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Yes, seven of the eleven courses can be taken entirely online.
Yes, the courses in the Health Professions Education program follow the University of Louisville Belknap semester schedule.
All courses require readings, smaller assignments, and a Hallmark Assessment. The Hallmark Assessment is the culminating large project that requires that you integrate most of the course content into one large task. Most Hallmark Assessments require that you conduct a project in a real work situation.
The faculty members expect that you will work hard, think deeply, and apply what you've learned to real-life situations. The courses require that you think critically and use sound ideas, in order to move beyond fads and temporary trends.
Yes. However, you need to apply for admission to the master's program before beginning your third course in the certificate program. Otherwise, you must submit a petition for approval to use the other courses.