HPE Program

HPE Program

The Certificate in Health Professions Education (CHPE) is offered by the University of Louisville's College of Education and Human Development (CEHD).  The objective of the CHPE is to provide health professions faculty, residents, and graduate students in Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in an academic career. CHPE also aims to advance practitioner and patient education, health sciences education research, and enhance inter-and intra- disciplinary studies.

The program is designed to meet the educational needs of healthcare providers and is offered on the Health Sciences Center campus. The program consists of four classes that are taught in an accelerated hybrid format.  The individual courses are eight weeks long and will have 4 to 5 in-person meetings and 3 to 4 online asynchronous meetings.  The in-person classes are on Monday evenings from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Abell Administration Building.  The four courses include:

1st eight weeks of Fall semester

  • Foundations of Health Professions Education: This course provides a solid foundation to the profession of health education through a focus on professional roles and responsibilities an instructor of the adult learner.  Additionally, as an introduction to the profession, this course includes an overview of teaching and learning in health professions education, instructional strategies, assessment, and evidence-based practice.

2nd eight weeks of Fall semester

  • Teaching & Learning in Health Professions Education: This course introduces the fundamental principles of teaching and learning within health professions education. This course will include planning and preparing to teach, student motivation, and engagement. This course also discusses preparation and creating programs or courses in the health professions.

1st eight weeks of Spring semester

  • Instructional Strategies in Health Professions Education: This course is designed to facilitate understanding of instructional strategies and their practical application in the classroom and clinical settings. Through a hands-on approach to learning, participants will learn to apply effective strategies that stimulate critical thinking and creativity and promote cooperative learning.

2nd eight weeks of Spring semester

  • Evidence-based Practice in Health Professions Education: This course covers evidence-based decision-making as it applies to the assessment of teaching effectiveness, action research, scholarly research, and program evaluation. Coursework will be tailored to the interests and current role of the learner and culminate in a scholarly project where learners will demonstrate competence in Health Professions Education competencies.  This course is the capstone of the CHPE program and will be the final course to earn the program certificate.

CHPE includes four 3-credit hour graduate level courses, a total of 12 credit hours.  The courses are part of the College of Education and Human Development graduate curriculum and may later be applied directly to the Master of Science in Human Resources and Organizational Development degree.

For more information about the CHPE certificate program, contact Staci Saner, Program Director, at