Overview and Courses
Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Education
The Certificate in Health Professions Education (CHPE) is offered through a partnership between the College of Education and Human Development and the School of Medicine. The program is designed for specifically for faculty, future faculty, residents and graduate students in the health sciences including medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health, clinical and allied health professions. The program includes four graduate-level credit courses (12 total credit hours), and the Certificate is an academic credential offered through the U of L Graduate School.
All courses are part of the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) graduate curriculum and may be applied to other degree programs such as a Masters degree. Each course is grounded on the plan for the corresponding course taught in the CEHD but is focused primarily for healthcare educators. For example, instructional techniques include working not only in the classroom, but also at the bedside, and in the clinic. Class projects are designed for the healthcare environment.
Program courses follow the Belknap Campus semester schedule, but meet on the Health Sciences Campus. Courses are taught in the evening and are web-enhanced with approximately 1/3 of weekly work assignments completed online. Students enrolled in other education degree programs may substitute a more advanced statistics course for ELFH 600, if they prefer.
The Certification, awarded by the University of Louisville Graduate School, includes four graduate-level courses for a total of 12 credit hours.
Students must be admitted to the University of Louisville Graduate School before enrolling. (Prospective students must submit an online application for admission to the University Graduate School).
All courses are part of the College of Education and Human Development graduate curriculum, and may be applied to other degree programs such as a Master of Education. Courses are graded rather than pass/fail.
The courses follow the U of L Belknap campus semester schedule, but are offered on the Health Sciences Campus. Courses are tailored specifically to meet the needs of educators and/or future educators in the health professions. Tuition remission applies to all full-time and most part-time U of L employees.
All courses are taught in the evening and are web enhanced with approximately 1/3 of weekly course assignments completed online using the BlackBoard course management system.
The program is interdisciplinary and includes faculty with MDs, PhDs, RNs, and some future faculty still completing their terminal degrees.
Students enrolled in other education degree programs may substitute a more advanced statistics course for the ELFH 600, if they wish to do so.
For additional information about the program, contact Dr. Michael Rowland, Program Director at email@example.com.
The current course sequence is as follows:
ELFH 600, Introduction to Research Methods (Fall 2012): A project based course with emphasis on how to teach research problem identification, research methodologies, including qualitative methodology, and introductory statistics. This course is designed for those with a minimum level of research experience.
ELFH 606, Program Evaluation and Planning (Spring 2013): The purpose of this course is to provide learners with a preliminary understanding of the field of program evaluation. The course will focus on the theories, techniques and current methods of program evaluation.
ELFH 683, Introduction to College Teaching (Fall 2013): The course focus is on syllabus development, teaching and assessment strategies, student rights, the role of research and publication in the academic arena.
ELFH 661, Adult Development and Learning (Spring 2012): The purpose of this course is to assist learners in a critical analysis of the theoretical framework of adult learning throughout the lifespan and the developmental issues of adults.
Please note that the requirements listed below are general requirements for the graduate school. Please contact the Program Director for specific program admission requirements.
Prospective students must submit an online application for admission to the University of Louisville Graduate School.
Students are required to submit all official transcripts. The minimum requirement for admission is the baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution.
Each applicant is required to submit at least two letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the applicant’s academic and/or professional capabilities.
Each applicant is required to submit official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). To be considered for unconditional admission, students are required to have a minimum combined score of 800.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for all foreign students from countries in which English is not the native language. Students holding a baccalaureate or advanced degree from an accredited institution in the United States are exempt from this requirement.
For unconditional admission, students are required to have a 2.75 cumulative grade point average or 2.75 grade point average for the senior college years.
Full applications should be received by July 1 (Fall admission), December 1 (Spring admission) or May 1 (Summer admission). Before submitting an application, you should speak with the Program Director, Dr. Michael Rowland, to determine suitability for the program for your career goals.
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For additional program information, please contact the Program Director, Dr. Michael Rowland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid
Tuition and fee information is available on the Bursar's Office website. Tuition remission applies to all University of Louisville full-time employees and most part-time employees.
CERTIFICATE IN HEALTH PROFESSIONS EDUCATION
Who can apply for the Certificate in Health Professions Education Program?
The Certificate in Health Professions Education Program is aimed primarily at healthcare professionals who are currently teaching in a healthcare educational program and would like to enhance their teaching skills. The Certificate program is especially beneficial for physicians, dentists, nurses, researchers, dental hygienists, and others interested in a career teaching at an academic health center.
The University of Louisville Certificate in Health Professions Education program is awarded by the U of L Graduate School and includes four graduate level courses, for a total of 12 credit hours. Students must be admitted to the University of Louisville Graduate School before enrolling in the program.
When and where are the Certificate Courses held?
Classes are held on the University of Louisville Health Sciences Campus. All courses are taught face-to-face in the evening and web enhanced; with approximately one-third of the work assignments completed online using the Blackboard® course management system. Live classes meet for two and one-half hours per week from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., usually on Thursday evenings.
How long does it usually take to complete the Certificate in Health Professions Education Program?
The program consists of four graduate level courses, one course is taught each semester over a two-year cycle, a total of 12 hours of academic course credit. All courses are part of the College of Education graduate curriculum, and may be applied to other degree programs such as a Master of Education, pending approval of your advisor.
What is the estimated cost of the program?
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.
Are any courses in the Certificate in Health Professions Education Program offered solely on-line?
Courses in the Certificate in Health Professions Education program are taught as a hybrid, which means that some class sessions are traditional face-to-face meetings and other classes are online. At this time, we do not offer any courses that are totally online.
Does the Certificate in Health Professions Education program follow the University of Louisville calendar?
Yes, the courses in the Health Professions Education program follow the University of Louisville Belknap semester schedule.
How do I apply for admission?
Applicants must meet the standards of general admission to the University Graduate School. Please follow the link below for admissions information and to apply to the graduate school.
Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required?
If you have a terminal degree, (e.g. MD, DDS, etc.) you do not need to take the GRE.
Will the courses taken in the certificate program apply to a Master’s or Doctoral program?
Yes, two of the Certificate program courses could be considered as electives, but are subject to the approval of your advisor if you want them to count toward a masters or doctoral program.