Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Education


Apply Now!The Certificate in Health Professions Education (CHPE) is offered by the University of Louisville’s (UofL) College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). The program is designed to meet the educational needs of healthcare providers and is offered on the Health Sciences Center (HSC) campus. The program consists of four classes that are taught in an accelerated hybrid format. Which means, 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 – 8:00 p.m. in the Abell Administration Center.

For more information about the CHPE certificate, please review the information below and contact Staci Saner, M.Ed. at with further questions.

CPHE Benefits:

For more details about program curriculum, visit the Graduate Catalog.

The current course sequence is as follows:

**LEAD 665, Foundations of Health Professions Education (1st 8 weeks of Fall semester)
This course provides a solid foundation to the profession of health education through a focus on professional roles and responsibilities as 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.
LEAD 675, Teaching & Learning in Health Professions Education (2nd 8 weeks of Fall semester)
This course introduces fundamental principles of teaching and learning within health professions education. The course will include planning and preparing to teach, student motivation and engagement. This course also discusses planning and creating programs or courses in the health professions
LEAD 676, Instructional Strategies in Health Professions Education (1st 8 weeks of Spring semester)
This course is designed to facilitate understanding of instructional strategies and their practical application in the classroom, small group, and clinical settings. Through a hands-on approach to learning, participants will learn to apply strategies that stimulate critical thinking, creativity, and promote cooperative learning.
LEAD 685, Evidence-based Practice in Health Professions Education (2nd 8 weeks of Spring semester)
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 demonstrate competence in Health Professions Education competencies. This course is the capstone of the CHPE program and will be the final course to take in the program to earn the certificate.

The CHPE is specifically designed for health professions faculty, residents, and graduate students in Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health. It supports UofL in fulfilling its mission to become a premier nationally recognized, metropolitan, research university by working to improve the quality of instruction on the Health Sciences Center. CHPE also aims to advance practitioner and patient education, health sciences education research, and enhance inter-and intra-disciplinary studies.

Admission Requirements

New students can begin courses in the fall, spring, or summer terms. The HROD Admissions Committee has five review cycles each year:

Admission CycleDeadline for Submission of ALL MaterialsTerm for Admission
Fall Admissions CycleJune 15thFall
Spring Admissions CycleOctober 15thSpring
Summer Admissions CycleFebruary 15thSummer

Please note: If you cannot complete the application prior to the final admission cycle deadline, contact the HPE Program Director at, 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:

  • Complete the online application to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.
  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work. Unconditional admission requires a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for all coursework taken AND a minimum GPA of 2.75 for coursework at the undergraduate degree-granting institution.
  • For applicants without a terminal degree (e.g., M.D., D.D.S., Ph.D.), you must submit GRE scores.

    --GRE scores prior to August 1, 2011 must be a minimum of 800 (combined verbal and quantitative) for consideration for unconditional admission.
    --GRE scores under the current exam must be a minimum of 146 (verbal) and 140 (quantitative) for consideration for unconditional admission.
    Please note: when submitting GRE scores through ETS, have scores sent to the general University of Louisville code, 1838.
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  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score for international students from countries where English is not the native language. Students holding a baccalaureate or advanced degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. are exempt from this requirement.
  • Two letters of recommendation [PDF]. If you have studied at a college or university in the last five years, the admissions committee prefers to see at least one letter from a faculty member. Other references can include work supervisors. Personal references (e.g. family, friends) are not accepted.
  • Goal Statement Sheet [PDF]. The Admissions Committee evaluates applications based on how an applicant's goals, professional experiences, and commitment to education are an appropriate fit with this program.
  • Current Resume

If you have questions about applying to the program, please email or call Education Advising and Student Services at 502-852-5597.


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Frequently Asked Questions

I have some credit hours from another program/university. Can the credit be transferred?

Once you are admitted to the program, you may request to transfer up to 6 credit hours, if the HPE Program Committee approves the request. Courses can be transferred only if they cover the same content as a course in our program. After approval, transfer requests are submitted to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies..

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 educators in a healthcare environment 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.

What is the estimated cost of the program?

For 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.

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 and meet for two and one-half hours per week from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m., usually on Thursday evenings.

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 face-to-face. However, the other seven courses in our Master’s Concentration in Health Professions are offered online or face-to-face.

How long does it take to complete 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.

Is this Certificate associated with a master's degree program?

Yes, this program is associated with a Master’s concentration in Health Professions Education. The four courses in this certificate can be applied to our master’s concentration. You can be concurrently enrolled in the master’s program and the graduate certificate programs

Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required?

If you have a terminal degree, (e.g., M.D., D.D.S., Ph.D.) you do not need to take the GRE.

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?

Applications must meet the standards of general admission to the University's Graduate School. Please follow the admission information to apply to the graduate school.

Will the courses taken in the certificate program apply to a Master's or Doctoral program outside the College of Education and Human Development?

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.