MS Health Professions Education

Program Information

Offered through a partnership between the School of Medicine and the College of Education & Human Development at UofL, the online Master’s in Health Professions Education (MSHPE) is designed for healthcare professionals who plan to teach in their respective discipline—medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, or other health fields—and prepare to become effective educators in a clinical or classroom setting.




Program Highlights

  • Skip the GRE - it’s not required for admission.
  • Gain foundational knowledge on the theory, research and practice of education as it applies to health professions.
  • Take advantage of the flexibility and convenience of 100% online classes and 24/7 access to learning tools.
  • Start spring, summer or fall and earn your degree in about 2 years.
  • Explore principles and methods of teaching and learning within a healthcare context, including engaging learning techniques, instructional technology, diversity topics, learner assessment and more.
  • Learn from world-class and highly experienced faculty from UofL’s School of Medicine and College of Education & Human Development

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Online Courses

The online MSHPE program is an 11 course (33 credit hour) program that incorporates 5 core health professions education courses, 3 higher education courses, 2 elective courses and 1 exit requirement course.

CoursesCredit Hours
Health Professionals Education Core15
LEAD 607 Principles of Educational Leadership3
LEAD 650 Evaluation and Assessment in Health Professions Education3
LEAD 665 Foundations of Health Professions Education3
LEAD 675 Teaching & Learning in Health Professions Education3
LEAD 676 Instructional Strategies in Health Professions Education3
LEAD 685 Evidence-based Practice in Health Professions Education (HPE Capstone)3
Education Core9
LEAD 666 Program Development & Assessment in Higher Education OR
LEAD 600 Introduction to Research Methods
LEAD 694 Diversity in Higher Education3
Electives & Exit Requirement9
Electives (choose 2): LEAD 600, 661, 668, 670, 678, 681, 683, 6873
LEAD 697 Professional Project in Higher Education Exit Requirement3
The goal of the HPE program is to magnify the impact of the health professions educator. Not only do health professions educators improve the outcomes of their patients, but they significantly improve the educational outcomes of the practitioner learners and impact the patients that those learners ultimately care for in the future.
Stacie Saner, Ed.D., Program Director


The curriculum within UofL's MSHPE program will equip you with the skills and expertise to be a highly effective health professions educator. Many graduates become postsecondary health specialties instructors, which have an average annual salary of $124,890 ( Other career opportunities include clinical educator, program director, fellowship program director, healthcare education researcher, clerkship director and academic medical or dental faculty.


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Enrolled Student Resources

  • Course Registration - Sign up for your classes
  • Virtual Writing Center - Support from the first draft to the final product
  • Virtual Library - Find research resources and books
  • Tech Support - Troubleshoot your technology

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Admission Requirements

This program is open to all eligible students regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age.

Application DeadlineTermStart Month
August 1Fall IOctober
September 10Fall IIAugust
December 10Spring IJanuary
February 10Spring IIMarch
May 1SummerJune
  • Complete the online application to the Graduate School.
  • Unconditional admission requires a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 for all coursework taken at the undergraduate and/or graduate degree-granting institution; or a terminal professional degree (e.g., MD, DO, DMD, DNP, PhD, EdD).
    • Applicants with a GPA less than 2.5 at the undergraduate/graduate level may inquiry about conditional admission
  • Only official degree-bearing transcripts must be submitted by the applicant using appropriate methods (e.g., Parchment or National Clearinghouse) or be on file in the Office of Faculty Affairs (for applicants internal to UofL) when applying. Applicants should submit their most senior degree earned or that they are in the progress of earning.
  • International applicants with transcripts that are not in English, in addition to submitting official copies of native language records, must also submit a notarized, verbatim translation in English prepared by an appropriate university or government official. The records must show both the degree granted and all coursework taken during the course of study. Applicants who are submitting transcripts from outside the United States must verify their records by submitting them to one of the following organizations: World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), and other NACES approved evaluators found here
  • Students for whom English is not their primary language must show English language proficiency by successfully completing one of the following:
  • Current Resume/CV
  • Personal goal statement written by the applicant that is a clear, substantive description of your goals within health professions education (approx. 1-2 pages)
  • One letter of recommendation
  • GRE test scores are not required

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Why UofL Online

The University of Louisville (UofL) Online paves the way for students of all ages and backgrounds to achieve their academic, professional and personal goals through quality education.

With UofL Online you can:

  • access your program anytime, anywhere
  • get the one-on-one attention from your professors
  • collaborate on projects and assignments in real-time through virtual tools
  • build your professional network

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The University of Louisville is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

For program availability in your state visit State Authorization Regulations

For professional licensure information (if applicable) visit our Licensing Disclosures page.

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Contact Us

UofL Online Learning
Office Hours: M-TH, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ET) F, 8:30a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (ET)
Name: Erin Elrod
Phone: 800.871.8635

UofL School of Medicine
Office Hours: M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET)
Name: Staci Saner, Ed.D.
Title: Program Director
Phone: 502.852.1942

UofL Office of Admissions
Office Hours: M-F, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET)
Phone: 502.852.6531

UofL Office of Financial Aid
Office Hours: M-F, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (ET)
Phone: 502.852.5511