M.S. HROD Concentration Health Professions Education

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:

  • Clinical Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Professional Development
  • Performance Improvement
  • Leadership Development

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.

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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 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:

Investigate Gap

Produce Interventions

Implement and Lead Change

Evaluate Outcomes

Integrate Foundational Knowledge and Skills

*Select one of these electives.

The current Program Requirement Form [PDF] outlines specific requirements and the Program Map [PDF] provides a visual presentation of the curriculum.

Admission Requirements

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

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

Please note: If you cannot complete the application prior to the final admission cycle deadline, contact the HPE Program Director, hpe@louisville.edu, to determine whether space remains so that you can be considered for admission.

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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:

  • Graduate School Application: Complete the online application to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies or submit a paper application.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work. Unconditional admission requires a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for all coursework taken.

    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.

  • GRE Scores (required for some): For applicants with less than a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and no 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.
    Need help preparing for the GRE? Sign up for a GRE Information Session.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Score (required for some): 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


To learn more about the HPE Program or for questions about applying, please contact us at: hpe@louisville.edu

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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 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.

What is the cost of the program?

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 ResidentsOut-of-State ResidentsActive 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
Ft. Knox Extended Campus$1,500 per 3-hour course$1,500 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.

Please note: Our program at the Ft. Knox Extended Campus is offered at a rate of $16,500 ($1,500 per 3-hour course), if the program is completed in four years.

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.

How long does it take to complete this degree?

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.

Who can apply for admission to the program?

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.

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.

When and where are the Certificate Courses held?

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.

Are any courses in the Master's in Health Professions Education Program offered solely online?

Yes, seven of the eleven courses can be taken entirely 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.

What are the assignments like?

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.

How much work does the program require?

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.

Will the courses taken in the HPE Certificate program apply to this master's program?

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.