HPE Graduate Certificate

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The Graduate Ce rtificate in Health Professions Education (HPE) program is offered by the University of Louisville School of Medicine. The objective of the HPE program 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. HPE 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 are 100% asychronous online.

The four courses include:

1st eight weeks of Fall semester

  • Instructional Strategies in Health Professions Education

2nd eight weeks of Fall semester

  • Program Development in Health Professions Education

1st eight weeks of Spring semester

  • Teaching and Learning in Health Professions Education: This course empowers participants to integrate learning science into pedagogical approaches, enabling them to guide learners effectively in optimal study practices. Through a comprehensive exploration of educational theory, students gain the expertise to select and apply instructional methods tailored to diverse learner needs in both clinical and didactic settings. Emphasizing evidence-based strategies, the course equips individuals to identify and implement effective instructional approaches, fostering an inclusive and impactful learning environment for health professions education.

2nd eight weeks of Spring semester

  • Evaluation and Assessment in Health Professions Education: Through a clinical model for the health professions, this course covers student assessment methods and measurements, feedback in the clinical learning environment, competency-based assessment, the use of simulated patients to assess clinical skills, and the evaluation of clinical teaching effectiveness. Coursework will be tailored to the interests and current role of the learner and will culminate in a scholarly project where learners demonstrate competence in assessment and evaluation for Health Professions Education.

HPE includes four 3-credit hour graduate level courses, a total of 12 credit hours, and the courses are part of the School of Medicine's 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 HPE certificate program, contact Staci Saner, Program Director, at 

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