HPE Graduate Certificate

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 The Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Education (HPE) program is offered by the University of Louisville's College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). The objective of the HPE 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 will have both synchronous and asynchronous components. The in-person classes are on Monday evenings from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the School of Nursing Building (K-Wing). 

The four courses include:

1st eight weeks of Fall semester

  • Foundations of Health Professions Education: This course provides a solid foundation for the health professions educator 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. Course begins in August 2022

2nd eight weeks of Fall semester

  • Teaching & Learning in Health Professions Education: 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. Course begins in October 2022 

1st eight weeks of Spring semester

  • Instructional Strategies in Health Professions Education: This course facilitates understanding of instructional strategies and their practical application in 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. Course begins in January 2022 

2nd eight weeks of Spring semester

  • Evidence-based Practice in Health Professions Education: This capstone course covers evidence-based decision-making in the assessment of teaching effectiveness, scholarly research, and program evaluation. Coursework will be tailored to the interests and role of learners and culminate in a scholarly project where learners demonstrate competence in Health Professions Education. As the CHPE program capstone, this is the final course taken to earn the HPE certificate. Course begins in March 2022

HPE includes four 3-credit hour graduate level courses, a total of 12 credit hours.  The courses are part of the College of Education and Human Development 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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