HPE Graduate Certificate

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  • Learn how to design curricula that will cultivate critical thinking and clinical reasoning, creating a student-centered learning environment.
  • Develop your educational philosophy and apply what you learn appropriately to your current and future teaching practices.
  • Gain the skills to instruct a diverse group of learners and prepare them to make a positive impact on the next generation of healthcare providers.


HPE 650 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 665 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.

HPE 675 Program Development

Explore the intricacies of health professions education through the lens of program development. This course equips learners with the knowledge and skills to apply course design concepts, articulate specific and measurable learning outcomes, develop educational plans spanning from individual courses to entire curricula, and practice the art of constructive developmental feedback, fostering a culture of continuous improvement in health professions education.

HPE 676 Instructional Strategies in Health Professions Education

This course is designed to facilitate understanding of instructional strategies and their effective application in the classroom and clinical settings. Through a hands-on approach to learning, participants will learn to apply effective strategies that stimulate critical thinking and creativity and promote cooperative learning. Teaching methods to be covered include presentation and facilitation skills, teaching at the bedside, appropriate use of instructional technology, and assessment of teaching effectiveness.

Admissions Requirements 

  • 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.
  • Current Resume
  • All applicants for whom English is a second language must also submit official TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 213 or higher on the computer-based test. English proficiency can also be met by submitting official IELTS scores of at least 6.5 overall band score from the academic module exam or an official Duolingo overall score of 105. Students holding a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution in the United States may be exempt from this requirement.
  • Personal goal statement written by the applicant that is a clear, substantive description of your goals within health professions education (approx. 1-2 pages)
  • Two letters of recommendation. 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.

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.

Contact us at HPE@louisville.edu for any course questions.