Master of Science in HPE

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  • Skip the GRE – it’s not required for admissions.
  • Gain foundational knowledge on the theory, research, and practice of education as it applies to health professions and become an effective educator in the classroom and/or clinical environment.
  • Take advantage of the flexibility and convenience of 100% online classes and 24/7 access to learning tools.
  • 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.
  • Start spring, summer, or fall and earn your degree in about 2 years.

Admission Requirements

  • 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 inquire about conditional admission
  • Current Resume/CV
  • One letter of recommendation from a person(s) familiar with your academic or professional work
  • Personal goal statement written by the applicant that is a clear, substantive description of your goals within health professions education (approx. 1-2 pages)
  • English language proficiency - Students for whom English is not their primary language must show English language proficiency by successfully completing the international admission requirements.
  • GRE test scores are not required

Core Courses

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 658 Principles of Educational Leadership

This course will introduce learners to key leadership concepts in health professions education. The course will help the learner develop their educator identity and be able to help their colleagues do the same in an academic health care center. This course will also apply culturally responsive teaching practices to engage learners through diverse strategies and prioritize inclusivity in teaching. The goal is to develop tools and skills to lead effectively at an academic center.

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.

HPE 685 Evidence-Based Practice in Health Professions Education

Through a clinical model, this course covers evidence-based decision-making as it applies to assessment of teaching effectiveness, action research, scholarly research, and program evaluation. Coursework will be tailored to the interests and current role of the learner and culminate in a scholarly project where learners will demonstrate competence in evidence-based decision-making and Health Professions Education competencies.

HPE 694 Diversity in Higher Education

The purpose of this course is to explore the relationships among major forms of diversity (e.g., religion, class, race, ethnicity, gender, ability, age, sexual orientation, nationality, nativism) and education in the health professions. Specifically, students will consider how diversity has shaped and continues to impact various healthcare domains (e.g., healthcare practice, training and student education, faculty practice, organization and structure) and how leaders in health professions education can be positive change agents regarding the diversity agenda.

HPE 697 Professional Project in Higher Education Exit Requirement (16-week course)

In the HPE Capstone course, students will master the art of devising improvement plans for their home institutions, with a specialized focus on effective assessment strategies. Delving into the intricacies of health professions education, participants critically evaluate the roles of institutional agents and stakeholders, examining potential disparities in impact. Through the integration of acquired knowledge and skills from previous HPE courses, students actively apply their expertise to drive meaningful enhancements in health professions education, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the purposes, processes, and outcomes of educational improvement efforts.

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