Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Education

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 This program was redesigned in the fall of 2016 with the help of HSC faculty and the University of Louisville School of Education and Human Development. The program will be offered at the HSC and will consist of four classes that directly relate to your role as a health science educator. Courses are taught one evening per week throughout the semester. The four courses include:

  • Foundations of Health Professions Education: This course provides a solid foundation to the profession of health education through a focus on professional roles and responsibilities,ethics and cultural competence, leadership and collaboration, and 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,evidence-based practice, and research.
  • Teaching & Learning in Health Professions Education: This course introduces the principles and theories of teaching and learning within health professions education. Within a health context, this course will cover planning and preparing to teach, student motivation and engagement, and assessing the teaching-learning environment.
  • 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.
  • 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 Health Professions Education competencies.

The objective of the Certificate in Health Professions Education (CHPE) is to provide health professions faculty, residents, and graduate students from Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in an academic career. The program is designed to help University of Louisville fulfill its mission of becoming a premier nationally recognized metropolitan research university by working to improve the quality of instruction on the HSC, including practitioner and patient education, to improve health sciences education research, and to support inter-and intra-disciplinary studies.

For more details about this program and information on how to apply, visit their Website or contact Dr. Brad Shuck, Program Director, Health Professions Education at