MS in Health Sciences Education

The MS in Health Sciences Education program is designed for students who are interested in building their teaching and educational skills in a medical, biomedical, or health professions field.

The goals of the program are to prepare educators in the health sciences who can:

  1. Design and implement innovative curricula and educational programs for learners within the health sciences.
  2. Demonstrate skills in a variety of classroom-based and clinical teaching methods and apply these to actively engage and support learners in a range of health sciences settings.
  3. Prepare, deliver, and analyze evaluations of health sciences students and educational programs.
  4. Provide mentorship and leadership for both educational programs and initiatives within the health sciences.
  5. Evaluate, synthesize, and apply educational research in various health sciences educational settings.
  6. Model and facilitate lifelong learning.

This program will prepare students to emerge as leaders in education in their health sciences field. Students will be capable of preparing novel health sciences curricula specific to local needs, including competency-based goals and objectives, innovative and proven teaching methods, and a variety of evaluations of measurable and meaningful learning outcomes. Graduates will also be capable of offering local expertise and mentorship in both classroom and clinical teaching.

The program is a 32-credit Master of Science degree that includes a 16-credit certificate program. Master’s students have the option of completing the program in one year as a full-time student, or in two to three years as a part-time student. The master’s and certificate programs are open to applicants who have already completed a degree sufficient for clinical or academic employment within a health sciences field (e.g., bachelor’s degree from a nursing, physician assistant, or other clinical discipline, master’s or doctorate in a health sciences field, MD, DO, etc).

This master’s program is designed to allow students to tailor their learning to meet their own needs and career trajectory. Students will take core classes at the Boston University School of Medicine Division of Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS) and at the Boston University School of Education (SED). Electives are also available through additional schools within Boston University depending on the student’s interests. Master’s students will hone and target their skills through their practicum focused on an area of health sciences education that is most relevant to their current or intended future careers. Students can choose a teaching-based, curriculum-based, or evaluation/research-based practicum. Practica will vary depending on the individual student’s needs and interests and include experiences such as clinical teaching, classroom teaching, simulation, curriculum development, instructional design, program evaluation, and educational research.

MS in Health Sciences Education

Required Courses (24 credits)

  • SED CT 721 Analysis and Design of Curriculum (4 cr)
  • SED CT 750 Basic Principles for Curriculum Design and Teaching (4 cr)
  • GMS HS 701 Principles of Health Sciences Education I (2 cr)
  • GMS HS 702 Principles of Health Sciences Education II (2 cr)
  • GMS HS 704 Fundamentals of Learning and Teaching Modalities in Health Sciences Education (2 cr)
  • GMS HS 706 Intro to Research Methods in Health Sciences Education (2 cr)
  • GMS HS 707 Evaluation & Assessment for Health Sciences Educators (2 cr)
  • GMS HS 800 Practicum Seminar (2 cr)
  • GMS HS 801/802 Practicum (4 cr)

Electives (8 credits)

Electives can be taken from the School of Medicine, GMS, or SPH, based on student interest. Sample electives include:

  • GMS AN 720 Intro to the Neurobiology of Education (2 cr)
  • GMS MA 742 Med Anthro Design & Qualitative Data Analysis (3 cr)
  • GMS MA 710 Med Anthro & Qualitative Res Method/Design (3 cr)
  • GMS MS 706 Intro Computer Appl in Health Care/Biomedicine (4 cr)
  • GMS MS 677 Stem Teaching (2 cr)
  • SPH PM 811 Health Services Research and Methods (4 cr)
  • SPH EP 721 Survey Methods for Public Health (4 cr)
  • SED EM 585 Using Web 2.0 for Teaching and Learning (4 cr)
  • SED RS 751 Program Evaluation (4 cr)
  • SED EM 680 Distance Ed Research & Development (4 cr)
  • MED 313.0 Preparing Future Physician Educators: Learning how to Teach Clinical Interviewing Skills to First Year Medical Students
  • MED 601 Quality Improvement Elective I
  • MED 602 Quality Improvement Elective II
  • MED 707.0 Health Care Entrepreneurship Program
  • MED 709.0 Critical Reading and Analyses of the Medical Literature

Certificate in Health Sciences Education

Required Courses (16 credits)

  • SED CT 721 Analysis and Design of Curriculum (4 cr)
  • SED CT 750 Basic Principles for Curriculum Design and Teaching (4 cr)
  • GMS HS 701 Principles of Health Sciences Education I (2 cr)
  • GMS HS 702 Principles of Health Sciences Education II (2 cr)
  • GMS HS 704 Fundamentals of Learning and Teaching Modalities in Health Sciences Education (2 cr)
  • GMS HS 706 Intro to Research Methods in Health Sciences Education
    or
    GMS HS 707 Evaluation & Assessment for Health Sciences Educators (2 cr)