MS in Health Professions Education

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

The goal of the master’s and certificate programs is to prepare educators in the health professions who can:

  • Design and implement innovative curricula and educational programs for learners within the health professions.
  • 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 professions settings.
  • Prepare, deliver, and analyze evaluations of health professions students and educational programs.
  • Provide mentorship and leadership for both educational programs and initiatives within the health professions.
  • Evaluate, synthesize, and apply educational research in various health professions educational settings.
  • Model and facilitate lifelong learning.

This program will prepare students to emerge as leaders in education in their health professions field. Students will be capable of preparing novel health professions 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 professions field (e.g., bachelor’s degree from a nursing, physician assistant, or other clinical discipline, master’s or doctorate in a health professions 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’s Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS) and at the Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. 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 professions 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 Professions 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 Professions Education I (2 cr)
  • GMS HS 702 Principles of Health Professions Education II (2 cr)
  • GMS HS 704 Fundamentals of Learning and Teaching Modalities in Health Professions Education (2 cr)
  • GMS HS 706 Intro to Research Methods in Health Professions Education (2 cr)
  • GMS HS 707 Evaluation & Assessment for Health Professions 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 Healthcare/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 MS 129 Essentials of Public Health

Certificate in Health Professions 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 Professions Education I (2 cr)
  • GMS HS 702 Principles of Health Professions Education II (2 cr)
  • GMS HS 704 Fundamentals of Learning and Teaching Modalities in Health Professions Education (2 cr)
  • GMS HS 706 Intro to Research Methods in Health Professions Education
    or
    GMS HS 707 Evaluation & Assessment for Health Professions Educators (2 cr)