This unique 60-credit PhD program will consist of 17 courses. The instruction will occur predominantly online utilizing distance learning in addition to on-site residency requirements to be taken in tandem with the beginning and end of the program.
The interprofessional PhD in Health Professions Education (PhD in HPE) aims to transform the next generation of health professions faculty through advanced training in: curriculum design, delivery, and assessment at the course and program levels; educational research to advance knowledge in the scholarship of teaching and the learning sciences; evaluation techniques to demonstrate educational program and institutional effectiveness; educational theory and models; as well as, executive skills for leading educational programs, institutions, agencies, and organizations in the health and medical professions. Learners will build on existing health professional competencies gained through their professional education. The primary discipline will serve as one lens through which educational theory and phenomena can be examined.
The goal of this PhD program is to provide students with the necessary tools to further develop interprofessional health profession curricular design, implementation and assessment skills necessary to adequately prepare and improve the health of our diverse society.
Applications for admission to the fall term are due by February 1.
Professional associations for each of the Health Professions on campus were contacted, and recurring themes regarding faculty shortage concerns were evident. The National League of Nursing has studied faculty workforce issues extensively and notes that each year since 2009 an increasing number of qualified students are turned away due to faculty shortages. Furthermore, the Labor Bureau of Labor and Statistics of Employment Projections, states that for 2012-2022, 35 percent more faculty members will be needed to meet expected demand for nursing alone. Also, 10,200 current nursing faculty members are expected to retire, mostly by 2022, creating a need for 34,200 new nursing instructors.
Graduates of the degree will be prepared to apply the skills that they have acquired to employment in the academic centers, as well as local, state and government positions in healthcare and education. Graduates’ skills will be in demand. For example, the National League of Nursing has studied faculty workforce issues extensively and notes that each year since 2009 an increasing number of qualified students are turned away from programs due to faculty shortages. The Labor Bureau of Labor and Statistics of Employment Projections states that by 2022, 35% more faculty members will be needed to meet expected demand for nursing education. But nursing is not the only health profession facing these shortages. The significant growth of physician assistant (PA) programs continues to create challenges for programs and educational institutions in recruiting and retaining qualified faculty.
Based on national data collected annually by the Physician Assistant Education Association, physician assistant program directors continue to rank the lack of available applicants as a significant barrier to filling open faculty positions. Physician Assistant faculty are in high demand yet few are academically prepared for the teaching, scholarship or service expected of the professoriate. The Bureau for labor and statistics anticipates the need for Pharmacists to grow by 6%, Dentists by 19%, and Social Workers by 16% through 2026. Each year qualified applicants are turned away from training programs due to lack of faculty in these disciplines. An advanced degree in Health Professions Education can contribute to the development of faculty with the skills needed for evidence-based teaching, research, and service expected of the professoriate.
The Ph.D. in health professions education will consist of seventeen courses with a total of 60 credits. The instruction will occur predominantly online utilizing distance learning technologies in addition to a mandatory on-site residency to be taken in tandem with the beginning of the program and conclusion. The mandatory In person (residency) will require students to attend four consecutive days of face-to-face lectures, training, discussions, and presentations at UMB’s campus in Baltimore, MD.
Program Completion Timeline
- The degree is designed for completion within three academic years, and its online format increases its accessibility to students.
- Participants can start the program in the fall term only.
Completion of the PhD in Health Professions Education will allow students to:
- Demonstrate high quality and effective teaching methods.
- Demonstrate proficiency in curricula design, delivery and assessment at the course and program level
- Work effectively in cross-disciplinary teams.
- Advance education theoretical research and models, generate and disseminate scholarship of teaching and learning.
- Demonstrate the ability to integrate educational research techniques to improve and demonstrate educational program and institutional effectiveness and sustainability.
- Demonstrate academic and executive administration and leadership qualities needed to lead the program, institutions, agencies, and organizations in the health and medical professions.
- Participate in community engagement to improve educational quality.