Gain the academic skills needed to conduct educational research, lead educational programs, institutions, curricula, and organizations in the health and medical professions.
The MS in Health Professions Education provides the next generation of health professions faculty advanced training in education. This 32-credit degree credential will have two tracks: educational research and educational leadership. This program aims to provide students with the necessary tools to further develop interprofessional health profession course and curricular design, research, and assessment skills. Learners will build on existing health professional competencies gained through their professional education. Topics such as educational theory and using educational research to advance knowledge in teaching and the learning in health professions are core to this program. The primary discipline will serve as one lens through which educational theory and phenomena can be examined.
After the completion of this program graduates will continue their careers with the tools necessary to adequately prepare health professions students to impact 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 MS in Health Professions Education will consist of eleven courses with a total of 32 credits. The MS-HPE is a fully online degree designed for full-time working professionals in healthcare, allied health, social work, pharmacy, physician assistant, and public health fields; as well as others who are integral to the healthcare educational mission. The instruction will occur predominantly online utilizing distance learning technologies in addition to a mandatory hybrid residency to be taken in tandem at the beginning of the second year. The hybrid residency will require students to attend 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 two academic years, and its online format increases its accessibility to students.
- Participants can start the program in the fall term only.
At the conclusion of their study, students in the MS in HPE program will be able to:
- Articulate how people learn and the strategies that achieve effective learning processes and outcomes.
- Demonstrate proficiency in curriculum design, delivery, and assessment at the course and program level.
- Demonstrate effective, high quality teaching methods.
- Demonstrate proficiency in assessment, evaluation, survey development, and measurement practices in HPE.
- Work effectively in interprofessional teams.
Admission requirements for the PhD in Health Professions Education are listed below:
- An official application
- 75.00 application fee
- No GRE Required
- Submit Proof of current professional licenses for applicants who are clinically practicing (Applicants may upload a pdf/copy of the license directly to the admissions portal)
- Submit official transcripts from all former institutions
- You must possess a BA/BS level education
- Statement of proposed research topic:
- 3 letters of recommendation
- Current CV/Resume
The professional licenses requirement may be waived for individuals whose profession does not require a license to practice, and they will still be considered for admission.
For applicants who may have taken courses at other accredited graduate schools that appear to be similar to HPE required coursework, requests will be reviewed on a case by case basis. After a review of the syllabus, grade received, and discussion with the Program Director, one of the following could be an outcome:
- Acceptance of the course credits towards the transfer credit allowance (up to 6 credits);
- Examination for competence, with a plan for independent study;
- Independent study for gap areas; or,
- Requirement for enrollment in UMB's HPE course
Please feel out the transfer credit to initate the process.
In addition to the master's degree, The Graduate School offers a PhD in Health Professions Education. This is a 60 credit, 3-year intensive doctoral program of study for health professionals who hold more than 2 years of practice experience and a master's degree or terminal professional degree equivalent. The focus is education leadership, research, and teaching skills.