Academic Programs Catalog

College of Education

Graduate Study

Health Professions Education - Master of Arts (this program is in moratorium effective Spring 2015 through Fall 2016)

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts degree in Health Professions Education is administered by the College of Education in cooperation with the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The program is designed for experienced health practitioners who are interested in enhancing their knowledge through online study of advanced professional knowledge related to teaching, learning, leadership, and policy. In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Education, students must meet all requirements specified below.

Admission

To be considered for admission into this program, an applicant must:

  1. possess an unlimited (or unrestricted) license to practice as a healthcare professional or be an active participant in a postgraduate training program in a healthcare profession in the United States;
  2. submit an official transcript related to item 1.;
  3. present to the committee three letters of recommendation, forwarded directly from their authors; preferably one from a superior, one from a direct report and one from a colleague;
  4. submit a current curriculum vitae;
  5. prepare and submit a personal statement describing personal interest in this degree program, professional career goals, and how the two are related.

The Admissions Committee will review these five elements of the application and make a final decision regarding matriculation into the program based on the following core issues:

  1. academic: achieved course grades, trend in recent course performance, comments from letters of recommendation regarding cognitive skills;
  2. professional motivation: experiences, competence, insight, comments from letters of recommendation regarding healthcare and leadership skills;
  3. personal motivation: plans for future contributions to healthcare training;
  4. societal awareness: community engagement, sensitivity to environment, and communication skills.

Applicants may be invited to a personal interview onsite or via teleconferencing as a part of the admission decision process.

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Health Professions Education

The program is available online and only under Plan B (without thesis). The student must complete a total of 30 credits from the following:

               
               
1. Both of the following courses:  
  ED 820 Health Professions Education 3
  OST 820 Capstone Course for the Health Professions 3
2. Eight of the following courses:  
  EAD 840 Inquiry in Postsecondary Education 3
  EAD 861 Adult Learning 3
  EAD 863 Training and Professional Development 3
  EAD 866 Teaching in Postsecondary Education 3
  EAD 877 Program Planning and Evaluation in Postsecondary Contexts 3
  OST 801 Leadership and Organizational Dynamics/Human Resources Management in the Health Professions 3
  OST 802 Operations Analysis and Decision-Making in the Health Professions 3
  OST 803 Financial Management and Budgetary Considerations in the Health Professions 3
  OST 804 Public Health Policy and the Law in the Health Professions 3
  OST 890 Independent Study 3
  OST 894 Field Study 3
  A student may not select both EAD 863 and EAD 866.  
3. Completion of a final examination or evaluation.