The Department of Medical Education - The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago

Educational Leadership Program for Health Professionals

Current economic and social indicators point to the need for educating leaders in the health professions who can manage change within their fields, overcome organizational barriers, and effectively direct the future of health care delivery systems. The purpose of the Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE) program is to provide the training necessary to produce effective leaders in health professions education. Accordingly, the program recruits health professionals who have, or are preparing for, educational leadership positions but who lack formal training in education and management.

Acknowledging a wide diversity in educational and professional backgrounds, the MHPE offers some flexibility for candidates to design a curriculum that fits their needs and interests. The program encourages the use of the professional’s home institution as a laboratory for the application of practical educational and managerial concepts. The nontraditional format allows professionals, especially from out-of-state, to pursue their degrees while keeping full time jobs.

 MHPE Features:

  •  Educational Leadership
  • Non-Traditional Format
  • Cross-Section of Health Professions
  • Work-Study Curriculum
  • Interdisciplinary Approach

Doctoral (PhD) Program in Education – Curriculum Studies
with a Focus in Health Professions Education

Two pre-eminent programs, the Curriculum Studies Program in the College of Education (COE) and the Masters of Health Professions Education (MHPE) leadership program in the Department of Medical Education (DME), are collaborating to offer a focus in Health Professions Education in the Doctoral (PhD) Program in Education-Curriculum Studies.   The Curriculum Studies Doctoral Program has been rated first in the nation in faculty productivity by Academic Analytics.  DME’s MHPE program was cited by external reviewers as the “gold standard” of programs that prepare individuals for leadership and scholarship in health professions education.

Who is it for?

  • Health professionals with a master’s degree in medical or health professions education or a related field who wish to obtain doctoral level preparation for leadership and scholarship in health professions education institutions and settings
  • Non health professionals with a master’s degree in education or a related field who wish to practice or do scholarship in health professions institutions and settings

What are the Program Requirements?

  • 64 credit hours beyond  the master’s degree or 96 beyond the bachelor’s or professional degree
  • COE Research Foundation Courses:  Urban Contexts and Educational Research; Introduction to Educational Research: Paradigms and Processes; Introduction to Educational Research: Designs and Analysis; Essentials of Qualitative Inquiry in Education; Essentials of Quantitative Inquiry in Education; Methodology Elective (24 hrs)
  • Research Project: Supervised by DME faculty (4 hrs)
  • Dissertation Research:  Jointly supervised by DME and COE faculty (12 hrs)
  • Curriculum Studies Concentration: (24 hrs)
  • Curriculum Studies:  Foundations of Curriculum Studies (4 hrs); Proseminar (1 hr)
  • For candidates without masters degree in medical or HPE, DME courses:  Scholarship in HPE, Instruction and Assessment in HPE, Curriculum and Evaluation in HPE, Leadership in HPE; other courses, selected with advisor, in COE, DME, other UIC units (19 hrs)
  • For candidates with masters degree in medical education or HPE – other courses, selected with advisor, in COE, DME or other UIC units (19 hours)