Degree Requirements

The Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE) program requires students to complete 32 semester credit hours, which are organized into three components: five core courses, electives, and a thesis. The core courses, MHPE 501, 502, 503, and 504 each carry 4 credit hours and MHPE 505 carries 2 credit hours for a total of 18 credit hours. Students accumulate 6-8 credits in thesis research. The remaining 6-8 credit hours are accumulated through 2-credit electives, or transfer of credits from a graduate program at another university (8 credit hours maximum). MHPE 505, a one-week on-site introductory course, must be taken by all students at the start of the program.

Core Courses:

The core courses, MHPE 501, 502, 503, and 504, which are listed below, can be taken in any sequence. MHPE 505 must be taken prior to the other core courses.

MHPE 501 Scholarship in Health Professions Education

MHPE 502 Instruction and Assessment in Health Professions Education

MHPE 503 Curriculum and Program Evaluation in Health Professions Education

MHPE 504 Leadership in Health Professions Education

MHPE 505 Introduction to Health Professions Education: Leadership, Scholarship, and Current Issues

Elective Courses:

The elective courses may be selected from the following:

  • Courses offered by the Department of Medical Education. See Course Descriptions for a listing of available elective courses.
  • Courses offered by other UIC schools, such as the School of Public Health or the College of Education.
  • Independent Study: selected problems or issues in health professions education are investigated under the direction of a DME faculty member selected by the student.
  • Transfer of credits to UIC from a graduate program from another university: up to 8 semester hours of graduate level credit which has not been applied toward another degree may be transferred if the student received an A or B grade and has the approval of the program director.


MHPE 598 The thesis, defined as a work of scholarship, is approved and supervised by a DME major advisor and two other committee members chosen by the candidate and approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. The thesis is presented and defended before this committee. Requires 6 to 8 credit hours.