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MHPE Curriculum

Learn about degree requirements and course options for the Master of Health Professions Education

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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 by completing three or four 2-credit electives, or via transfer of credits from a graduate program at another university (8 credit hours maximum). The remaining 6-8 credit hours are accumulated in thesis research, when students work with an advisor and committee to develop a mentored work of scholarship.

Core courses

The core courses, MHPE 501, 502, 503, and 504, are offered in on-campus and online formats in alternate years, and can be taken in any sequence. MHPE 505 must be taken first, and is conducted on-campus for students in both formats.

  • 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

Elective Courses

Elective courses may be selected from the following:

  • Courses offered by the Department of Medical Education. See Course Descriptions below 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 arevinvestigated 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 Director of Graduate Studies.


The thesis is the capstone of the MHPE program, in which students apply what they have learned to produce a rigorous work of HPE scholarship suitable for publication (although publication is not required). The thesis is closely supervised by a DME major advisor with input from at least two other committee members; one committee member may be a faculty
member at the student’s home institution (the other is another DME faculty member).

Typical thesis projects include educational research questions; the development, piloting and evaluation of instructional programs or learner assessments; and literature reviews. Theses often tackle actual problems in the student’s own institutional setting, while at the same time addressing a gap in the broader field of health professions education.

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Elective Course Descriptions Heading link