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Health Professions Education Leadership

Doctorate (EdD)

Fully online option
We welcome applications on a rolling basis. The next priority application deadline is July 15, 2024.

Full-Time or Part-Time Options

Fully Online Option

 Full and Partial Assistantships

Program Overview

If you want to engage in the preparation of healthcare practitioners or research at the intersection of healthcare and education, the field of education can offer you valuable perspectives and skills. By gaining this interdisciplinary expertise within a doctoral program, you will also gain credentials that can make you more competitive for academic positions.

Our flexible doctoral program in health professions education leadership will allow you to capitalize on a set of interdisciplinary courses in health professions education, as well as work with faculty in the Warner School of Education and the University of Rochester Medical Center, engaging in projects involving healthcare and education. Coursework for the EdD in health professions education leadership.

While we do not offer a PhD in health professions education leadership, our PhD in education program can be customized to pursue a focus in this area. If you are interested in this option, please contact the program director to explore further what it may entail. 

Key Program Features

  • Minimum credits: 90 graduate credits; some of which can be transferred from previous programs (up to 36 credits).
  • Fully online option: The program can be taken fully online at a distance, or by taking a combination of online and in-person courses that meet visa requirements for international students. View expectations and FAQ for online options
  • Customizable: Tailor your doctoral program by choosing your area of specialization and electives, strategically selecting the topic of papers and projects, and most importantly by defining your dissertation topic.
  • Choice of cohort-support or traditional dissertation: For your dissertation, you can decide to conduct an action research project supported by a three-semester sequence of dissertation seminars, or go at your own pace and choose among a variety of research methods for your study.
  • Exciting research and innovation opportunities: You will have opportunities to work with the Warner School and UR Medical Center faculty who are engaged in exciting research and reform projects.
  • Flexible: Program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis, starting in any semester and with no full-time residency requirement.


  • Prior preparation and experience as a health educator and/or provider.
  • Prior master's degree is highly desirable but not required; most students will have already completed a master's program.

Scholarships, Tuition, & Financial Aid

Full or partial assistantships available for doctoral students.

UR Employees

If eligible, up to 95% of your tuition costs can be covered depending on your position.


Add Advanced Certificates

Opportunities for Additional Specializations

Customize Your Degree

Our degrees are designed to meet your interests and career aspirations. Whether you want to add an advanced certificate or specialize in a distinct area of emphasis, we can help craft the best option for you.

We welcome applications on a rolling basis. The next priority application deadline is July 15, 2024.

Career Opportunities

Our doctoral graduates are well prepared to assume research, teaching, and administrative roles at medical, dental, and nursing schools, as well as schools of education – in the United States and abroad.

Depending on the chosen area of specialization, graduates would also be qualified to be part of health-related interdisciplinary research teams, and/or take on supplemental or second careers in professional development, instructional design, or Telehealth.

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Core Program Faculty

Raffaella Borasi
Teacher education; learning in the digital age; entrepreneurship in education

Michael Daley
Science education; learning in the digital age

Eric Fredericksen
Online education; higher education

David Miller
Learning in the digital age; entrepreneurship in education

Martha Mock
Disabilities; inclusion; special education; early childhood education

Sarah Peyre
Health professions education

Also supported by University of Rochester Medical Center faculty:
Maria Marconi, Lydia Rotondo, Janine Shapiro, Tara Serwetnyk & Valerie Lang

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Take a course before you apply to one of our programs for a discounted price. Inquire with admissions to learn about credits that also apply toward degree requirements.

Related Degrees

If you are interested in non-doctoral level programs that will allow you to focus on health and education, you may want to check out the following programs:
•    MS in Nursing Education
•    MS in Health Professions Education
•    MS in Human Development (with Specialization in Research)

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