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Health Professions Education

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

Full-Time or Part-Time Options

Fully-Online and Hybrid-Online Courses

Start the Program in Any Semester

Program Overview

These innovative, interdisciplinary, and interprofessional programs – a collaboration of the University of Rochester Schools of Education, Nursing, and Medicine & Dentistry – offer healthcare professionals unique opportunities to leverage their clinical experience and perspectives and to gain education skills, with the ultimate goal of improving patient care.

Graduates of our health professions education programs emerge as aspiring and inspiring leaders. They are well prepared to lead in an ever-changing healthcare environment and well positioned to succeed in ever-expanding roles and careers within traditional healthcare education and training environments, as well as in emerging healthcare delivery channels.

These programs are designed to prepare the best and the brightest health profession educators, leveraging state-of-the-art research and best practices at the intersection of health and education to significantly influence the future of healthcare. 

Key Program Features

  • Interdisciplinary: Core sequence of three required health professions education (HPE) courses is co-taught by highly credentialed, diverse, and dynamic education and healthcare faculty.
  • InterProfessional: Provides rich opportunities for health professionals across diverse fields and roles to engage in learning experiences together.
  • Customizable: Electives allow for choice to fit diverse career goals and interests, and for potential transfer of already earned credit from other graduate programs to reduce cost and duration.
  • Focus on Technology-Rich Teaching: Prepares you to teach across the technology continuum from traditional face-to-face to fully online instruction, and in a variety of contexts - from the classroom to the bedside.
  • Choice of High or Low Residency: Options available to maximize online courses OR face-to-face courses.
  • Flexible: Programs can be completed part-time or full-time, and can be started in any semester.
  • Combined Program Option:  Students adding at least one advanced certificate may enroll in a “combined program” that will help secure the appropriate visa for international students and extend loan eligibility for domestic students.


  • Prior preparation as a healthcare professional in any specialization, including, but not limited to: physicians, nurses, dentists, chiropractors, physician assistants, pharmacists, physical therapists, nutritionists, and other healthcare specialists.

Scholarships, Tuition, & Financial Aid


Master's Program Options

MS in Health Professions Education

Fully online option FAQs and Expectations

This master's program can be completed with a minimum of 30 credits of coursework, some of which can be transferred from previous graduate level coursework in related fields. With the exception of the three required HPE core courses (which are only offered online), students can choose to complete the rest of the coursework face-to-face or online. Coursework for the master's degree in health professions education

MS in Health Professions Education (combined option)

This combined program will allow you to pursue the basic master’s program concurrently with at least one of the advanced certificates listed below – thus leading to multiple credentials for only a few additional credits. The length of the combined program and its total number of credits will depend on the chosen advanced certificate(s) and other optional enhancements. This option may be especially desirable for international students interested in additional specializations and willing to devote 4-5 semesters to their master’s program.

Advanced Certificates

Advanced Certificate in Education for Health Professionals

Fully online option FAQs and Expectations

This 12-credit program includes the three core courses plus a customizable elective. Can be used as a stepping stone toward the master's degree or a doctoral program. Coursework for the advanced certificate in education for health professionals.

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.

Attention International Students

Our health professions education master's programs are ideal for international physicians, nurses, and other health professionals who desire to work, or who are currently working, in a university setting–especially at those universities interested in strengthening the preparation of health care professionals. Our "high residency" option will enable you to meet most scholarship requirements that limit the number of online credits you can take.

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Program Director

Raffaella Borasi

Frederica Warner Professor, Director Center for Learning in the Digital Age

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