Graduate Programs in Health Professions Education

Leverage Your Past.
Influence Their Future.

Are you inspired to influence the future of healthcare? A degree in health professions education should be in your future.
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.
Customizable to Meet the Needs of Diverse Healthcare Professionals!Tuition Benefits for UR Employees

Program Quickview

The graduate programs described below are intended for any professional working in a healthcare setting and interested in taking on teaching and/or other educational roles.

If you are interested in other programs at the intersection of health and education, check our Related Programs.
  • 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.
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.

Warner Program in Health Professions Education

Advanced Certificate in Education for Health Professionals (HP2)
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.

MS in Health Professions Education (HP1)
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.

M.S. in Health Professions Education (combined option) (HP4)
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.

Opportunities for Additional Specializations

  • Advanced Certificate in Online Teaching (as little as 3 extra credits including some online courses): Prepares you to leverage online learning in a variety of instructional contexts (from university courses to professional development and public dissemination).
  • Advanced Certificate in Program Evaluation (as little as 3 extra credits): Strengthens your research and skills in planning and conducting evaluations of existing programs.
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Our Approach

It's All About Influencing the Future of Healthcare.

The University of Rochester’s interdisciplinary approach will help you leverage your healthcare knowledge and expertise to prepare you to be a capable and innovative health profession educator.

We build on the complementary expertise of our schools of education, nursing, medicine and dentistry, and the diverse experiences of our students, to deliver a truly interprofessional program.
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Learn More About Warner's Approach to Health Professions Education
Our innovative health professions education (HPE) programs offer practicing healthcare professionals – doctors, nurses, dentists, chiropractors, physician assistants, pharmacists, physical therapists, nutritionists, and other healthcare specialists – the benefit of an interprofessional education program with the opportunity to leverage their unique clinical experiences and perspectives to influence the future of health care delivery by:
  • Educating future healthcare professionals to be the workforce of the future.
  • Applying the science of learning to the challenges of educating the interprofessional healthcare teams of the future.
  • Becoming educational leaders in academic medicine, nursing, and other health-related disciplines.
  • Impacting the future of healthcare delivery through innovation and discovery, including tele-health.
The Warner School leads the way in research-based instruction, program development, and evaluation. We do not simply teach our students effective teaching strategies, but also emphasize research-based knowledge on how people learn and how change can take place through effective education. By developing a keen understanding of the science of learning, the value of experiential and workplace learning, how to effectively utilize technology-rich instruction to engage students in the learning process, and how to lead change, students emerge as aspiring clinical educator-leaders. Each of them is well trained to lead in the ever-changing healthcare environment, and able to make a significant impact on the future of healthcare and the preparation of healthcare providers and interprofessional teams of the future.

The three HPE core courses that constitute the backbone of all our health professions education programs are co-taught by faculty members from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Nursing, and the Warner School of Education, and are designed to be taken by students as an interprofessional cohort over the course of one year. The ability for various healthcare disciplines to not only teach, but also to learn together, bringing with it various clinical perspectives, builds mutual respect and admiration, while helping to put into practice what has become a critical component of the integrated healthcare model.

Students enrolled in any of our HPE programs will enjoy technology-rich instruction designed to not only create the best learning experience for their students, but also to help their students understand the benefits of technology – online, simulations, video, webinars, and more – as a way of enhancing the learning experiences for their prospective students, patients, clients, and more.

The Warner Advantage

Preparing Graduates to Innovate, Advocate, and Elevate.

At Warner, you will receive the highest-quality preparation as an effective, cutting-edge health profession educator.
  • Be challenged to become an innovator and a thought leader by learning from a diversity of experts in education and healthcare.
  • Learn to best utilize online learning and technology to become a more effective teacher and expand your career opportunities.
  • Be prepared to work with diverse populations, so as to best meet the needs of all your future students and create more equitable health care services.
  • Experience the rewards and challenges of interprofessional education while also networking with the best and the brightest future healthcare educators.
  • Give your degree even more recognition by leveraging the reputation of a leading research university and medical center.
  • Shorten your pathway to more advanced degrees by earning transferable credits.
Our flexible and customizable program can accommodate the work-life obligations of health care professionals:   
  • Use your electives to specialize in your area of interest, add advanced certificates, and/or to transfer in prior graduate courses.
  • Start the program in any semester.
  • Choose to take advantage of fully-online and hybrid-online courses to significantly reduce trips to campus OR choose all face-to-face courses except for two blended core courses.
  •  Go at your own pace by choosing either full-time or part-time options.
  • Benefit from scholarships that can significantly reduce tuition costs.
  • Are you a University of Rochester employee? Make sure you make full use of your tuition benefits.

All About Experience

Your experience at Warner will be informed by the many research projects and community initiatives we are engaged in. In addition, you'll benefit from the experience of faculty that include nationally recognized researchers, award-winning authors and accomplished practitioners.

Center for Learning in the Digital Age

Center for Learning in the Digital Age

Benefit from faculty who are involved in transformative uses of digital technology to enhance teaching and learning. The Warner Center for Learning in the Digital Age collaborates with various educational partners to leverage the potential of digital technologies for education and offers special training opportunities for Warner students.

Center for Experiential Learning

Center for Experiential Learning

Take advantage of resources and special training opportunities available through the Center for Experiential Learning at the University of Rochester Medical Center. This Center is led by Sarah Peyre, a Medical Center faculty who is an expert in intra-professional education and using simulations in health care education. She also teaches at Warner.

PCORI Community Engagement Award

PCORI Community Engagement Award

Warner faculty Silvia Sorensen and Joyce Duckles are partnering with the School of Nursing to train older adults to be part of research teams on geriatric health. The project, funded by a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) grant, aims at increasing older adults’ engagement in their health care and foster their communication with health professionals.

Career Opportunities

Advancing Healthcare and Your Career to the Next Level.

Graduates of our programs are well prepared to succeed as effective clinical-educators in ever-emerging roles in healthcare education, including:
  • Faculty and administrative positions at medical, dental, and nursing schools in the United States and abroad.
  • Supervising and training of interns and residents.
  • Supplemental or second careers in professional and instructional development.
  • Opportunities in the growing areas of telehealth and online healthcare portals.

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 (HP3) will enable you to meet most scholarship requirements that limit the number of online credits you can take.
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Learn From an Accessible, Supportive Faculty of Researchers and Accomplished Practitioners.


Making Warner Affordable.

Many of our health profession education students benefit from merit-based scholarships to significantly decrease tuition costs.

Contact admissions for more information about merit-based scholarships.

Are You a UR Employee? Inquire about your tuition benefits. If eligible, up to 95% of your tuition costs can be covered depending on your position. Contact the UR benefits office at

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Try Us Out

A Warner Degree Opens Doors. Open Ours to See Why.

Do you want to have a taste of what Warner can offer, before committing to one of our programs?

Take A Course as a non-matriculated student for a highly discounted price! We recommend you consider taking one of our fully online courses, EDU446: Entrepreneurial Skills for Educators, to personally experience the potential of online learning and to gain skills that will assist you in implementing innovations in healthcare and education settings. You can take this course from anywhere in the world.

Contact admissions to learn more about opportunities for non-matriculated students.
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Meliora means 'Ever Better.' To our graduates, it means making a world of difference.

  • Dawn Santiago-Marullo, Superintendent, Victor, NY

    "The most important thing I received there was the opportunity to be immersed in the study of education and leadership with very talented people, that think-tank mentality of being surrounded by the best of the best. The intellectual stimulation from both the staff and fellow classmates really did allow me to think about things differently."

    Dawn Santiago-Marullo, Superintendent, Victor, NY

  • Jeremy Friedman, Research Associate, Harlem Children

    “When it came time to interview for jobs, it was very easy for me to talk about anything in the field, and that set me apart,” he says. “You name it, and I had at least one experience in it—largely due to Warner.”

    Jeremy Friedman, Research Associate, Harlem Children's Zone, New York, NY

  • Shannon Walton, Sports Performance Counselor, Rochester, NY

    “I had a very unique situation. I wasn’t going down the typical path of a Warner student, and the school was just so flexible and supportive.”

    Shannon Walton, Sports Performance Counselor, Rochester, NY

  • Laura Van Laeken, Teacher, Midlakes, NY

    "The growth I’ve realized in myself is something I will be forever grateful for. I’ve learned to question, analyze, think and create in ways I never considered. I’ve changed as an educator and as a person."

    Laura Van Laeken, Teacher, Midlakes, NY

  • Beatriz M. Folch-Torres, MD, Rochester, NY

    “It was more than I expected. Not only what I learned in the program, which I’ve been able to put into practice every day since, but also the connections I was able to make and the relationships I was able to form."

    Beatriz M. Folch-Torres, MD, Rochester, NY

  • Jody Goodman, Program Director, UMass Amherst

    “As educators, it’s our job to make sure we’re giving students the knowledge to be successful when they move on in their life….Warner was the best grad school experience I’ve ever had because it prepared me extremely well to jump into my career, and I will forever be grateful for that.”

    Jody Goodman, Program Director, UMass Amherst

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The admissions team looks forward to assisting you as you explore graduate education at the Warner School. Please feel free to use the form below to contact us with any questions. You can also email us at or call (585) 275-3950.

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