M.S. in Health Professions Education HP1

(as of 11/18/2010)

Program Options/Extensions:
In addition to taking the core program outlined below, students may want to consider supplementing their program to achieve other goals and pursue additional certification. Each option enhancement has specific prerequisites and/or course requirements in addition to the requirements for the HP1 base program.

Additional Options & Certifications
  • Optional Advanced Certificate in Program Evaluation [EV1] (12 Additional Credits)
  • Advanced Certificate in Online Teaching [OT1] (15 Additional Credits)

Primary program course requirements

The primary program includes a total of 30 credits. The detailed M.S. in Health Professions Education HP1 Program of Study Form shows the additional requirements for the program option(s)/extension(s). When you meet with your advisor, you will complete a detailed program plan for M.S. in Health Professions Education HP1

Entry Level Courses   

Up to 10 credits in graduate-level coursework in education or related fields may be transferred in prior to matriculating into the Master’s degree program if approved by the faculty advisor. These transfer credits can fulfill an elective requirement or be a direct substitution of a required course. Required courses that are part of accreditation assessments cannot be substituted.

Masters' Core   
ED406 Master's Research Methods

Choose a diversity course:
EDE437 Diversity and Equity in Health Professions Education
ED437 Diversity and Equity in Higher Education
EDE436 Diversity and Equity in Education

Specialization Courses   
EDU580 Foundations of Health Professions Education
EDU497 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Health Care Settings
EDU581 Clinical Teaching in Health Care Professions Education: Teaching and Instructional Methods


At least 15 additional credits of graduate coursework to be selected, with the approval of an advisor, from among the many options listed in Note 3; independent study credits are an option (for a maximum of 6 credits).


1. It is desirable, but not required, to take the three specialization courses - EDU580, EDU497 and EDU581 - in the same year, so as to benefit from participating in a cohort experience.

2. Independent Studies should not exceed a total of 6 credits

3. The following courses have already been approved as eligible electives (although other courses could be considered with the approval of your advisor):

Teaching, Learning & Instructional Design
EDE486: Designing Online Courses (fully online)
ED516: Designing & Evaluating Professional Development
ED483: Communication & Counseling Skills
EDE422: Motivation in Education and Human Development (fully online)

NSG329: Culture, Health & Diversity
EDU455: Policy & Practice in Developmental Differences
EDE440: LGBTQ Issues in Education & Human Development

Leadership & Innovation
ED475: Leadership & Management in Higher Education
EDU446: Entrepreneurial Skills for Educators (fully online)
NLX463: Driving Change in Complex Organizations
ED466: Leading Change in Education
EDE450: Applied Leadership
EDE451: Organizational Theory
EDU515: Decision making for Educational Leaders I

Higher Education:
ED436: How Universities Work
EDU493: History of Higher Education (fully online)
EDE479: Assessment, Accreditation & Accountability in Higher Education
EDU492: Governance, Policy & Administration of Higher Education
EDU576: Contemporary Issues in Higher Education
ED482: Technology and Higher Education (fully online)

Evaluation/ Research methods:
EDE481: Practical Knowledge and Skills for Research in Health and Education
ED520: Program Evaluation
ED524: Survey Design (1 credit) (face-to-face or online)
ED525: Interview and Focus Group Techniques (1)
ED528: Using Quantitative Research Software (SPSS) (1) (face-to-face or online)

EDE434: Master’s Academic Writing (2 credits) (fully online)
ED432: Professional Writing & Communication
EDU447: Grant Writing and Other Funding Strategies for Educators
NGS301: Writing with Confidence, Clarity & Style

4. Students interested in teaching in nursing schools are recommended to take the following courses among their electives:
NUR 419 Advanced Pharmacology
NUR 407 Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology

5. By choosing electives appropriately, students can reduce the number of additional credits required to complete an optional Advanced Certificate as an enhancement to this degree. If interested, be sure to discuss options with your advisor early in your program. Please note that Practicum experiences are not considered coursework by New York State, and therefore cannot be substituted for an elective but rather will need to be taken above and beyond the 30 credits of coursework required for this program.

6. Students interested in also pursuing one or more Advanced Certificates -- see Optional Enhancements section -- can reduce the number of additional credits needed to meet these programs' requirements by choosing electives appropriately. Please note, though, that EDF courses cannot count towards the minimum of 30 credits of coursework required by this program, and more generally, any additional Advanced Certificate awarded is required to have a minimum of 3 credits of unique coursework or internships (that is, credits that have not also been used towards another degree or certificate). Be sure to discuss options with your advisor early in your program.

Other Requirements:

In addition to the coursework indicated above, in order to graduate and to receive the certification(s)/licensure (if any) you are seeking this program has additional requirements. Please note that in some cases, while our program will provide you with all the academic experiences required for the certification you seek, there may be some additional requirements that you will have to complete independently and outside of our program in order to be granted that certification/licensure (ex: completing a certain number of years of mentored experiences). When that is the case, we have listed these requirements but also indicated that they are not a graduation requirement.

  • B.A. or B.S. Degree
  • Master's Portfolio