M.S. in Health Professions Education (combined with advanced certificates) HP4

(as of 03/01/2019)

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 HP4 base program.

Additional Options & Certifications
  • Optional Advanced Certificate in Program Evaluation [EV1] (3+ Additional Credits)
  • Advanced Certificate in Online Teaching [OT1] (3+ Additional Credits)

Primary program course requirements

The primary program includes a total of 33+ credits. The detailed M.S. in Health Professions Education (combined with advanced certificates) HP4 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 (combined with advanced certificates) HP4

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).

Optional Field Experiences   

We recommend that you enroll at least once in these optional field experiences to better understand the U.S. education system and culture and thus inform your reading of the research literature:
EDF444 Field Experiences in American Higher Education (variable credits)
EDF444 Field Experiences in American Higher Education (variable 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. This is a combined program that includes at least one advanced certificate (among the ones listed on page 1 of this form) in addition to the basic master’s degree. This means that your master’s degree will not be conferred until you have also completed all the requirements for your chosen advanced certificate(s).

6. You will be able to change your choice of additional advanced certificate(s) after your program of study has been approved; however, this will require prior written approval of your advisor and an amendment of your program of study. International students will also need to check in advance with the University International Student Office (ISO) if the proposed change requires a change in their completion date.

7. Engaging in the field experiences organized through in EDF444 is optional, although highly recommended for international students who have no prior experience studying in the U.S. -- especially in their first year. These field experiences will provide international students with opportunities for observations and experiences that deepen their understanding of U.S. education and thus enable them to get more out of readings and discussions in any of their other courses.

8. As per New York State regulations, credits earned from field experiences and other internships cannot be counted as coursework; therefore, credits earned through EDF444 or any of the practicum/internship experiences required by your chosen advanced certificate(s) cannot be counted towards the minimum of coursework credits required for the master’s degree or as electives for that program.

9. Consistent with the University of Rochester policy, no more than 10 credits of coursework from other institutions can be used to meet the requirements for this master degree, and also no more than 1/3 of the credits required by each of your chosen advanced certificates can be transferred from another institution.

10. Students are encouraged to choose their electives strategically so as to meet some of the requirements of their chosen additional advanced certificate(s). However, each additional advanced certificate included in the combined program needs to add at least an additional 3 credit hours to the minimum credits required for the master’s degree.

11. The number of credits required to complete this enhanced program will depend on the chosen additional advanced certificate(s), the choice made for electives, and whether you choose to take advantage of the optional field experiences.

12. International students are required to carefully plan with their advisor the sequence of courses and field experiences needed to complete all the requirements for their master’s degree as well as chosen advanced certificates, so as to ensure that they maintain full-time status for the duration of their program. An expected program completion date needs to be identified early in the program and communicated to ISO; any changes in expected completion date need to be communicated and approved in advance by ISO. In particular, please keep in mind that a program extension to complete a culminating assessment (i.e., Master’s Thesis, Essay or Portfolio) might be allowed for at most a semester and it is considered an exception rather than the norm.