MHPE Curriculum

Courses & Descriptions

Individuals may apply to the MHPE degree program with the goal of pursuing coursework leading to a master’s degree (degree program) or you may choose to take a limited number of courses for personal or professional enrichment (non-degree program). Below is a list of courses and descriptions. View the full MHPE Academic Bulletin for program details →

MHPE 500 – The Successful Clinical Leader – 4 Credits | Spring Term
This course applies a foundation in personal and professional management to build leadership skills needed in today’s fast-changed healthcare system. Clinicians learn new payment models, population health strategies, and methods to assess their applicability to their practice settings.

MHPE 505 – Governance and Administrative Skills – 3 Credits | Summer Term
This course addresses the structure and culture of clinical and educational institutions, with a focus on the unique aspects of healthcare education and its regulation. Special attention is given to diversity and management of people.

MHPE 510 – Introduction to Teaching – 4 Credits | Fall Term
This course addresses learning theory in an integrated approach with basic teaching skills. Participants learn fundamental teaching skills for individual, small, and large group teaching, along with theory underlying good educational practice.

MHPE 515 – Practice Transformation Project 2 Credits
Students complete a year-long Quality Improvement project to actively apply learning from the classroom into practice. Students identify a need from their primary care site; develop a clearly defined plan for improvement; implement the plan; and evaluate form impact.

MHPE 525 – Curriculum Design for the 21st Century – 4 Credits | Spring Term
This course teaches the process and fundamental skills of curriculum design. New educational technology and delivery methods are integrated and applied as participants consider use in their specific setting.

MHPE 530 – Research Skills – 3 Credits | Summer Term
This course addresses design and integration of research into clinical and educational practice. The ethical conduct of research and regulatory requirements around human subjects are emphasized.

MHPE 535 – Assessment and Strategic Planning – 3 Credits | Summer Term
Assessment is a crucial component of all education, from measurement of learner achievement to program evaluation and continual improvement. Participants will learn key skills required for the Master’s project and ongoing academic work. Pre-requisite, MHPE 525

MHPE 540 – Applied Education Skills – 4 Credits | Fall Term
This course builds on the foundation established in Introduction to Teaching, applying skills in more advanced and challenging situations. Participants will learn several specific teaching models commonly used in health professions education, including PBL, TBL, and case-based teaching.

MHPE 545 – Master’s project – 3 Credits
Master’s degree students will complete a two-year project involving design and implementation of systems change to improve quality of clinical care, education, or administration.




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