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Health Professions Education Track

 

Health Professions Education – Focus on Teaching and Leadership

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Health professions education is the field of expertise applied to the education of health care providers. Health professions education focuses on the unique needs of students engaged in preparation for careers in the healing arts. Centered in the principles of andragogy (adult learning theory) and life-long learning, health professions education forms the basis for creating, implementing, and evaluating every aspect of health professions curricula. Here are some commonly asked questions about the Health Professions Education track.

What kind of student enrolls in the Health Professions Education (HPE) track?
Typically, HPE students are health care providers, or aspiring health care providers, with a desire to teach. Most professors and teachers in the health professions come to education through their careers as health care professionals. Being a good patient care provider does not automatically mean that one is a good teacher!

What do Health Professions Educators do?
Health Professions Educators create learning materials, teach, design student learning evaluations, conduct learning assessments, design curriculum, conduct research, mentor students and function as part of an educational team.

Where do Health Professions Educators work?
Health Professions Educators teach in medical programs such as nursing programs, medical schools, pharmacy schools, etc. Health Professions Educators teach in every level of health education from certificate programs in proprietary schools, junior colleges, private educational institutions, colleges and universities. Some Health Professions Educators work in areas of administration and health care organizations.

What kind of education do Health Professions Educators have?
Most possess a minimum of a master’s degree; however, many have bachelor’s degrees in addition to a health care license of some kind.

How are Health Professions Educators certified?
There is no certification for HPE professionals. Most belong to the American Association of Health Education. HPE professionals who complete a master’s degree in health education are eligible to take the CHES examination for certification as a health education specialist.

HPE track curriculum

Find out more about the HPE block curriculum

Health Professions Education (HPE) Track
HSCI 5020 Grant Proposal Writing
HSCI 5100 Learning Theories and Student Behaviors
HSCI 5102 Principles of Instructional Design
HSCI 5106 Applied Statistics
HSCI 5108 Instructional Media
HSCI 5110 Writing for Publication
HSCI 5130 Foundations of the U.S. Health Care System
HSCI 5202 Human Resources and Fiscal Operations
HSCI 5204 Educational Leadership
HSCI 5206 Research and Program Evaluation Methods
HSCI 5306 Clinical Teaching
HSCI 5998 Thesis/Special Project I
HSCI 5999 Thesis/Special Project II

NMM/OMM Teaching Fellowship Track
Students selecting the NMM/OMM Teaching Fellowship Track must be admitted to the NMM/OMM Fellowship in the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP).

HSCI 5020 Grant Proposal Writing
HSCI 5100 Learning Theories and Student Behaviors
HSCI 5102 Principles of Instructional Design
HSCI 5106 Applied Statistics
HSCI 5108 Instructional Media
HSCI 5110 Writing for Publication
HSCI 5206 Research and Program Evaluation Methods
HSCI 5306 Clinical Teaching
HSCI 5400 Evidence-based Educational Research
HSCI 5401 Executive Skills and Curriculum Delivery
HSCI 5402 Leadership for Clinicians
HSCI 5998 Thesis/Special Project I
HSCI 5999 Thesis/Special Project II

Health Professions Education and Research in Podiatric Medicine Track
Students selecting the Health Professions Education and Research in Podiatric Medicine Track must be admitted to the DPM program in the College of Podiatric Medicine and have prior approval of the CPM Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs.

Subject/Course # Course Title Credit Hours
HSCI 5020 Grant Proposal Writing
HSCI 5100 Learning Theories and Student Behaviors
HSCI 5102 Principles of Instructional Design
HSCI 5106 Applied Statistics
HSCI 5108 Instructional Media
HSCI 5110 Writing for Publication
HSCI 5206 Research and Program Evaluation Methods
HSCI 5306 Clinical Teaching
HSCI 5400 Evidence-based Educational Research
HSCI 5401 Executive Skills and Curriculum Delivery
HSCI 5402 Leadership for Clinicians
HSCI 5998 Thesis/Special Project I
HSCI 5999 Thesis/Special Project II

Important dates

Application deadlines: May 31 and Oct 31

Fall term: Aug 11 – Nov 21, 2014

Spring term: Jan 5 – Apr 17, 2015

Summer term: Apr 27 – June 26, 2015

Tuition: $556/credit hr

 

 


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