Course Descriptions


Coursework in the Master of Science and Certificate in Health Professions Education programs concentrate on an interprofessional approach to meeting the objectives of the program.

Required Courses (Master of Science)

Suggested Courses (HPE Certificate)

Elective Courses

Total Requirement:
Certificate: 12 quarter hours
Master of Science: 45 quarter hours

Course Descriptions

Required Courses: (* required for MS Degree; ^ required for certificate)

Prerequisite course for students with no online learning experiences.
HPE 504      Critical Skills for Online Learning 0 qhs.
Introduces students to online learning and provides them with the basic skills and knowledge necessary to participate in the distance education environment. Other topics addressed include copyright/trademark issues in the online setting; evaluation criteria for assessing website content accuracy, reliability, and usability; effective and efficient Internet and online literature database searches; and issues surrounding electronic communication of protected health information. This course may be taken concurrent with the first course in the curriculum.

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Objective 1 – Integrate learning style information and material presentation methods to facilitate student learning of health profession subject matter

HHPE 510 Learning Theories 3 qh.
Students will examine domains of learning and adult learning theories and how they apply to health professions students. Topics include best practices for motivation, adapting to various learning styles, teaching models/strategies, instructional paradigms, and interprofessional learning environments. The concept of lifelong learning is introduced and students will explore the role that higher education and corporate education/training play in instilling a desire for lifelong learning. In addition, students will develop statements of Teaching Philosophy and Philosophy on Interprofessional Education. Prerequisites: enrollment in program.

HHPE 512 Instructional Presentation Skills 3 qh.
Students will acquire classroom presentation skills as they explore effective teaching and learning strategies. Topics include effective speaking, use of technology in the classroom, creation of PowerPoint presentations, effective communication through posters, creating dynamic learning environments, and adapting presentations to interprofessional groups of students. Prerequisites: HHPE 510

HHPE 516 Clinical Instruction and Mentoring 3 qh
Students will examine the process of clinical instruction and mentoring including defining learning and performance objectives, creating student evaluation tools, determining clinical site and mentor criteria, and creating  positive clinical learning experiences. Students will also explore the incorporation of an interprofessional experience into students’ clinical rotations. Prerequisites: HHPE 510

HHPE 520 Educational Trends and Issues 3 qh
Students will discuss changes in educational theories and practices as well as the incorporation of new ideas into educational models. Topics may include collaborative learning environments, virtual learning communities, generational concerns in education, cultural concerns in education, and the movement of education toward interprofessionalism. Prerequisites: HHPE 510

HHPE 610 Teaching in the Virtual Classroom 3 qh.
Students will debate the benefits and drawbacks to online formats of education, explore the use of course management systems to develop virtual classrooms, practice facilitation skills for effective online teaching, and apply curriculum design strategies to online course development. Students will also discuss the use of the online environment in teaching interprofessional courses. Prerequisites: HHPE 510

HHPE 612 Teaching in the Multi-cultural Classroom 3 qh.
Students will examine the impact of culture on teaching and learning. Strategies to create and facilitate an effective multi-cultural classroom will be explored, along with discussion of best practices for teaching multi-cultural groups of students. Prerequisites: HHPE 510

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Objective 2 – Design curricula based on assessment of student learning needs and professional accreditation requirements

*HHPE 530 Curriculum Design 3 qh.
Students will work through the process of curriculum development. Topics include needs assessment, alignment with institution mission and vision, course sequencing, and planning learning. Students will design needs assessment instruments which will identify needs that can be met with training interventions.
Prerequisites: HHPE 510

* ^ HHPE 535 Course Development 3 qh.
Students will apply curriculum design techniques to design a course in an area of their interest. Activities will include writing learning objectives, designing assessment tools, and developing content. Students will also discuss how to adapt courses to include interprofessional students. Prerequisites: HHPE 510

HHPE 601 Creating Self-Instructional Units 3 qh.
Students will work through the process for and develop a self-instructional unit (SIU) in an area of their own interest. Areas of SIU development may include instruction of health professions students, new employee training, and patient education. Prerequisites: HHPE510 or instructor approval

HHPE 602 Designing Simulated Learning Activities 3 qh.
In this course the concepts of simulations and games will be explored along with their applications to education. Students will work through the process of designing a simulation in their area of interest. Prerequisites: HHPE510 or instructor approval

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Objective 3 – Evaluate information regarding student performance and program outcomes assessment

* ^ HHPE 540 Classroom Assessment 3 qh.
Students will examine various tools to assess student learning in the classroom setting. Topics include annotated portfolios, concept maps, memory matrix, process analysis, rubrics development, and the use of reflective statements. Students will also discuss how to adapt assessment tools to include interprofessional students. Prerequisites: HHPE 510

HHPE 545 Evaluating Clinical Competence 3 qh.
Student will develop appropriate tools to evaluate student performance in a clinical setting. In addition, students will develop a clinical rotation manual in their area of interest. Prerequisites: HHPE 510

HHPE 620 Program Evaluation and Accreditation 3 qh.
In this course, students explore program assessment and evaluation methods used in organizations of higher learning. Various topics include institutional and program accreditation, outcomes-based assessment, and staff and faculty evaluation. Prerequisites: HHPE 510

Objective 4 – Integrate educational leadership and evidence based education principles to become a leader in the health profession educational environment

HHPE 560 Managing Change in Educational Organizations 3 qh.
Students will examine change and its impact on educational organizations. They will explore change management strategies, addressing the concerns of an interprofessional community, aligning change with institutional mission, becoming a change agent, counteracting resistance to change, and influencing strategic planning. Prerequisites: HHPE 510

* ^ HHPE 580 Research in Education 3 qh.
Students will review the process of research and its use in the educational setting. In addition, students will develop skills for critically evaluating research, and explore the possibilities of conducting educational research. Students will also suggest methods for investigating the impact of interprofessional education and/or multicultural concerns in health professions education. Prerequisites: HHPE 510, 530 or 535, 540

HHPE 640 Funding Education 3 qh.
Students will examine the roles of federal, state, and local governments in the funding of education. Topics include budget management, sources of revenue, grants, and financial aid issues. Prerequisites: enrollment in program

HHPE 645 Ethical Concerns in Education 3 qh.
Students will debate case studies that reflect values-based decisions with which educational leaders are faced. Topics may include accessibility of education, codes of conduct, diversity, confidentiality, plagiarism, technology, student-faculty relationships, and interprofessional relationships. Prerequisites: enrollment in program

HHPE 648 Legal Concerns in Education 3 qh.
Students will analyze the legal issues prevalent in education. Topics include regulatory issues, Federal and State constituents and laws, privacy of student records, and freedom of speech. Prerequisites: enrollment in program.

HPTH 501 Practical Statistics 3 qh.
This course is an introductory graduate course covering basic principles of biometry and applied statistical methods utilizing current computer software. Prerequisites: enrollment in program.

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After completing a minimum of 39 hours of study representing a balance of core competencies, students are required to engage in the following experiences.

HHPE 680 Teaching Practicum 3 qh.
Students will integrate knowledge and skills acquired from all coursework in this degree program to design, teach and evaluate a unit of study in an actual classroom, online, or clinical setting.  Students will first write a proposal detailing and justifying their chosen unit within the intended curriculum prior to engaging in the practicum experience. Students are responsible for securing their own practicum sites. The teaching practicum may be discipline specific or may be conducted in an interprofessional setting. Prerequisites: HHPE 510, 512, 520, 530, 535, 560, 580, electives.

HHPE 685 Portfolio Presentation 3 qh.
Students will assemble and present their teaching portfolio. The portfolio documents student mastery of each core objective: facilitation of learning, curriculum design, student assessment and program evaluation, and educational leadership. Students will present an analysis of each item included in their portfolios along with reflections for each item. In addition, students will perform a self-evaluation regarding their teaching preparedness, including cultural competence and establishment of interprofessional relationships. Prerequisites: HHPE 510, 512, 520, 530, 535, 560, 580, electives.

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Course descriptions are subject to change without prior notice.