The new Master in Health Professions Education (MHPE) degree is offered through an interdisciplinary program jointly administered by the university’s School of Education and School of Medicine. The new program is geared to launch a new generation of expert teachers and curriculum specialists for schools of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry and for the allied health professions.
The MHPE focuses on incorporating the latest medical research into curricula, the design and delivery of evidence-based educational programs and courses, program evaluation, the effective use of assessment tools, educational research in the health professions and leadership. Similar programs have recently been advanced at Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt and Baylor.
“The health professions community has clearly recognized the need to provide formal support for teaching and assessment, and the master’s degree is supported as the most effective vehicle for doing this,” said Ellen Lavelle, Ph.D., Director of Health Professions Education.
The MHPE is a 36 hour program and may be completed in two years. All courses are project-based; students develop projects reflective of their current professional interests, and that serve to impact teaching and learning in those areas.
Two unique features of the MHPE are the Professional Educators Portfolio, which provides an opportunity to apply learning and to showcase projects across courses; and the Summer Health Professions Mini-Conference, which is designed and delivered by students, with the support of faculty, and is open to all health professions and allied health faculty and students at UMKC.
The Master in Health Professions Education is now accepting applications. See the website at http://www.med.umkc.edu/mhpe/ for more information.