Health Professions Education Leadership, Certificate

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Gain the academic skills needed to conduct educational research, lead educational programs, institutions, curricula, and organizations in the health and medical professions.

As a student of the Health Professions Education Leadership graduate certificate, you will examine current pedagogical and leadership theories and challenges faced by health professions programs, curricula, and institutions. Graduates will walk away with the knowledge and skills needed to lead educational programs, institutions, agencies, and organizations in the health and medical professions.

The 12 credits earned from this certificate can be used toward the MS and PhD in Health Professions Education.

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Program Details

Class Format


Program Length

12 months

Credits to Complete


Cost/Credit Hour

In State: $769
Out of State: $994

  • Online application
  • $75 application fee
  • Official transcripts
  • 300–500 word essay
  • Proof of English language proficiency for international students
  • CV or resume
  • Proof of current professional license

Dates & Deadlines

Fall Deadline: July 1

As the demand for health professionals and health education programs continues to grow nationwide, so does the need for well-prepared health professions faculty who have advanced training in educational theory, instructional strategies in the health professions, and related assessment methods. The Health Professions Education curriculum is intentionally designed to formally prepare learners with the foundations needed to engage in educational scholarship, curricular design, assessment, program evaluation, and institutional leadership.

The graduate certificate in Health Professions Education Leadership is a 12-credit, four-course program offered 100% in an online environment. Each course is 8-weeks in length, asynchronous, with instructional methods including pre-recorded lectures, readings, and reflections, along with active learning elements including discussion boards and individual and group assignments. Intentionally designed for full-time working professionals, your classmates will have careers in healthcare, public health, and social work, as well as other fields integral to the healthcare education mission.

Program Completion Timeline

  • All four courses will be offered at least once each year to enable you to complete the program in one year.
  • Although most students complete the program in one year, you will be allowed up to 3 years to complete the program.

Course Descriptions

At the conclusion of their study, students in the HPE Leadership Certificate program will be able to:

  1. Articulate how people learn and the strategies that achieve effective learning processes and outcomes.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in curriculum design, delivery, and evaluation.
  3. Work effectively in interprofessional teams.
  4. Demonstrate academic and executive-level administration and leadership skills needed to lead higher education programs, institutions, agencies, and organizations in the health professions.

Admission requirements for Health Professions Education Leadership graduate certificate are listed below: 

  • An official application
  • 75.00 application fee
  • No GRE Required
  • Submit Proof of current professional licenses for applicants who are clinically practicing (Applicants may upload a pdf/copy of the license directly to the admissions portal) 
  • Submit official transcripts from all former institutions
  • You must possess a bachelor’s degree or higher in the health professions or a related field
  • Current CV/Resume

The professional licenses requirement may be waived for individuals whose profession does not require a license to practice, and they will still be considered for admission.

Program Contacts


Nina Jackson
Admissions Counselor


Violet Kulo, EdD, MS, MA
PhD, HPE Leadership Certificate Program Director 

Karen Gordes, PhD, PT, DScPT
MS, HPE Teaching Certificate Program Director


  • Meet Your Faculty

    Our distinguished faculty, composed of accomplished scholars and experienced health care professionals, will guide your educational journey. Drawing from their expertise, they'll steer you through our comprehensive programs, preparing you for success in educational research and leadership roles in health care and medical organizations.

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