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M.S. in Health Professions Education

We are not accepting applicants to the Master of Science in Health Professions Education for the foreseeable future.

Few professions are expanding as rapidly as health care, which means the need for faculty to educate health professionals has never been greater. With a Master of Science in Health Professions Education, you will not only be an educator who is at the forefront of health care, but also have the opportunity to influence the careers of countless health professionals and impact their patients.

Students can earn either a Master of Science in Health Professions Education (31 credits) or a Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Education (13 credits) on a full-time or part-time basis.

In our online Master of Science in Health Professions Education program, you’ll learn from expert health professions educators. You will graduate from one of the most highly regarded AAU and Big 10 universities, with Rutgers ranked #1 nationally by College Factual as a best college for educating health professionals.

Our program is for:

  • Academic clinical and adjunct health professions faculty
  • Health professionals who want to be college teachers
  • Health professions student whose goal is to teach health professions education


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  • Department of Interdisciplinary Studies 973-972-8576

Our program is unique in offering:

  • Cumulative development of a Teaching Portfolio as one progresses through the curriculum
  • Students can take their Teaching Portfolio with them after graduation
  • Convenience of entirely online course offerings
  • The option of either a Master’s Degree or Graduate Certificate
  •  The ability to apply credits earned for the Graduate Certificate to the Master’s degree
  • A wealth of faculty experience in the area of educations and health
  • Enrollment in a university ranked #1 by College Factual in best colleges for health professions.


Learning Outcomes are aligned with the School of Health Professions outcomes and include outcomes related to major competency areas for health professions educators.

Teaching and Learning
Students will be able to: 

  • assess one’s teaching style based on the results of one or more available teaching assessment tools such as the TPI (Teacher Perspective Index);
  • write a personal teaching philosophy that includes teaching beliefs and specific teaching strategies that facilitate teaching/learning based on the philosophy;
  • apply major learning theories to instructional design and lesson planning;
  • select and apply appropriate teaching strategies and unit content according to the goals of instruction and identified learner characteristics;
  • and design and implement multiple student-centered learning activities based upon differences in learning styles.

Assessing Learning

Students will be able to: 

  • differentiate between the concepts of assessment, evaluation, testing, and grading;
  • relate the concepts of true score theory, reliability, and validity as applied to the development of standardized tests and measures
  • apply the basic principles of constructing good, written test questions to assess cognitive performance
  • and assess the quality and utility of published evidence based upon their assessment and evaluation strategies.

Clinical and Community Based Education

Students will be able to:

  1. observe and critique preceptor assessment of students in simulated clinical settings
  2. evaluate a community education program
  3. design and modify a clinical rotation
  4. and analyze various methods to teach clinical education.

Curriculum Development

Students will be able to:

  • design a model curriculum to include the following:
  1. a benchmarking study to include educational and professional standards
  2. identification of curriculum goals and objectives
  3. mapping of proposed courses/components to the overall program goals and objectives
  4. strategies to assess curriculum outcomes
  5. an evaluation tool to assess curriculum courses
  6. various educational design methodologies in the development of a model course/curriculum to accommodate highly diverse students in a variety of settings
  7. identification of legal responsibility and ethical obligations in the design of a course and curriculum
  • and articulate how credentialing and accreditation contribute to the development of health professions curricula

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a need for almost 15 million health professionals by 2025. Extensive education is required to become a health professional, and continuing education is needed to remain current with evolving health-related skills and knowledge. There is a need to deliver quality education to health care professionals efficiently and effectively. Our program prepares graduates for careers such as university/college faculty, health care institutions staff development officers, and continuing education educators.

Rutgers is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), a voluntary, nongovernmental, peer-based membership association dedicated to promoting standards of excellence and improvement in higher education.


  • Office of Admissions 973-972-5454
  • Department of Interdisciplinary studies 973-972-8576

Our graduate program offers a solid research core where you’ll learn introductory statistics and research methods as well as how to utilize evidence-based literature.

Courses are highly structured, graduate-level courses where students and faculty participate in weekly discussions and students are required to complete assignments or take exams, depending upon the course. The online courses are fully populated with all course materials and resources, except for textbooks that students may be required to purchase. Often, faculty provide weekly or semi-regular face-to-face sessions through video conferencing to give students the opportunity to see and interact with the instructor in real time.

Students receive one-on-one advising from a faculty in the Health Professions Education program. This includes developing a program plan so you are aware of when courses are offered and the recommended sequence for taking the courses.

Courses requirements and descriptions

Center for advanced and continuing education for certificate


  • Office of Admissions 973-972-5454
  • Department of Interdisciplinary studies 973-972-8576

The online Graduate Program in Health Professions Education (HPE) is specifically designed to prepare health professionals for careers as faculty in health professions education programs.

The program is exclusively for those with established health care careers, who desire to become teachers in health professions education programs, educators in clinical settings including clinical education of health professions student, or educators in alternative settings such as in the community.

It prepares graduates for careers such as university/college faculty, health care institutions staff development officers, and continuing education educators.  The Certificate Program is appropriate for individuals who hold a graduate degree and do not wish to pursue an additional graduate degree. The Master’s Program is for individuals with a minimum bachelor’s degree who want a master’s degree while developing competencies in health professions education.

If a certificate graduate enters the master’s program within five years of completing the certificate and earns a “B” or better in all certificate courses, the credits may be applied to the master’s degree. The certificate graduate must apply to the competitive master’s program.

We are not accepting applicants to the Master of Science in Health Professions Education for the foreseeable future.

We are not accepting applicants to the Master of Science in Health Professions Education for the foreseeable future.

The deadline to apply is July 15 for Fall and Oct. 15 for Spring.  You may apply online for the master’s and via CACE for the certificate. Along with the application, the following should be submitted:

  • Copy of a current health profession’s license/registration, if applicable
  • Two recommendations using the Recommender Form
  •  Statement of career interest and why the Health Professions Education program meets career goals
  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions attended
  • Resume/CV

Subject to approval, up to 12 credits may be taken on a non-matriculated basis.  However, non-matriculants must follow the course sequence as delineated in the curriculum sequence. The non-matriculated application and courses can be found  here.