Graduate Programs in Health Professions Education

HPE Faculty

About the Center for Health Professions Education

In keeping with the Uniformed Services University's (USUHS) mission, the Center for  Health Professions Education (CHPE) is  designed to be the premier provider of health professions education for the Military Health System (MHS). Through leadership in teaching, research, and scholarship, the CHPE provides direct benefit to the uniformed services and other federal agencies by producing a cadre of leaders with expertise in the field of health professions education.

The CHPE has a number of core activities. These include the Graduate programs in HPE (certificates as well as master and doctorate degrees in HPE) , Long Term Career Outcome Study (LTCOS),  Distance Learning Lab (DLL), multiple programs of research, and educational consultations. We are also planning to build an Academy of Health Professions Educators. 

The 2019-2020 Annual Report can be found here.

Graduate Programs in HPE 

The overarching goal of the Graduate Programs in HPE is to educate practitioners who will serve as academic leaders (e.g., deans, program directors, department heads) and will contribute to the continuous advancement of health professions education, leadership, and research. For example, graduates of our degree programs are uniquely situated to take major leadership roles within the MHS.

Interested candidates in the CHPE certificate and degree programs have three different program options:

  • Foundations in Health Professions Education (FHPE). The FHPE is a certificate program designed to be a stepping stone toward the MHPE or PhD in HPE. 
  • Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE). The MHPE program is the cornerstone of the Graduate Programs in HPE; it provides broad scholarly experience in the theory and practice of HPE by providing learners with the opportunity to participate in a series of formal courses, conduct original research, and obtain practical experiences to further enhance their leadership and educator skills. 
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Health Professions Education (PhD in HPE). The PhD in HPE is the highest academic degree one can attain in HPE; it is meant to serve those select learners  who desire to be at the forefront of the scholarship, leadership, and teaching of health professions students and residents. Although a master’s degree (e.g., MHPE, MPH, MEd, or MS degree) is not a prerequisite for the PhD in HPE, it is highly desirable. 

For more information about these CHPE graduate program options, please see the Program Requirements page or contact us by phone or email.

All three graduate programs in HPE offered through the CHPE can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis, and many courses are offered in a hybrid format in which sessions are held either in-class or online.  To be eligible for admission into any of the CHPE graduate programs, an individual must be an employee of the federal government (either civilian or uniformed). Exceptions to this rule can occasionally be established through an official MOU between USUHS and an organization that wishes to enroll students in our program.