HPE Competencies

Meyer's Class


The HPE program is built around a competency-based framework that focuses on what learners should be able to do at the end of their HPE studies. There are 18 competencies split between the three domains of Education, Leadership, and Research. 


HPE Competencies


  • Engage in reflective practice that supports teamwork and continued scholarship;
  • Build and/or lead disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and interprofessional teams;
  • Apply leadership and management theories, principles, and strategies to instructional contexts and other educational settings in health professions education;
  • Employ and help others develop negotiation, conflict resolution, and other leadership and management skills within relevant health systems and other professional settings;
  • Mentor and/or support the development of educational program leaders (e.g., key faculty course directors, clerkship directors, program directors, and/or fellowship directors) with an emphasis on the challenges facing the Military Health System (MHS).


  • Critically review, evaluate, and offer revisions to scholarship in the fields of health professions education (HPE), and other academic disciplines that inform HPE inquiry;
  • Use contemporary theories, research methods (qualitative and quantitative), and methodologies to inform educational inquiry;
  • Defend an original research project, placing it into context from theoretical to practical application within a health system (e.g., the MHS)
  • Design and implement a program of HPE-relevant research studies;
  • Disseminate scholarship in the peer-reviewed literature and presentation(s) to a international/national audience;
  • Write and submit an intramural or extramural HPE-related  research grant;
  • Lead and conduct HPE-oriented research in a responsible and ethical manner.

Education (Teaching, Learning, and Assessment)

  • Develop and defend a personal philosophy of learning and teaching with reference to theory and empirical evidence;
  • Analyze, evaluate and apply different teaching methods  to specific educational contexts;
  • Design, develop, implement and assess curriculum, instruction, and other educational innovations based on the existing literature (i.e., evidence-based educational practice);
  • Assess learners using a variety of methods (e.g., OSCEs, written exams, global ratings);
  • Evaluate curricula, instruction, and other educational experiences, innovations and programs using evidence-based best practices;
  • Use information and communication technologies to create effective online/ blended or face to face educational activities.