Why do individuals pursue graduate degrees in HPE?

In both the military health system (MHS) and the civilian sector there is a growing demand for educators who are formally trained in health professions education (HPE). Some of the most common reasons for this growing demand include:

  • Health professionals who want to make education their professional focus.

  • Institutions who desire high quality instruction and thus prefer or require teaching faculty to hold a degree beyond their professional degree.

  • Accreditation bodies who have increasingly stringent requirements for demonstration of faculty expertise and excellence in curriculum design, instruction, assessment, and program evaluation.  

We've included some citations below specifically addressing the increasing demand for health professionals with additional master’s and doctoral training in HPE.  

  • Tekian, A., & Artino, A. R. (2013). AM Last Page: Master’s degree in health professions education programs. Academic Medicine, 88, 1399.

  • Tekian, A., & Harris, I. (2012). Preparing health professions education leaders worldwide: A description of master's-level programs. Medical teacher, 34(1), 52-58.

  • Greiner, A. C., & Knebel, E. (Eds.). (2003). Health professions education: A bridge to quality. National Academies Press.