Center For Interprofessional Studies and Innovation

Master of Science in
Health Professions Education


The MGH Institute’s Master of Science in Health Professions Education degree was created to help solve a growing need for innovative educational reform and collaborative leadership across the health professions. This innovative master’s program is designed for credentialed health professionals who wish to improve their teaching methods and skills in curriculum design, program evaluation, leadership, and scholarship.

The 33-credit program addresses core educator competencies – with the ultimate goal of effectively preparing the next generation of health-profession education leaders.

Students proceed through the program with a cohort of health professionals from across the health care spectrum, including physicians, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, and other credentialed health professionals.

This rich variety of backgrounds brings a wide range of voices and perspectives into course discussion, creating a truly interprofessional experience. 

Also, by participating in the program, students become part of a community of scholars who are committed to improving how to educate the next generation of health care professionals. Scholars and graduates have continued access to a network of academic and research mentors.

Program Design

At the start of the program, students identify an area of interest or a research question, which then gets translated into a scholarly project. Through a carefully crafted sequence of courses, students develop and refine their project, to demonstrate mastery of the competencies related to the scholarship of teaching.

In addition, faculty from a wide array of health professions and education fields, also contribute to the program’s interprofessional approach to teaching and learning. The program, offered in collaboration with the Harvard Macy Institute and Center for Medical Simulation provides students with unparalleled access to a wide range of educational resources.

With most of the courses online, punctuated by a short number of intensive on-campus seminars, the program’s flexible format meets the needs of working professionals.

International Students

Innovation and Convocation seminars of the MS in Health Professions Education (MS-HPEd) program require on-campus participation. Each seminar is three to four days long. Due to the amount of class time scheduled during each seminar you will be considered a full time student when you enter the US for the purpose of attending an MS-HPEd seminar. US immigration regulations require that a full time student in degree program must obtain a non-immigrant student visa to enter the US to pursue his studies. It is for this reason that international students in the MS-HPEd program are expected to seek F-1 status to enter the US to attend the Innovation and Convocation seminars. An F-1 eligibility document, known as an I-20, will be issued for the duration of each seminar course. The I-20 is used to secure an F-1 visa and is presented upon entry into the US. Attendance at each seminar will require a separate I-20 document.

Three to four months prior to the next Innovation or Convocation seminar for which you intend to register you will need to complete an I-20 Request Form. Your I-20 will be issued within two weeks of receiving a complete I-20 Request. When your I-20 is issued you will be given detailed steps to the process of securing an F-1 visa.

Program Manuals 

2015-2016 Program Manual

2014-2015 Program Manual

2013-2014 Program Manual

2012-2013 Program Manual

Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission, prospective applicants should be credentialed health professionals. Admissions decisions are based on a written personal statement, written recommendations from former professors/clinical supervisors/colleagues, a review of previous academic work through transcripts, scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and a personal interview. The program does not require GRE's from applicants who have already earned a graduate degree.

See the program's application process for prerequisites and other admission requirements. See upcoming information sessions.

Funding Opportunities

Students may apply for a Watts Fellowship, which will support interprofessional projects and research.

Funding to attend the courses at the Center for Medical Simulation is also available.  Please see the call for nursing scholarship applications for details.

For questions or more information, please contact Program Director Deborah Navedo, PhD, CPNP, CNE.

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