Center For Interprofessional Studies and Innovation

Health Professions Education Certificate


This certificate program is designed for experienced current or prospective health profession educators – clinical instructors, faculty, and preceptors – to prepare you to teach health professions students in experiential and clinical lab settings.

The broad-based, interprofessional program is designed to create maximum flexibility for busy professionals. The program:

  • Offers both a 9-credit Certificate of Completion and a 15-credit Certificate of Advanced Study
  • Includes a concentration in health professions simulation
  • Is part-time
  • Has all courses online and mentored practica can be arranged in your community

This program prepares health profession clinicians to teach in academic and clinical settings. It provides learners with the educational principles needed to integrate their clinical acumen and knowledge with didactic and theoretical tools to teach others.

Enhancing Health Professionals' Expertise

The MGH Institute recognizes that teaching and learning occurs across a wide variety of settings and levels. The Health Professions Education Certificates offer the opportunity to increase effectiveness as an educator in clinical settings, classrooms, online classrooms, as well as in the lab.

As life-long learners, health professionals engage in formal and informal teaching and learning which continues into post-professional and post-graduate life. Participants in this program build a knowledge base of educational principles and methodologies that is translated into teaching projects specific to professional roles and interests.

The program takes advantage of the latest technologies for teaching health professionals. For example, clinical simulation provides opportunities to learn, evaluate, and test new methods of care.

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 profession leaders.

Health Professions Education Certificate Options

There are two non-degree certificate options available:

Certificate of Completion in Teaching and Learning:* 9 credits

This three-course sequence addresses basic concepts of teaching and learning, course design and student assessment, and teaching practicum. No application form is needed and there is no formal matriculation. Contact Health Professions Education for questions, and to register (see curriculum). Courses are to be taken in sequence.

For those who choose not to continue, a Certificate of Completion will be issued at the successful completion of these courses. Participants interested in continuing for the Certificate of Advanced Studies may apply for non-degree admission (see below).

Both concentrations, Academic and Health Professions Simulation, are offered for the Certificate of Completion.

* This option satisfies the National League for Nursing's three-course eligibility requirement to sit for the Certified Nurse Educator Examination.

Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Health Professions Education: 15 credits

This academic credential includes the curriculum from the 9-credit certificate and extends into areas of program evaluation and administration. A separate application is required for admission and matriculation into this option. See the CAS application process for admission requirements.


Traditional Academic Track

This sequence (see curriculum) provides the essentials of developing a complete learning project, and culminates in either the teaching practicum for the Certificate of Completion, or the synthesis project for the CAS.

This option is ideal for health professionals such as preceptors, clinical supervisors and faculty who wish to expand their general teaching skills and education-related competencies in the classroom, online, or in the clinical setting.

Health Professions Simulation Track*

Recognizing that simulation represents a paradigm shift in health professions education, this innovative concentration (see curriculum) addresses the increasing needs of faculty and clinical instructors to:

  • Develop competencies in simulation as an instructional tool in health professions education, training and research
  • Improve simulation technology, educational methods, and practitioner assessment

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

* Graduates of the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in Health Professions and the Center for Medical Simulation have streamlined access to either the Certificate of Completion or the Certificate of Advanced Studies in this concentration. Please contact the Health Professions Education Program for further information.

As of September 2012, the Institute also offers a Master of Science in Health Professions Education.

See Program Manual

See Health Professions Education Program Advisory Board

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