Make a real difference in the future of healthcare. Every day.

Many health professionals find themselves either in or aspiring to leadership roles in clinical, academic, and administrative settings. This leadership demands mastery of the critical knowledge and skills for building a vision, managing stakeholders, implementing scholarship, and bridging disciplinary and organizational silos in the complex Health Professions Education (HPE) field.


This program enables the personal and professional development of learners to ensure readiness for current and future leadership roles in HPE.

Application Paths

Applicants may apply for the PhD through one of two paths:

  1. Post MS-HPEd PhD: 33 credits
  2. Combined MS-HPEd and PhD: 66 credits*

Curriculum Plan (66 credits)

  • All required courses in the MS-HPEd degree: 33 credits (PhD students who have already completed this or a comparable master's degree can waive this portion of the requirements)
  • Core required doctoral courses in educational sciences, research methods, and implementation science: 18 credits
  • Onsite seminars: 2 credits
  • Two courses about leadership in health professions education: 6 credits
  • Opportunity to choose a leadership mentor within your system, or to be assisted in finding one elsewhere
  • A dissertation seminar and mentored research spread over several semesters (with built-in gaps to enable IRB reviews and data collection): 7 credits

* Comparable prior coursework (up to 12 credits) may be eligible to apply toward MS-HPEd degree requirements.

Leadership PhD Team

Anne W. Thompson, PT, EdD

Adjunct Associate Professor Term Lecturer Health Professions Education