Dr. Roger Edwards is a Professor and Chair of the Health Professions Education Department.

He brings nearly four decades of experience in academia, government, and the private sector related to the diffusion and implementation of health-related innovations. Prior to joining the Institute, he has taught graduate public health students, undergraduate pharmacy students, medical students, physicians, and nurses in a range of public health administration, policy, economics, and research/evaluation topics.

He has supervised a variety of students individually and in groups for scholarly projects including over 90 MPH individual student capstones and PharmD student group capstones as well as physician fellows at Harvard Medical School and Tufts Medical School. He has also led continuing professional education for various health professionals including development of free, online tutorials related to breastfeeding in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Over 30,000 physicians and nurses have completed these tutorials for credit and the sites during the past seven years.

He has over 40 peer-reviewed publications and over 100 professional conference presentations in a variety fields spanning maternal and child health, health professions education, rehabilitation, technology, health services research, health policy, public health, various health professions, system dynamics, and other topics. 

  • AB, Human Biology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • MS, Health Services Research, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
  • ScD, Health Policy & Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA

Roger Edwards’ current research is focused on health professions educational program evaluation and continuous quality improvement efforts to support innovation in health professions education. He is especially interested in how systems thinking and complexity theory can inform research and guide improvement in health professions education.

Dr. Edwards has published numerous papers - some titles are highlighted below. You can view a complete listing of Dr. Edward's publications in his CV. 

Twelve Tips for using Learning Curves in Health Professions Education Research

The Objective Structured Teaching Encounter (OSTE) in health professions education: A systematic review.

In Situ Simulation as a Tool to Longitudinally Identify and Track Latent Safety Threats in a Structured Quality Improvement Initiative for SARS-CoV-2 Airway Management: A Single-Center Study. Simul Healthc.

A scoping review of adaptive expertise in education.

6 Common Pitfalls of Feedback Conversations.

Microdebriefing Crisis Resource Management Program for Simulated Pediatric Resuscitation in a Community Hospital: A Feasibility Study.

Addressing Racial Inequities in Breastfeeding in the Southern United States.


In addition, Dr. Edwards regularly presents at conferences and industry events. Please see his CV for a complete list of presentations.

Implementation of Student-Centered Doctoral Training in the "Post-COVID-19" Era: Maintaining Excellence and Addressing Challenges in a New PhD Program in Health Professions Education" at the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) Annual Meeting in Boston

Using System Dynamics to Evaluate Team Conflict in Interprofessional Education at the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare

Using Predictive Analytics to Identify At-Risk Learners at the MGH Executive Committee on Teaching & Education (ECOTE) Education Forum