Roger A. Edwards, ScD

Roger A. Edwards, ScD
Director of Health Professions Education, Associate Professor
Health Professions Education
(617) 643-7740
Office Location: 
B39 - 118

Dr. Roger Edwards is currently Associate Professor and Director of the Health Professions Education program. He joined the faculty of the MS-HPEd program in the Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation at the MGH Institute in Fall 2015 to teach the Research Methods in Education course.

He brings over three 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 11,000 physicians and nurses have completed these tutorials for credit and the sites have had over 30,000 unique visitors during the past five years.

He has 32 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, and specialties. He has served on the Heath Professions Education Program’s 5-Year Anniversary Committee including several responsibilities for various aspects of scholarship efforts associated with the program’s evaluation.

Research Interests

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 also is working with various MS-HPEd Scholars on systematic reviews and research related to assessment of ACGME competencies.


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


Edwards RA, Venugopal S, Navedo D, Ramani S. (2017) Twelve tips for leaders of health professions education programs. Medical Teacher.

Carrick, FR, Abdulrahman, M, Hankir, A, Zayaruzny, M, Najem, K, Lungchukiet, P, Edwards, RA. (2017). Randomized Controlled Study of a Remote Flipped Classroom Neuro-otology Curriculum. Frontiers in Neurology, 8, 349 (July 24, 2017 epub).

Edwards, RA, Colchamiro, R, Tolan, E, Browne, S, Foley, M, Jenkins, L, Mainello, K, Vallu, R, Hanley, LE, Boisvert, ME, Forgit, J, Ghiringhelli, K, Nordstrom, C. Online Continuing Education for Expanding Clinicians' Roles in Breastfeeding Support. Journal of Human Lactation, 2015;31(4):582-86. (May 26, 2015; epub).

Edwards RA, Kirwin J, Gonyeau M, Matthews SJ, DiVall M, Lancaster J. A reflective teaching challenge to motivate educational innovation. American Journal of Pharmacy Education Theme Issue on Faculty Development 2014;78(5):Article 103.

DiVall M, Edwards RA, Stevens C, Zilberman E, Watanabe M, Kirwin J. Student perceptions about developing an evidence-based public health program directed toward a vulnerable population. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning 2013;5(2):76-84.

See CV for complete list of Publications and Presentations

Curriculum Vitae