Health Professions Education

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree with a specialization in Health Professions Education is designed for health care professionals who plan, design, and deliver patient education, continuing education, or instruction in health-related professional programs. The degree offers content designed to enhance an individual’s ability to plan, deliver, and evaluate health-related education and training. The program is based on a reflective practice approach, offering practitioners opportunities to reflectively and critically integrate their professional experience with adult education knowledge and practice skills. Graduates of the program work in state and government agencies, hospitals (in human resource development, continuing education, staff development, training and development), postsecondary institutions, and a variety of other organizations involved in health-related education and training. Students in this specialization represent a variety of health care areas, thus providing an interdisciplinary learning environment. Even graduate students who do not specialize in health professions education may wish to take courses in the area. Courses in the specialization are related to health care delivery in the United States, issues and trends in health professions education, and related instruction and assessment in the health-related professions.

Master of Science (M.S.)

The college offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Adult Education with a specialization in Health Professions Education. Students in this specialization represent a variety of health care areas, thus providing an interdisciplinary learning environment. Even graduate students who do not specialize in health professions education may wish to take courses in the area. Courses in the specialization are related to health care delivery in the United States, issues and trends in health professions education, and curriculum and instruction in the health-related professions. Additionally, students take a core of courses related to adult education and the following broad content areas to complete their degree plan: evaluation, continuing professional education, program planning, organization and administration, and training and development.

Course of Study: Master of Education (M.Ed.)

The program has a minimum requirement of 36 hours of course work. Any course work taken prior to admission is subject to approval by the student’s advisor for inclusion in the program. Within the 36 minimum hours, the following should be included:

1. Core Courses (18 hours)

EAC 522 – Foundations of Adult Education (3 hrs)
EAC 559 – The Adult Learner (3 hrs)
EAC 560 – Assessment and Evaluation of Adult Education (3 hrs)
EAC 538 – Instructional Strategies in AHE (3 hrs)

EAC 539 – Teaching in an Online Environment

EAC 708 –  Continuing Education for the Professions or EAC 700 – Community College Education

2. Specialization (12 hours minimum)

EAC 532 – Health Care Delivery Systems (3 hrs)
EAC 536 – Issues and Trends in Education for the Health Professions (3 hrs)
Two courses (6 hours) selected with the approval of advisor from the following general content areas: Health Policy, Health Finance, Health Promotion, or EAC 708 –  Continuing Education for the Professions

3. Research and Capstone (6 hours)

EAC 551 – Research in Adult and Higher Education (3 hrs.)
EAC 692 – Research Project (3 hrs.)

MEd students will enroll in EAC 692 to write a comprehensive, capstone paper that describes a platform of practice. This platform of practice must demonstrate that students are (1) knowledgeable about the foundations of the field, (2) knowledgeable about reflective practice, (3) capable of coherent thinking and the systematic and organized communication of ideas, and (4) able to apply the multiple areas of study in their programs to emerging issues in the field.

Program Completion: 36 Hours Total (minimum requirement)

Course of Study: Master of Science (M.S.)

The M.S. program reflects a minimum requirement of 39 hours of course work including a thesis.  Any course work taken prior to admission is subject to approval by the student’s advisor for inclusion in the program. Within the 39 minimum hours, the following should be included:

1. Core Courses (18 hours)

EAC 522 – Foundations of Adult Education (3 hrs)

EAC 559 – The Adult Learner (3 hrs)

EAC 560 – Assessment and Evaluation of Adult Education (3 hrs)

EAC 538 – Instructional Strategies in AHE (3 hrs)

EAC 539 – Teaching in an Online Environment

EAC 708 –  Continuing Education for the Professions or EAC 700 – Community College Education

2. Specialization (9 hours minimum)

EAC 532 – Health Care Delivery Systems (3 hrs)
EAC 536 – Issues and Trends in Education for the Health Professions (3 hrs)
Two courses (6 hours) selected with the approval of advisor from the following general content areas: Health Policy, Health Finance, Health Promotion, or EAC 708, Continuing Professional Education.

3. Research Component (6 hours)

Consult with your advisor regarding specific research course preparation for your topic and timeline requirements for completion of your thesis

4. Thesis – EAC 695 (6 hrs)

Program Completion: 39 Hours Total (minimum requirement)