MSc Certificate Courses

  • Date 
    May 1, 2018
    Application Deadline 
    April 1, 2018
Course fee
  • € 1.750
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Certificate Courses in Health Professions Education


"Our research-based certificate courses are fully taught online; they help you apply evidence-based educational strategies in your own work and provide an excellent preparation for our Master of Health Professions Education.

We guide you on reaching your goals and at the same time, try to motivate and help you on the process of online learning. We want to share our knowledge and are satisfied when you, in your own work environment, reap the rewards of it". 

Danielle Townsend, Certificate Courses Coordinator

A programme of Certificate Courses in Health Professions Education has been introduced, in order to cater for participants at the level of course organisers. 

Four Certificate Courses are provided:

Curriculum and Instruction*  

Organisation and Leadership*

Assessment and Evaluation*

Workplace-Based Learning

Fast facts

  • Selection of 4 online courses fitting your personal career challenges and field of interest within health professions education.
  • Personal guidance in your choice and your study process by a mentor.
  • The first three certificate courses * correspond to equivalent units in the MHPE. 
  • Excellent preparation for our Master of Health Professions Education
  • Doable within 16 weeks. 6 ECTS, equivalent of 168 study hours.
  • Guided by excellent staff.
Tailor made options meeting your own needs and career wishes

Make a personal choice for a CC as a refresher training or first educational step in your career

Take one or more certificate courses of your personal choice doable in 16 weeks with a study load of 10 hours a week. Flexible starting moments.

Plan your MHPE degree at your own pace

Take a CC as a master unit in 8 weeks with a study load of 20 hours a week. Start parallel with the corresponding MHPE Unit. See dates to start collaborate with the MHPE units at the seperate certificate course information on the website

Elevate your institute to a higher level together 

Take a CC as joined certificate training, online or in your institution. As a refresher training (16 weeks) or as a replacement for a corresponding master unit (8 weeks). Flexible starting moments or start parallel with the corresponding MHPE Unit.

Course information

1. Curriculum and Instruction*

The Certificate Course Curriculum Instruction includes the following themes:

  • Course and curriculum design in health professions education
  • Instructional design models
  • Curriculum analysis
  • Needs assessments
  • Skills teaching and simulation
  • E-learning

Course coordinator: Danielle Verstegen, PhD

2. Organisation and Leadership*

The Certificate Course Organisation and Leadership includes the following themes:

  • Organisation and Management in medical education
  • Organisational analysis, organizational framework models.
  • Implementation of curriculum change
  • Leadership and leadership styles
  • Skills for leaders, leading successful change, change management
  • Human Resource Management in education

Course coordinator: Mohammed Meziani, MSc 

3. Assessment and Evaluation*

The Certificate Course Assessment and Evaluation includes the following themes:

  • Quality in education: course evaluation
  • Assessment methods
  • Reliability, validity, educational impact
  • Strengths and weaknesses of assessments methods

Course coordinator: Iris van den Boorn, MSc

4. Workplace-Based Learning

The course Workplace-Based Learning includes the following themes:

  • Contextual factors; need and relevance of workplace-based learning
  • Effective learning in work-place setting: training and transfer, cognitive apprenticeship
  • Formal and informal learning
  • Communities of practice and network learning
  • Mentoring, goal setting and how to give feedback
  • Workplace-based learning tools and programmatic assessment

Coordinator: Anneke Nieters, MSc

Student profile

The certificate courses are intended for participants who already obtained a bachelor's or master's degree and who aim to deepen their insight into the course topics but who may not (yet) aim to complete the full research-based MHPE programme. The certificate courses are geared towards participants who work in the field of medical education and have expertise in teaching, for example:

  • course coordinators
  • tutors
  • trainers
  • middle managers
  • skills lab coordinators
  • clerkship coordinators
  • internship supervisors
  • beginning researchers

The possibility to enroll for the Master of Health Professions Education

The certificate courses offer an attractive possibility for an alternative route towards a MHPE degree that enables participants to take a part of the MHPE programme, in order to receive course replacement for an MHPE unit at Maastricht University.

This MHPE replacement offers the opportunity for students who wish to enroll in our MHPE programme at Maastricht University. To receive course replacement for a unit of the MHPE programme the certificate course needs to be successfully completed.*  

*Only the first three certificate courses correspond to equivalent units in the MHPE. By successfully completing one or more of these certificate courses, the equivalent unit(s) of the MHPE programme can be replaced.

Key features of the Certificate Courses
  • Several flexible enrolment opportunities per year
  • Guidance and tailor made advice in your study choice process by the CC programme coordinator through skype
  • Specializing in Health Professions Education objectives of your own choice
  • Scientific approach, study theories and apply these to the own context
  • Coverage of innovative themes within Health Professions Education
  • Flexible learning; work at your own place within overall course time limits
  • Online learning, incorporating the latest learning tools
  • Access to the online library of Maastricht University
  • Online assessment
  • Learning by the Maastricht University approach: self-directed and goal-directed learning
  • Constructivist, collaborative, and context driven teaching method
  • Feedback by regular peer and tutor interaction
  • Your study process is guided by a mentor.

Teaching method

The certificate courses have a scientific, research-informed and evidence-based practical scope. The certificate courses are fully based on online learning and conducted through an electronic learning environment. The courses start either flexible at least two times per year and have a maximum enrolment of 6 months or parallel with the corresponding MHPE units. Online lectures, problem based learning sessions, a joined discussion platform and online question and answer sessions with staff are provided.

When working on a Certificate Course, participants read literature; apply it to their own situation and then receive feedback about the quality of the assignment. Assignments require analyses of problems in the own context, based on a theoretical justification from scientific literature. Individual and group exercises are designed; collaboration is a necessary condition for an adequate result.

Each certificate course has a study load of 6 ECTS points (this stands for 168 hours of study). Participants can design their own study schedule within overall course time limits (such as online meetings and deadlines for submitting assignments).

Principal Staff involved

  • Danielle Townsend, Coordinator Certificate Courses
  • Danielle Verstegen, PhD
  • Mohammed Meziani, MSc
  • Iris van den Boorn, MSc
  • Anneke van der Niet, MD