Certificate Courses in Health Professions Education


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

"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". 

“Certificate courses (CCs) offer students the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills related to major topics in health professions education. All three SHE CCs are equivalent to units of our Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE). This means that students who have acquired a certificate for one or more of these CCs and later enrol in the MHPE may skip the corresponding units of this programme. Thus, students can take individual CCs and get a taste of our MHPE programme at the same time”.

Pascal van Gerven, Certificate Courses Coordinator

Fast facts

  • Selection of three 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 three certificate courses correspond to equivalent units in the MHPE. 
  • Excellent preparation for our Master of Health Professions Education
  • Doable within 8 weeks. 6 ECTS, equivalent of 168 study hours.
  • Guided by excellent staff.

Three Certificate Courses are provided:

* Curriculum and Instruction  

Next start: 19 October 2020

* Organisation and Leadership

Next start: 15 February 2020

* Assessment and Evaluation 

Next start: 9 December, 2019

 Assessment, Curriculum Design, Leadership in Health Professions Education, SHE Maastricht University

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: Maryam Asoodar, 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: Suzanne Schut, MSc

Tailor made options meeting your own needs and career wishes

medical Education Certificate Courses, SHE Maastricht University

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

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 corresponding website pages.

Elevate your institute to a higher level together 

In Collaboration with SHE Collaborates a CC can be offered as joined institutional certificate training, online or in your institution. As a refresher training or as a replacement for a corresponding master unit. Flexible starting moments can be discussed as a tailor-made option or the institution starts parallel with the corresponding MHPE Unit.

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

Certificate Course in Health Professions Education SHE Maastricht University

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.*  

* These 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.

A discount of 1,400 is awarded per unit that has already been successfully completed as a certificate course, if a participant is admitted to the MHPE programme.

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
  • Specialising 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.

Key features of a certificate course in Medical Education SHE Maastricht University

Teaching method

The certificate courses have a scientific, research-informed and evidence-based practical scope. 

The courses start one time a year parallel with the corresponding MHPE units and have a maximum enrolment of 6 months. 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

  • Pascal van Gerven, Coordinator Certificate Courses
  • Maryam Asoodar, PhD
  • Mohammed Meziani, MSc
  • Suzanne Schut, MSc