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“Master of Health Professions Education graduates are leading stakeholders in world-wide innovation and research in health professions education”
* NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 situation, in 2021 the campus-based introductory course at the beginning of the first year (new cohort) and of the second year (cohort from 2020) will take place online.
Please consider there is a limited number of places, max. 30 (excluding our partner sites abroad). Only complete applications will be handled. Candidates will be processed in order of receipt.
The two-year, part-time Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE) programme of SHE has a great reputation and has achieved an excellent position in global rankings together with its collaborating SHE Master’s programmes run in Canada, New York and Singapore.
Innovation is part of SHE’s DNA. We have revisited the MHPE curriculum in order to make the programme even stronger, more up-to-date and in keeping with current challenges in the field of HPE. Quality and innovation is what drives us, and our goal is to educate leaders in Health Professions Education that can really make a difference. We train our students to take on leading educational roles: by contributing to research, designing innovative education or by managing complex educational tasks.
For this reason, we have developed a new curriculum for you. We have listened to different key stakeholders (health professions educationalists, MHPE alumni and our partners in the field of HPE). We have researched their needs: what competencies do they require, now and in the future? Career perspectives in this field of practice demand knowledge, not only of the diversity of educational roles but also of the latest research in this domain. We have also looked at new insights and theories in the educational domain, so that we can ‘Practise what we preach’ and let you experience what we believe in.
We have worked hard to translate these innovations and research insights into our new curriculum. It is simple: to become the best, you need the best educational training. That is why we have improved our new MHPE programme to be compliant with the latest standards and insights and have turned it into a unique and distinctive programme for you. The programme will start on 17 May 2021.
Online and partly on campus
You will be required to come to Maastricht for at least two campus-based periods of three weeks. There is a campus-based introductory course at the beginning of the first year (17 May - 4 June 2021), and the second three week period at the beginning of the second year in 2022.* You will also be invited to present your Master’s thesis and attend the graduation ceremony in Maastricht at the end of the programme (June 2023).
SHE’s mission is to educate leading health professions educationalists and professionals. Health professionals play an important role in preventing, treating and curing diseases and in promoting health, which matters not only to individuals but also to society as a whole. It is essential to ensure that those who train healthcare professionals create effective educational programmes that result in high-quality health services.
The Master of Health Professions Education provides you the knowledge and skills required for a career in health professions education and research. Alumni of our MHPE programme often undertake a PhD trajectory and become involved in SHE research. The MHPE is a two-year, part-time programme taught in English that is largely based on distance learning. You will receive a Master of Science degree in Health Professions Education.
The MHPE programme is firmly rooted in educational theory and practice. You are required to continuously use theory-based insights in dealing with authentic educational problems. Cases used in the programme are derived from health professions education, and you will also be asked to work on cases from your own professional environment. Exploring the interrelationship between educational theory, research and educational practice is a fundamental characteristic of the MHPE programme.
In the new MHPE curriculum, you are the leader of your own competency development. You will collect the work that you do on obligatory and elective learning tasks in a portfolio. You will graduate as soon as you have achieved the required competencies, and it is up to you to demonstrate this. You reflect on your goals and your achievements so far, and then choose your next set of learning tasks with the help of your coach. You gain insight into how learning works for you and for others. This way you steer your own development and prepare yourself for the future career that you aspire.
Central to this MHPE master’s is the portfolio: a personal, electronic file in which you collect all the feedback and information about your competence development. By keeping this portfolio, you will be able to manage your progress and development throughout the programme. You do that by means of self-analysis and self-reflection. In addition, your coach uses the portfolio to guide you in the best possible way. At the end of each study phase, the portfolio is used to assess the progress you have made and the level you have reached.
Throughout the programme you will have your own coach who guides you in organising your learning process yourself and who monitors the quality of the educational process. In this way, you can develop yourself to the maximum and lay the foundation for a career as a health professions educationalist or researcher.
During the MHPE Master’s programme, you will gradually become part of the international SHE Community. You will be encouraged to collaborate on projects or research. Sharing knowledge, collaborating and innovating will not only take you and the domain to a higher level, but it will also increase the impact of your efforts. You will lay a foundation for your future career and collaborations with the professional networks that you build around you.
The MHPE attracts an international group of professionals from a variety of educational, professional and cultural backgrounds. To be eligible for application, you need to have obtained a university degree in one of the health professions (e.g.: health sciences, medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, dentistry, pharmacy or speech therapy) and you need to be involved in education in your own professional field.
The Master of Health Professions Education also supports your development as a health professions education researcher, by being a first step to a full PhD degree or as a participant in a research project or research collective (including ‘Kenniskringen’ in the Netherlands
The international and interprofessional MHPE environment offers a rich learning environment at any point in your career. Whether you are a junior or experienced health professional, the MHPE is your next academic step in your career as educational researcher and/or educational innovator. For junior health professionals, the programme offers the opportunity to prepare for a career combining clinical work and education. For those who already have some experience as an educator, this is the best way to prepare for a management position in health professions education. Finally, for experienced health professions educators, by gaining a background in theory and research, the programme affords an excellent opportunity to enhance your impact on educational practice and to build a large, international network in health professions education and research.