MSc Certificate Courses

  • Date 
    October 17, 2022
    Application Deadline 
    September 15, 2022
Course fee
  • € 1.850
  • (6 ECTS)
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Online Certificate Course Curriculum and Instruction

About this online Certificate Course

Course Coordinator Sanne Schreurs:

‘The Certificate Course in Curriculum and Instruction is designed for you if you are involved in course design and/or course or curriculum coordination in the field of health professions education. Suppose your institution asks you to contribute to curriculum improvement. You are enthusiastic, but you do not exactly know what the best practice is, which steps you need to take and how you can approach this task systematically.

As an instructional designer, you will need to have an overview of the curriculum before you can zoom in on more specific parts or aspects that require redesign. Hence, to acquire insight into the reasons why change is necessary or desirable, you will first need to analyse the current curriculum. You need to identify strong and weak points in the curriculum, including their causes. Then, you must explore how to redesign the curriculum to improve these weaknesses’.

The Certificate Course Curriculum and Instruction includes the following themes:
  • Curriculum analysis in health professions education
  • Instructional design in health professions education
  • Instructional (task centered) design models

Health Professions Education veterinarians

Education setting veterinary medicine. Copyright Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University
Timeline and deadlines

The study load of this course is 6 ECTS, which is equivalent to 168 study hours. The course needs to be completed in 9 weeks.


By completing this course, you will become acquainted with the literature about curriculum analysis and instructional design. Moreover, you will learn about guidelines and tools that can be used for curriculum analysis and instructional design.

For the first learning task, you will be asked to perform a curriculum analysis, applying two different models. Aided by this analysis, you will discover strong points and gaps in your own curriculum.

For the second learning task, you will use the insights obtained to redesign a part of your curriculum and prepare an advice with justification.

For the third learning task, you will make an elaborated redesign of one learning activity based on task centered instructional design models..

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to systematically analyze a curriculum and carry out a curriculum design or redesign underpinned by scientific evidence.

More information and contact

If you have more questions about this course please send an email to: and we will keep you informed.

Note: Upon completion of this Certificate Course, you can include the completed assignments and feedback in the portfolio of the MHPE programme and qualify for exemption in the minimum amount of mandatory learning tasks. This right to be exempted shall expire after two years. 



Principal Staff involved

  • Sanne Schreurs