MSc Certificate Courses

  • Date 
    October 20, 2021
    Application Deadline 
    September 15, 2021
Course fee
  • € 1.800
  • (6 ECTS)
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Online Certificate Course Curriculum and Instruction

About this online Certificate Course

Course Coordinator Maryam Asoodar, PhD:

‘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:
  • Course and curriculum design in health professions education
  • Instructional design models
  • Curriculum analysis
  • Needs assessments
  • Skills teaching and simulation

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 is scheduled to be completed in 8 weeks with a maximum of 16 weeks.

The course includes two larger and two smaller assignments: the first is due four weeks after the course start date, whereas the remaining three are due between week 4 and week 8.


By completing this course, you will become acquainted with the literature about instructional design and the importance of a systematic curriculum analysis. Moreover, you will be exposed to guidelines and tools that can be used for curriculum analysis.

For the first assignment, you will be asked to perform a curriculum analysis, applying guidelines (e.g. on when to analyse, how to involve stakeholders) and tools that can be used to systematically analyse a curriculum. Aided by this analysis, you will discover strong points and gaps in your own curriculum.

For the second assignment, you will use the insights obtained to redesign your curriculum (or parts thereof) and prepare a scientific justification, including a description of future steps to take.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to systematically analyse 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

  • Maryam Asoodar, PhD