MSc Certificate Courses

  • Date 
    October 19, 2020
    Application Deadline 
    September 14, 2020
Course fee
  • € 1.750
  • (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 ‘Curriculum and Instruction’ has been designed for participants who are involved in course design and/or course or curriculum coordination in the field of health professions education. Imagine the following: Your institution asked you to make a contribution to improve the curriculum. You are enthusiastic, but you don’t exactly know what the best practice is. Which steps you need to take, and how you can approach this task systematically.

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

Timeline and deadlines

The study load of this course is 6 ECTS, which is equivalent to 168 study hours. The course is scheduled for completion in 8 weeks with a maximum of 16 weeks.

There are two larger and two smaller assignments. The first assignment is due four weeks after the start of the course. The other three are due between week 4 and week 8.

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

When pursuing this course, you will get acquainted with literature about instructional design and the importance of a systematic curriculum analysis. Moreover, you’ll be exposed to guidelines and tools that can be used for a curriculum analysis.

For the first assignment you will conduct a curriculum analysis; you will make use of guidelines (e.g. when to analyse, how to involve stakeholders) and tools that can be used to systematically analyse a curriculum. With the use of this analysis, you will discover strong points and gaps in your own curriculum.

For the second assignment, the acquired insights will be used as a basis for a redesign of (a part of) the curriculum, including a scientific justification and a description of future steps to take.

After pursuing this course you will be able to systematically analyse a curriculum and carry out a curriculum (re)design with 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: By successfully completing this certificate course, the participant can receive a replacement for the corresponding section in the first year of the MHPE programme with a validation of two years.


Principal Staff involved

  • Maryam Asoodar, PhD