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‘Our research-based Certificate Courses are fully taught online; they help you to 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 how to reach your goals and, at the same time, try to motivate you and help you with the online learning process. We wish to share our knowledge and are satisfied when you reap the rewards of it in your own work environment.
Certificate Courses offer students the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills related to major topics in health professions education. All three Certificate Courses are equivalent to specific sections of our Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE). This means that students who have obtained a certificate for one or more of these courses and later enrol in the MHPE may skip the corresponding sections of this programme. Thus, by taking individual Certificate Courses, you can get a taste of our MHPE programme at the same time’.
The Certificate Course Curriculum Instruction includes the following themes:
Course coordinator: Maryam Asoodar, PhD
The Certificate Course Organisation and Leadership includes the following themes:
Course coordinator: Mohammed Meziani, MSc
The Certificate Course Assessment and Evaluation includes the following themes:
Course coordinator: Suzanne Schut, MSc
The Certificate Courses are designed for you if you have already obtained a bachelor's or master's degree and wish to deepen your insight into the course topics, but prefer not to complete the entire research-based MHPE programme (or not yet). The Certificate Courses are geared towards participants who work in the field of medical education and have expertise in teaching, such as:
The Certificate Courses offer an attractive opportunity to enrol in the MHPE programme via an alternative pathway. More specifically, by taking one or more Certificate Courses, you can be exempted from the equivalent sections of the Maastricht University MHPE programme.
This exemption affords students the opportunity to enrol in our MHPE programme at Maastricht University within two years. To be exempted from a section of the MHPE programme, the Certificate Courses must have been successfully completed.*
* The three Certificate Courses correspond to equivalent sections of the MHPE programme. For each section that you have already successfully completed by taking a Certificate Course, you will receive a discount of €1,400, provided you are admitted to the MHPE programme.
The Certificate Courses have a scientific, research-informed and evidence-based practical scope.
The courses start once a year parallel to the corresponding MHPE sections and must be completed within 16 weeks maximum. The course programme includes online lectures, problem-based learning sessions, a joint discussion platform and online question and answer sessions with staff.
When working on a Certificate Course, you will read literature, apply lessons learnt to your own situation and then receive feedback about the quality of the assignment. Assignments require you to analyse problems in your own context, based on theoretical principles from the scientific literature. Exercises will be performed both individually and in groups.
Each Certificate Course has a study load of six ECTS points (equalling 168 hours of study). You can make your own study schedule within overall course time limits (such as online meetings and deadlines for submitting assignments).