Ph.D. Programs in Health Professions Education
The need to improve the capacity for training health professionals has increased globally, and in parallel, doctoral level programs for health professions educators is also increasing. Based on the work of Ara Tekian, Ph.D., M.H.P.E., Professor and Director of International Affairs in the Department of Medical Education, and Associate Dean for the Office of International Education, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, a list of 24 doctoral programs were identified worldwide that offer a Ph.D. in health professions education (HPE) or medical education. Programs were identified through a web-search, electronic communication with the directors of these programs, interviews with doctoral students and/or graduates of such programs as well as a literature review using the terms “doctoral programs in HPE,” “Ph.D. in medical education,” “Ph.D. in HPE,” and “doctorate and HPE” to locate publications about doctoral programs in HPE.
The inclusion criteria for any program listed in this study was the existence of a structured or an unstructured, but sponsored, doctoral program offered in English, Dutch, German, French, or Turkish (Tekian, 2014). The work of Dr. Tekian and Anthony Artino, Ph.D., describes four pathways to doctoral degrees in relevant academic disciplines although the degree title may not contain the term ‘health professions education’. Students can enroll in structured doctoral programs requiring the completion of courses, research, publications, and a dissertation/thesis (traditional “North American model”); complete a thesis consisting of four to six published papers on one topic in peer-reviewed journals and a thesis defense (traditional “European model”); pursue full- or part-time employment in HPE research, while under formal supervision of one to two professors to complete a thesis; or pursue a Ph.D. in medical sciences with research projects relevant to medical education or HPE (Tekian & Artino, 2014).
The list does not include doctoral programs offered by institutions without a designated host department or college, or doctorate in Science degrees. It also does not include new programs that are initiated but have not yet recruited any candidates.
The list will be updated as new information is received for those programs that meet the inclusion criteria.
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|Australia||James Cook University*||Doctor of Medical Education|
|Australia||University of New South Wales***||Ph.D. in Medical Education|
|Belgium||Ghent University#||Ph.D. in Medical Education|
|Canada||University of Calgary***||Ph.D. in Medical Sciences: Medical Education|
|Canada||University of Ottawa*||Ph.D. in Education with concentration in Health Professions Education|
|Canada||Western University Faculty of Health Sciences*||Ph.D. in Health Professions Education|
|Italy||Ambrosiana University***||Ph.D. in Medical Education|
|Kenya||Moi University College of Health Sciences*||Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Education|
|Netherlands||Maastricht University**||Ph.D. in Health Professions Education|
|Netherlands||Utrecht University***||Ph.D. in Medical Education|
|Saint Lucia||American International Medical University||Ph.D. in Medical Education|
|South Africa||Stellenbosch University***||Ph.D. in Health Professions Education|
|South Africa||University of the Free State***||Ph.D. in Health Professions Education|
|Turkey||Dokuz Eylül University Institute of Health Sciences*||Ph.D. in Medical Education|
|Turkey||Ege Üniversitesi*||Ph.D. in Medical Education|
|United Kingdom||Swansea University*||D.Prof. in Education for the Health Professions|
|United Kingdom||University College London*||Ph.D. in Medical Education|
|United Kingdom||University of Dundee***||Ph.D. in Medical Education|
|United Kingdom||University of Edinburgh#||Ph.D. in Clinical Education|
|United Kingdom||University of Glasgow***||Professional Doctorate in Health Professions Education (DHPE)|
|United States||A.T. Still University**||Doctor of Education in Health Professions|
|United States||Allen College***||Doctor of Education in Health Professions Education|
|United States||Bellarmine University**||Ph.D. in Health Professions Education|
|United States||College of Saint Mary***||Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) with emphasis in Health Professions Education|
|United States||Eastern Virginia Medical School**||Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Health Professions Education|
|United States||Logan University**||Doctorate of Health Professions Education|
|United States||MGH Institute of Health Professions***||Ph.D. in Health Professions Education|
|United States||Nova Southeastern University***||Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) with concentration in Health Care Education|
|United States||Seton Hall University***||Ph.D. in Health Sciences|
|United States||Simmons College***||Ph.D. in Health Professions Education|
|United States||Uniformed Services University***||Ph.D. in Health Professions Education|
|United States||University of California, San Francisco / Utrecht University Medical Center, Netherlands***||Ph.D. in Medical Education|
|United States||University of Houston***||Executive Doctor of Education in Professional Leadership with emphasis in Health Science Education|
|United States||University of Illinois at Chicago***||Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies with focus on Health Professions Education|
|United States||University of Maryland***||PhD in Health Professions Education|
|United States||University of Texas at El Paso*||Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences|
*face-to-face only, **distance/online only, ***both face-to-face and distance/online, #information not available
Sources: Tekian A. Doctoral programs in health professions education. Medical Teacher. 2014;36(1):73-81.
Tekian A, Artino AR. AM Last Page: Overview of Doctoral Programs in Health Professions Education. Academic Medicine. 2014;89(9):1309.
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