New graduate program trains health professions education leaders

October 16, 2012

The Texas A&M Health Science Center is excited to offer a new graduate program that provides the necessary training to produce effective leaders in health professions education.

The Graduate Program in Education for Healthcare Professionals (EDHP) is designed for health professionals who have or are preparing for educational leadership positions but lack formal training in education and/or leadership. Through either the certificate or Master of Science (M.S.) degree option, it is unique because of its interprofessional curriculum and many online core education courses. Program graduates help satisfy the need for qualified teaching faculty in medicine, nursing, dental and dental hygiene schools nationwide.

Through the EDHP, students complete 14 hours to earn a certificate or continue into the M.S. degree program with a total of 36 completed credit hours.

The certificate track offers expanded knowledge of teaching and curriculum development.

The M.S. program enables students to develop the necessary background and skills to be excellent teachers in their areas of specialty and conduct research to improve and develop innovative educational programs in health professions education. They also can customize their degree plan with discipline-specific electives to fulfill educational and career goals. Admissions and application information for both options is available online.

EDHP participants can apply for a tuition grant if they meet certain criteria.

For more on the Graduate Program in Education for Healthcare Professionals, contact Courtney West, Ph.D., EDHP director and assistant director of Teaching in Medical Education, at (979) 436-0230 or

— Blair Williamson