Master of Science in Health Science

Healthcare Professions Education

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Healthcare Professions Education Track Overview

The Master of Science in Health Science, Healthcare Professions (HPE) track, is designed to provide a foundational basis to those individuals seeking employment in a setting of healthcare education, community healthcare education programs, and serving in healthcare clinical education venues. The program provides a holistic, evidence-based approach to course design, instructional delivery, and assessment of learning both in didactic and clinical education learning environments.

The focus of the program is designing online learning deliveries using various learning management platforms and technologies. Students will become aware of the best practices in the scholarship of teaching and learning and be able to prepare themselves to become an engaged and successful instructor.

After completing the Healthcare Professions Education track of the Master of Science in Health Science, students will be able to:

  • Become an evidence-based designer and assessor of learning.
  • Apply educational concepts, theories, and innovative techniques to instructional development and delivery.
  • Develop and assess didactic and clinical education learning experiences based upon backward designs and best practices of the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • Design online/blended and face-to-face, instructional strategies and assignments using current technology and contemporary learner-centered strategies.

Upcoming Webinars

Webinar on Sports Performance and Rehabilitative Science

Dr. Kim Isaac, PhD, AT, LAT, Program Director and Concentration Track Director

Webinar on the Functional Nutrition Track

Dr. Denise Pickett-Bernard, PhD, RDN, IFMCP, Concentration Track Director

Webinar on the Health Promotion and Wellness Track

Dr. Mary Shotwell, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Concentration Track Director

Institutional Accreditation

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.


Health Sciences Core Curriculum (12 Credit Hours)

HS 504 Research Methods (3 credits)

Introduction to general research principles and research ethics. The student will be introduced to the following topics in the research process: problem statement, question formulation, principles of measurement, basic design and methodological features, issues of reliability and validity, and fundamentals of conducting a literature review. Quantitative article critiques will be conducted in class and outside of class. The class format will include lecture, small group discussion, and practice.

HS 506 Data and Decision-Making (3 credits)

This course will focus on the use and application of statistics commonly found in the field of exercise science. Topical areas include but are not limited to determining appropriate statistical tests to perform, interpreting results and determining appropriate follow-up tests as needed. Emphasis is on design of experiments and appropriate statistical test usage, and interpretation of results.

HS 507 Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)

This course is designed to prepare health care professionals with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to make independent judgments about the validity, results, and application of clinical research and to implement evidence-based clinical practice in their careers. This course will focus on the concepts of evidence-based practice with emphasis on forming answerable clinical questions and effective literature search strategies.

HS 602 Applications of Education Practice (3 credits)

This course will explore best practices of the application of educational instruction and delivery for individuals working in a variety of employment settings with diverse populations including clients, patients, students and community learners. This course will include topics associated with generational learning, learning styles, learning design for groups and individuals along with various styles of delivery.

Healthcare Professions Education (15 Credit Hours)

HPE 620 Clinical Education Experiential Design & Application for Healthcare Professions (3 credits)

This course addresses the many issues germane to experiential or clinical education in the healthcare professions by reviewing the design, implementation and assessment of clinical experience in the healthcare fields. Among the topics to be covered include supervisory policies and practices, communication, feedback, developing clinical expertise and reasoning skills, professionalism, student learning documentation and mapping, preceptor/supervisor training and development, and the role of entrust able professional activities, competencies and milestones in student clinician development.

HPE 700 Design & Implementation of Inter-Professional Education (3 credits)

Students will acquire the best evidence available and comprehensive appreciation for the many challenges, limitations, and opportunities in designing and implementing interprofessional education. This class will investigate the available literatures on IPE from around the world and across healthcare professions: what works, what doesn’t, what to expect, how to go about tackling the IPE challenge, and what to expect in the way of challenges.

HPE 670 Learning Assessment & Evaluation (3 credits)

This course examines a variety of assessment models and techniques used to evaluate student classroom performance, student clinical performance, instructor performance and educational programs. Students will design and execute assessment plans, interpret assessment data and develop continuous improvement plans.

HPE 760 Instructional Technology: Design, Theory, and Application (3 credits)

This course explores the history and theory of instructional technology used in educational settings. Focus is on identifying, discussing and comparing various instructional technology utilized in the design and delivery of online, blended, and traditional classroom learning environments. Best practices of current instructional technologies applied in higher education classrooms are systematically designed, created, shared, and reviewed.

HPE 752 Curriculum Design for the Healthcare Professions (3 credits)

Students will learn how effective health professions curricula must integrate the basic and clinical sciences, connect didactic to experiential learning, be competency-based and time-variable, include andragogic underpinnings and approaches of delivery, and create meaningful program outcomes and assessment opportunities that verify quality and excellence. In addition timely issues such as the curricular incorporation of clinical experiences/education, the sociocultural aspects of healthcare, and pertinent accreditation issues and constraints for healthcare professions will be addressed.

Elective (3 Credit Hours) or Thesis (6 Credit Hours)

Elective course (3 credits)


HS 686A Health Science Thesis (3 credits)
HS 686B Health Science Thesis (3 credits)

Program Faculty

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

Tuition & Financial Aid

Financial Aid: This program is eligible for Federal Student Financial Aid. Available to those who qualify.

Tuition: $590 per credit hour

Optional Thesis: $1770

Thesis Committee Fee: $1050

University Resource Fee: $36 per semester

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