MSc in Health Professions Education

Maastricht University, Faculty of Health, Medicine & Life Sciences

Program Description

MSc in Health Professions Education

Maastricht University, Faculty of Health, Medicine & Life Sciences

MSc in Health Professions Education

Health professionals play an important role in preventing, treating and curing disease and in promoting health at the individual and societal levels. It is essential to ensure that those who train healthcare professionals create effective educational programmes that result in high quality health services. The Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE) gives participants the knowledge and skills required for a career in health professions education and research.

The MHPE is a two-year half-time programme taught in English. It is largely based on distance learning, with a maximum of three short periods in Maastricht. Students will receive a Master of Science degree in Health Professions Education.

Specific distinctive features of the SHE MHPE of Maastricht University are:

  • The SHE Master of Health Professions Education programme is strongly research-oriented.
  • The Maastricht programme is explicitly internationally oriented.
  • The programme is accredited and has been awarded the distinctive feature Internationalization.
  • The programme focuses on innovative learning environments.
  • Collaborating master programmes of SHE are conducted in Canada, New York and Singapore, exchange of best practices and staff’s expertise are unique features.
  • Graduated Masters and leaders in health professions education around the globe stay strongly involved and connected in the SHE Community. Together we build a network of health professions education experts worldwide.

Programme information

The Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE) provides the knowledge and skills relevant to a career in educational development in medical education.

The programme is open to students who have acquired a university degree in one of the health professions in their native country (e.g., health sciences, medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, dentistry, pharmacy, speech therapy), at a level equivalent to that of the Dutch degrees in these fields. In some cases graduates from a University of Applied Sciences are admissible.

The MHPE programme is a two-year half-time programme, mostly distance based. It is a modular curriculum with units lasting around eight weeks. Participants spend two full-time short periods in Maastricht. These two periods of three weeks are dedicated to educational activities.

Teaching methods

Most units of the Master of Health Professions Education are distance-based. Two units are campus-based; the first unit (3 weeks) in year 1 and the first unit (3 weeks)in year 2.

The campus-based units are especially intended for skills training, knowledge and skills about working in problem-based learning and getting to know the other students. They are also meant to provide an overview of the content of the units that are still to come.

In the distance education units, students work on assignments that need to be done either individually or in collaboration with other students. An electronic learning environment Blackboard is available for the students. Internet access is a definite prerequisite for participants in the programme since the communication is mainly done by email and Blackboard.

The instructional method of the face-to-face units is Problem-Based Learning (PBL). Learning-by-doing is central to the curriculum, both as an object of study and as a method of learning. Strong emphasis is placed on practical exercises, since the ability to apply the acquired knowledge is of paramount importance, particularly to health professions education. Students can immediately apply the insights to their own situation.

If you are not able to follow the Master of Health Professions Education in 2 years you can also choose for separate modules in online certificate courses. SHE offers also 100% online certificate courses Flexible learning; working at your own pace within overall course time limits. Online learning that incorporating the latest learning tools

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 22, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Online & Campus Combined
Start Date
Start date
May 15, 2017
2 years
Part time
Apr. 15, 2017
Start date May 15, 2017
Netherlands Maastricht
Application deadline Apr. 15, 2017
End date Request Info
Netherlands Maastricht
Application deadline Apr. 15, 2017
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price - €15.400 to be paid in two installments