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Build on the knowledge and skills you’ve developed in practice to take on new clinical roles or embark on a successful career in the classroom.

Overview & Distinctions


With D’Youville’s doctorate in Health Professions Education (EdD), you’ll earn the credential you need to launch your career as an educator, while also developing the teaching, administration, and research skills you’ll use to educate and prepare a new generation of healthcare providers.

The evolving nature of both the education and healthcare fields has created a demand for clinically-prepared educators who have the ability to seamlessly combine the two areas. At D’Youville you’ll learn from educators who have developed a reputation for developing healthcare professionals and leaders in education.

In the Health Professions Education doctoral program, you’ll learn at an institution that stresses the importance of interprofessional education. You’ll develop your education and teaching skills in an atmosphere that encourages cross-discipline collaboration and communication with one goal in mind — fostering positive patient outcomes.

What You’ll Learn

As a student in D’Youville’s Doctor of Education in Health Professions Education program, you will:

  • Develop the skills needed to maximize student success and foster engagement through techniques focused on the student learning experience.
  • Become an expert in curriculum planning, instructional design, and assessment with the goal of improving student learning outcomes.
  • Gain key knowledge in the education ecosystem through analysis of issues facing institutions and faculty, including interprofessional education, accreditation, certification, and the evolving roles and responsibilities of faculty.
  • Build the research skills and methods necessary for designing, gathering, processing, and publishing data-driven research to highlight healthcare issues and advocate for positive change.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Applicants are encouraged to contact an enrollment counselor using our online student resources.

Applicants for the program must:

  • Complete our free, online application.
  • Forward official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Have completed a master’s degree, with a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours with grades of B or better. 
  • Earned a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.0 (based on a 4.00 system) in previous coursework. 
  • Submit a professional resume or curriculum vitae showing evidence of clinical experience in a healthcare profession (preferably over a period of at least two years). 
  • Submit two letters of professional recommendation from graduate professors and/or employers/supervisors focusing on the candidate’s potential for success in a doctoral program. 
  • Submit a brief written statement (500-1000 words) of goals for pursuing doctoral study. 
  • Submit one writing sample, including examples from within your graduate program coursework or an individual scholarly publication. 
  • Complete a video interview with Health Professions Education faculty. 

Provisional Acceptance

Candidates who do not meet the above criteria, but who have a graduate grade point average of 3.00 and show promise, will be reviewed on an individual basis by the admissions committee and may be admitted provisionally. While having provisional status, the student must meet all academic requirements of the program and must receive grades of B or better in the first four courses of the program. 

Curriculum & Courses


The 60-credit Doctor of Education in Health Professions Education is designed to be complete in 3 years and combines courses in a number of core disciplines to ensure graduates are robust educators and able to work at the forefront of healthcare education.

Find detailed course information for the Health Professions Education Doctoral program (EdD), tools to plan your education, and complete academic policies and procedures in the D'Youville academic catalog.

HED-701 Soc Determinants of Healthcare & Edu 2
HED-702 Leadership in Health Professions Education 3
HED-703 Current Issues in Health Professions Edu 2
HED-704 Legal & Ethical Health Prof Edu 3
HED-705 Finance & Planning Health Professions 3
HED-706 Curr Plan & Design in Health Prof Edu 3
HED-707 Evidence-Based Prac Health Professions Edu 2
HED-708 Strategies in Health Professions Edu 3
HED-709 Outcomes Assess Health Prof Education 3
HED-710 Organizational Culture Health Professions 2
HED-720 Advanced Statistics 4
HED-721 Quantitative Research Design 3
HED-722 Qualitative Research Design 3
HED-730 Teaching Practicum I 2
or HED-732 Administration Practicum I
HED-731 Teaching Practicum II 2
or HED-733 Administration Practicum II
HED-740 Applied Research Practicum I 2
or HED-742 Grant Writing Practicum I
HED-741 Applied Research Practicum II 2
or HED-743 Grant Writing Practicum II
HED-801 Dissertation Proposal Development 4
HED-802 Dissertation Guidance 6
Total Credits 54


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