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Health Professions Education (EdD)

A stethoscope on a table.

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

OVERVIEW

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 3.25 (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

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.

Teaching Core

Course Number Course Name Credits
HED 701

Social Determinants of Healthcare and Education

This course explores diversity in health professions education and healthcare. Issues of disparity in educational programs and their effects on diversity in the healthcare workforce are reviewed. Students will examine current research related to diversity trends in healthcare and how to best meet the needs of students and healthcare clients. 
2
HED 706

Curriculum Planning and Design in Health Professions Education

This course reviews major trends in higher education curriculum planning and design through the study of the history, development & management of curriculum and instruction within higher education and healthcare professions education more specifically. Course highlights the unique curricular and instructional requirements and challenges of distance education and field instruction. 
3
HED 707

Evidence-Based Practice in Health Professions Education

This course helps to prepare students to analyze best practice evidence to support the education of health professionals. With an emphasis on levels of evidence and research critique, this course examines research outcomes based on quality and applicability of the studies. Statistical significance and effect size will also be explored, along with ways to incorporate research review into the education of health professionals. 
2
HED 708

Teaching/Learning Strategies in Health Professions Education

This course analyzes teaching and learning strategies at the forefront of higher education, particularly health professions education. Students will explore how students learn and teaching techniques that maximize student performance. Emphasis is placed on learner-oriented techniques used in classroom-style, small group, and clinical instruction situations. 
3
HED 709

Outcomes Assessment in Health Professions Education

With a focus on the preparation and continuing education of healthcare professionals, this course studies contemporary assessment theory and practice with an emphasis on using assessment to improve student learning outcomes. The course is framed by an articulation of the dynamic link between assessment, curriculum planning, and instructional design. 
3
Total 13

Administration Core

Course Number Course Name Credits
HED 702

Leadership in Health Professions Education

This course examines current approaches to leadership and management in health professions education. Students will develop an understanding of leadership theories, management techniques, communication, team building, conflict resolution, group process, and delegation. These leadership and managerial issues will be viewed through a contemporary lens with the impact of changing demographics of health care and higher education in mind. 
3
HED 703

Current Issues in Health Professions Education

This course engages students in an analysis of key issues facing institutions and personnel that educate health professionals. Current issues including interprofessional education, accreditation, certification, entry-level requirements, and faculty roles and responsibilities in an ever-evolving world are explored. This course stresses the concept of becoming a "change agent" for improved learning outcomes and the advancement of the health professions. 
2
HED 704

Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Professions Education

This course analyzes the changing legal and ethical context of post-secondary institutions from the vantage point of both administrative and faculty functions, with an emphasis on higher education's role in the preparation and continuing education of healthcare professionals. 
3
HED 705

Finance and Planning in Health Professions Education

Explored in relation to the changing landscape of higher education, this course reviews, analyzes and builds the capacity of students to comprehend the changing economics of higher education and the key financial elements of academic programming. Emphasis is placed on budgeting, strategic planning, and the utilization of various budget models for funding academic programs. The financial and strategic challenges of healthcare education programs are highlighted. 
3
HED 710

Organizational Culture in Health Professions Education

This course explores the cultures in health professions education. Focus is on organizational structure, governance, and the impact on faculty/students. Students will gain an understanding of the cultures that can influence institutional change and conflict, and enhance and/or deter productivity in both higher education and the clinical education setting. 
2
Total 13

Teaching or Administration Practicum (Choose Either)

Course Number Course Name Credits
HED 730

Teaching Practicum I

This course prepares students for higher education by engaging them in the teaching process. Students will identify a current issue/topic of interest within health professions education and develop, plan, and implement a two-hour seminar for students within the health care programs at D’Youville College. Each student will be expected to individually prepare learning objectives and a detailed teaching/learning plan that will be approved by his/her advisor. The student will then implement the plan in its entirety for an audience of health care students. Each student will receive feedback from faculty, as well as ratings and comments from student participants. Students will then be expected to complete a reflection paper indicating areas of strength, weakness and avenues of improvement. 
2
HED 731

Teaching Practicum II

Building on skills developed in HED 730 – Teaching Practicum I, this course utilizes feedback and experiences to continue to hone teaching skills in a classroom-style setting. Students will again identify a current issue/topic of interest within health professions education and develop, plan, and implement a two-hour seminar for students within the health care programs at D’Youville College. Each student will be expected to integrate changes identified in the analysis of their previous teaching experiences in the development of the seminar, including modifications as needed to the teaching plan and learning objectives. The student will then carry-out the plan in its entirety for an audience of health care students. Each student will receive feedback from faculty, as well as ratings and comments from student participants. A reflection paper will highlight improvements from previous teaching experiences and plans for future development. 
2
Total 4
Course Number Course Name Credits
HED 732

Administration Practicum I

This course prepares doctoral candidates for higher education by engaging them in administration skills utilized by department managers. Students will be expected to complete a thorough analysis of three identified administrative components of an assigned facility/school. Potential components include legal/ethical issues, finance/planning, leadership/management, and organizational culture. Analysis will include a review of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) to the organization based on the current model of operation.  
2
HED 733

Administration Practicum II

This course builds on the detailed analysis conducted in HED 732 – Administration Practicum I. Using skills developed in the administration courses of the curriculum, students will be expected to create an action/strategic plan based on findings from their analyses. This plan will span a three year time period and will focus on the three administrative areas detailed in their analyses. The completed action/strategic plan will then be submitted to the student’s site supervisor for review and approval.
2
Total 4

Research Core

Course Number Course Name Credits
EDL 732/HED 720

Advanced Statistics

This course is designed to refresh student backgrounds in descriptive and inferential statistic, and through review of this background, to develop a much richer and deeper understanding of the applications of these background skills to the reading and interpretation of literature and conducting research. Students will review a wide variety of descriptive statistical techniques, then use these techniques to develop a deeper understanding of their applications to advanced inferential statistical methods. Students will become familiar with ANOVA models, regression techniques, factor analysis, and multivariate applications, and use these applications to review literature in their field of interest. 
4
EDL 733/HED 721

Quantitative Research Design

This course is designed to extend prior graduate training in quantitative research methodology to develop a much richer and deeper understanding of the application of these background skills to the reading and interpretation of literature and conducting research. Students will review a wide variety of quantitative techniques, including pre-experimental and quasi-experimental designs. Students will conduct literature reviews of their topic of interest, and apply their understandings of quantitative research methodologies to literature in their field of interest. Students design a study of their choice, including APA writing style, literature review, and a detailed methods section covering their applications of research design to their topic of choice. 
3
EDL 734/HED 722

Qualitative Research Design

This course is designed to extend prior graduate training in qualitative research methodology to develop a much richer and deeper understanding of the applications of these background skills to the reading and interpretation of literature and conducting research. Students will review a wide variety of qualitative techniques, including interviews, focus groups, content analysis, and ethnography. Students will conduct literature reviews on their topic of interest, and apply their understandings of qualitative methodologies to literature in their field of interest. Students design a study of their choice applying all aspects of the course, including APA writing style, literature reviews, and a detailed methods section covering their applications of research design to their topic of choice.
3
Total 10

Applied Research or Grant Writing Practicum (Choose Either) 

Course Number Course Name Credits
HED 740

Applied Research Practicum I

This course helps students develop a better understanding of the research process by engaging them in the creation of an applied research proposal. Students will identify a topic of interest within health professions education and develop an appropriate research question, literature review, and methodology for a pilot study. Students will also learn about human subjects’ protection and will submit an application to the Institutional Review Board. 
2
HED 741

Applied Research Practicum II

A continuation of Applied Research Practicum I, in this course students complete the research process by gathering and analyzing data for the pilot study. Students will learn how to write up research for scholarly publication, including finding appropriate, peer-reviewed journals and following author guidelines. 
2
Total 4
Course Number Course Name Credits
HED 743

Grant Writing Practicum I

This course helps students develop a better understanding of the process of seeking grant funding from a variety of funding sources. Students will identify a topic of interest within health professions education and develop a letter grant proposal up to the submission stage. Students will learn about the grant review process and specific information grant reviewers look for. 
2
HED 743

Grant Writing Practicum II

A continuation of Grant Writing Practicum I, this course prepares students to complete a full government grant application based on the topic identified previously. Students will gain an understanding of skills related to seeking a funding source, completing the application, and the peer review process. A variety of funding sources and a range of funding types will be reviewed to prepare students for future grant applications. 
2
Total 4

Dissertation

Course Number Course Name Credits
HED 801

Dissertation Proposal Development

Under the guidance of the dissertation committee, the doctoral candidate will complete the dissertation following the approved content and protocols of the proposal. Following the successful defense of the completed dissertation, the doctoral student will publically present an oral report on the findings and conclusions of the study. 
4
HED 802

Dissertation Guidance

Under the guidance of the dissertation committee, the doctoral candidate will complete the dissertation following the approved content and protocols of the proposal. Following the successful defense of the completed dissertation, the doctoral student will publically present an oral report on the findings and conclusions of the study.
6
Total 10

Electives (Choose 6 credits from the following)

Course Number Course Name Credits
HED 750

Interprofessional Education in Healthcare

This course explores interprofessional education in the healthcare professions, including practical methods of implementing interprofessional programming. Students will develop an understanding of the importance of values-based interprofessional collaboration, including developing scenarios for reflection and exploring modalities used in best practices.

3
HED 751

Online Course Design in Health Professions Education

This course explores online education in the healthcare professions. Students will gain an understanding of various design elements that can enhance online coursework, including community building, tech tools, and gamification of classes. Included in the course are components unique to online coursework in healthcare professions, such as integrating clinical laboratory components online and management of fieldwork.

3
HED 752

Program and Personnel Evaluation

This course focuses on building student capacities at evaluating both educational programs and effective instruction, and the links of this process to curriculum planning, instructional design, and the assessment of learning outcomes. It pays particular attention to accreditation as a continuous evaluation process aimed at improving the quality of education and meeting the needs of healthcare professionals and those they serve.
3
HED 753

Globalization and Health Professions Education

This course explores health professions education and the ever-expanding globalization in higher education. Students will identify the university as a global institution and consider the ramifications of international students, courses, research, and economic demands. Focus will be on viewing healthcare preparation from a global perspective, with student outcomes and the global labor market in mind.
3
HED 754

Survey Research Methods: Design and Application

This course focuses on advanced survey research techniques, sampling, and the use of online survey tools. Students will explore cases of effective use of surveys for healthcare outcomes, policies, and program development.
3
HED 755

Mixed Methods Research Design

This course explores the use of quantitative and qualitative data in a single research design. Case study designs that utilize both quantitative and qualitative data will be reviewed. The course will also identify exemplary mixed methods studies and their use by health professions researchers.
3
Total 6

Totals

Areas of Study Credits
Teaching Core 13
Administration Core 13
Teaching or Administration Practicum 4
Research Core 10
Applied Research or Grant Writing Practicum 4
Dissertation 10
Electives 6
Grand Total 60

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