Launch a Fulfilling Career in Health Professions Education

The need for health care professionals is growing, and so is the need for talented health care educators who can prepare the next generation of caring experts. Learn how to inspire the next generation of health care professionals in our hands-on, experience-focused program.This program, offered in partnership between Pacific’s renowned Dugoni School of Dentistry and Benerd College, prepares you to launch a new chapter of your career.

Flexible Learning for Professionals

Pacific's master's degree program in health professions education is perfect for busy professionals. Available fully online through a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous courses, you can progress through the program on your schedule. The entire degree can be completed in two years. 

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Earn a Stackable Certificate

You can also work toward this degree in partial steps through either the Leadership in Health Education or Teaching, Innovation and Design certificates. Earn one now, then use the credits when you’re ready to earn your degree.

Fully Online*

2-year program length

125+ years of combined expertise

*synchronous and asynchronous courses

Why Study Health Professions Education?

In this unique master’s program for healthcare professionals, you will develop the educational tools and insights needed to contribute to the future of your profession.

Hone Your Skills with Experiential Learning

Many assignments for this program are designed to be completed in real-world teaching environments, giving you opportunities to practice your new-found teaching skills and incorporate them into your current professional goals.

Innovative Approaches and Design Thinking

Through design thinking and innovation frameworks, you will mature into an educator who develops competent health professionals in an ethical and socially responsible way. 

Parvati Iyer, DDS, MAEd

"This program has solidified my teaching methodologies and given me the tools to be a futuristic educator of the next generation of oral health professionals. The assignments have strengthened my teaching philosophy and writing skills, and helped me grow out of my comfort zone. I am now so excited to implement what I have learned in the program to modernize dental education in a way that is sustainable."

–Pavarti Iyer, DDS, MAEd '23
Assistant Professor and ICS Course Director
Dugoni School of Dentistry

Pavarti Iyer, DDS, MAEd '23

What Can You Do with a MAEd in Health Professions Education?

Educators in the health care field are needed in colleges and universities, trade schools, clinical settings and more. Anywhere future caretakers are being trained, professionals with both expertise in both health care and education—such as a master's in heath professional education—are in demand.

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Career Outlook for Health Professions Education

Employment of health specialties teachers is projected to grow 24% by 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is the fastest growth rate of any area of postsecondary education. Experts in health professions education are needed to train a growing health care workforce to meet the increasing demands of an aging population.

Explore Courses for Health Professions Education

In our master’s in health professions education coursework, you will explore topics such as program design, innovative teaching and health care education. Expand your teaching expertise in courses that include:

  • Learning Design — Use design thinking frameworks to construct meaningful and engaging learning experiences and create a package of new or redesigned learning experiences for a variety of settings.
  • Innovation in Education — Identify innovative solutions to training issues in your field and, as part of your coursework, apply for grants to support the application of those solutions.
  • Nature and Conditions of Learning — Complete a final project that involves creating a resource to help address a pressing issue in your field. Past students have created podcasts, YouTube videos, workshops for their peer and more.


EDUC 295D. Trends in Health Professions Education. 3 units. Focused on the changing landscape and shifting paradigm in healthcare and health professions education, and what we can do as educators in response to the opportunities and challenges brought by the new learning needs of students, diverse patient population, evolving technology, and emerging pedagogical models. Key trends and hot topics in curriculum design, instruction, and technology in the health sciences will be examined and discussed.

EDUC 295P. Teaching and Assessment in Health Professions Education. 3 units.Focused on assisting faculty in the health professions and others who support them to understand and implement effective teaching and assessment strategies. Addresses the knowledge, skills, and dispositions expected from a professional educator within the specific context of health professions.


EDUC 230. Leading in Diverse Contexts. 3 units. This course provides knowledge and skills to lead, motivate, and coordinate diverse individuals toward attaining shared goals. The course will include study of leadership in organizational and community-based contexts, with an emphasis on development of personal leadership competencies.

EDUC 372. Program and Organization Evaluation. 3 units. The course provides knowledge, skills, and experience in the evaluation process for programs and organizations to facilitate organization effectiveness and development.


EDUC 216. Nature & Conditions of Learning. 3 units. Students study both cognitive and traditional learning theories, their applications to instruction and the development of effective teaching strategies. In addition, information processing models are explored and their implications for instruction are addressed

EDUC 273. Innovation in Education. 3 units. This course explores innovation in the educational and social sectors. Provides knowledge and skills necessary to create change within these sectors.


EDUC 295M. Learning Desing. 3 units. This course provides understanding and application in the design, development, and evaluation of learning experiences in various sectors, with a particular emphasis on creating innovative and immersive learning experiences.

EDUC 290. Digital and Blended Learning. 3 units. In this course students will explore and apply digital and blended learning models to design technology-enhanced learning.


EDUC 274. Action Research. 3 units. This course focuses on methods of designing and conducting action research in education. Topics include: characteristics of action research, data collection and analysis, determining trustworthiness, and ethical issues related to action research. Students will engage in action research to learn how to develop actionable knowledge. This course is a component in the set of research courses required for master and doctoral students.

EDUC 215. Creativity & Ideation. 3 units. This course engages students in processes to foster creativity and develop original ideas. Students develop skills in creativity and ideation processes to develop solutions that will be launched later in the program.


EDUC 296T. Integrative Capstone in Innovative Teaching and Learning. 2 units.

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