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Monash University

Master of Health Professional Education

NOTE: This course has been updated - please refer to the postgraduate handbook change register for details.

Course code: 3860 ~ Course abbreviation: MHPE ~ Total credit points required: 72 ~ 3 semesters full-time, 6 semesters part-time ~ Managing faculty: Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

This course, offered by the Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education, is designed for health professional educators wishing to study contemporary, evidence-based educational practices and to undertake high-quality educational research.

Course objectives

The course will support excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate course development in the health professions by developing educators who can implement curricular frameworks that are based on sound educational theory and research; model and promote internationally recognised contemporary and innovative educational practices; improve the learning experience of students in clinical environments by increasing the pool of teachers with advanced level skills; increase scholarship in health professional education that encourages high quality research pursuits; strengthen the teaching-research nexus in health professional education; foster development of career pathways for clinicians wanting to focus on education; prepare future educational leaders and policy makers in the health arena; promote a professional approach to the development and delivery of educational practice.

Course structure

The course can be completed in one of three ways, by completing core units and a further:

i.) 48 credit points of coursework units

ii.) 24 credit points of coursework units and a 24 credit-point thesis

iii.) 12 credit points of coursework units and a 36 credit-point thesis.

Course requirements

Semester 1

  • MEU0001 Teaching and learning in health professional education (core unit)
  • MEU0002 Developing clinical teaching and supervision (core unit)
  • MEU0005 Educational research methods for the health professions (core unit)
  • MEU0006 Simulation in health professional

Semester 2

  • MEU0003 Assessment and evaluation in health professional education (core unit)
  • MEU0004 Best evidence in health professional education (core unit)
  • MEU0007 Contemporary issues in health professional education
  • MEU0008 Advanced teaching practice development

Minor thesis option

Both theses must involve research into an aspect of educational practice that is of interest to the course participant. The work should be original, 15,000 – 20,000 words in length (24 credit point thesis) or 25,000 – 30,000 words (36 credit point thesis) and meet the standards required for publication

Students will be appointed a supervisor.


Assessment includes analytical essays, oral presentations, practical tests and completion of a teaching portfolio.

Contact details

Ms Caroline Bopp, course administrator: telephone +61 3 9905 8271; email or visit

Course coordinator

Dr Geoff White