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MD/Master in Health Professions Education (MS-HPE)

The Doctor of Medicine (MD)/Master of Science in Health Professions Education (MS-HPE) Dual Degree Program is designed to facilitate the integration of these two academic programs. Health Professions Education provides the next generation of health professions faculty advanced training in education. The MS-HPE aims to equip students with the necessary tools to further develop interprofessional health profession courses and curricular design, research, and assessment skills. 

Timeline & Program Completion

The dual degree program is completed in 5 years.

  • The MD curriculum is spread over 4 years of study (years 1-3 and year 5).
  • To obtain the MS-HPE degree, students must earn an additional 32 credit hours.
    • 6 credits during the first summer
    • 26 credits in year 4 (the “step-out” year)

The MS-HPE requires completion of a Capstone 3-credit course and dissemination of a rigorous, educationally focused research project, supervised by an MD and HPE mentor. Successful completion of the HPE Capstone will satisfy the Scholarly Project requirement of the MD FRCT course

Sample Schedule

Below is a sample schedule for the 5-year MD/MS-HPE Program.

  • Please visit the Office of Medical Education website for the most up-to-date schedule of the MD program.
  • Please contact the HPE Program director for the most up-to-date schedule of the HPE Program.


Prospective students can apply to this program through the School of Medicine application process.

Current students may also apply after they have matriculated as MD-only candidates. To initiate the admissions process, current medical students must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to the Office of Student Research by December 15 of their first year of medical school.

Submit the LOI via email–

To: Dr. Rick Matteson (
Cc: Fiama Romero (


Tuition and fees for the MS-HPE are charged per credit hour. Students may be eligible for a GTA during the step-out year, which would provide a stipend, tuition remission, and healthcare benefits.

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