Jul 16, 2012    #088
Contact: John Austin

UMKC Schools of Medicine and Education collaborate to offer Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Curriculum and Evaluation

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and School of Education are offering a new Graduate Certificate Program in Health Professions Curriculum and Evaluation, which reflects a unique collaboration between the two schools -- both nationally recognized for their innovative educational programs. The certificate provides an educational research foundation for development of skills in teaching, curriculum design and assessment of student learning in health professions education. It includes six courses (18 credit hours) and is based on a mix of web-based and classroom instruction.

"There is an increasing demand for high quality educational programs that are designed to meet the needs of health educators, and UMKC is one of just a few universities nationwide currently offering this option," said Ellen Lavelle, Ph.D., associate research professor and coordinator of the program. "What sets UMKC program apart is that it provides an educational foundation, based on theory and application, as linked to teaching, instructional design, assessment of student learning and scholarship. Students will apply what they learn to real-world educational problems they face every day in their professional lives."

The certificate program is supported by an outstanding faculty who hold advanced degrees in health professions and in education, and draw on a wealth of professional and educational experience. The program is open to all health care and allied health professionals in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Deliver effective, theory-based instruction in large group, small group, and clinical settings
  • Advance skills in educational research as it relates to the quality of instructional practice
  • Design evidence-based educational programs and materials with appropriate scope, sequence, and focus for learners
  • Understand assessment and to effectively use assessment tools to track student progress and to promote student learning
  • Develop skill in program and curriculum development and evaluation in health professions education
  • Identify current issues in health professions education and develop skill in monitoring changes in the field

The certificate program may be completed in one year and includes the following six courses:

  • Current Issues in Health Professions Education
  • Educational Psychology: Focus on Teaching in Higher Education
  • Assessment in Health Professions Education
  • Instructional Design
  • Principles and Methods of Research
  • Program Development and Evaluation

Lavelle said plans to expand the UMKC program include a second year of study, which would culminate in a master's degree in Health Professions Education. She expects the certificate and degree will appeal to teaching faculty across the health sciences, students completing their residencies or post-graduate fellowships, as well as allied health educators.

Registration for the UMKC Graduate Certificate Program in Health Professions Curriculum and Evaluation for the Fall 2012 session is open now. Applications are due August 15, and classes begin August 24. Students may apply for the certificate or register for specific courses as "visiting students" and receive credit toward the certificate if they elect that option at a later date. To register or for more information, visit

About the UMKC School of Education

The mission of the UMKC School of Education is to recruit, prepare, and support outstanding teachers, mental health professionals, and administrators who will create lifelong opportunities through education for America's diverse urban communities. The School aspires to prepare educational professionals who are grounded in both theory and practice and can respond effectively to the needs of a culturally, ethnically, and socially diverse society. For more information about the UMKC School of Education, visit

About the UMKC School of Medicine

The UMKC School of Medicine was founded in 1971 as an innovative combined degree program. From its baccalaureate/MD curriculum to a docent system that emphasizes small group learning, the school has remained a trendsetter in medical education and research. For more information about the UMKC School of Medicine, visit You can also find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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