Master of Health Professional Education

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Master of Health Professional Education

This 1.5 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) Master of Health Professional Education (HPE) is offered online to Australian and international students. It provides you with knowledge, skills, and competencies required to be a leader in improving clinical teaching and educational research in all health professions including medicine, nursing, dentistry, and allied health.

Your qualification will be valued, especially because it's from James Cook University (JCU), a university that is recognised internationally as a leader in rural and remote health, tropical medicine and health in Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region.

Start dates
February, July
3 years part-time
Study mode
Off campus

Career opportunities

You’ll have an advantage after completing this JCU Master’s degree as you will have formal qualifications as a teacher, educator and leader in HPE as well as in your clinical discipline, while other clinical teachers only have registered qualifications in their clinical discipline.

This qualification will lead you to interesting and very rewarding career options. That's because the growing number of students in all health professions means that clinical teachers are required for a wide variety of clinical settings including urban and rural hospitals, general practices, and community clinics.

As a clinical educator, you could also teach post-registration health professionals, such as GP registrars and hospital residents.

Course highlights

This JCU course is for you if you're already a health professional and you aspire to make a difference in healthcare as a health professional educator or educational researcher. It focuses on teaching and learning in health contexts, and includes completion of projects in health professional education.

You'll gain a sound theoretical foundation and learn practical teaching skills required to teach and supervise students in the health professions, along with educational research competencies. JCU aims to provide you with the skills required to be a leader in your field. You'll experience:

  • Online curriculum, so you can continue to work while you study
  • Recognition for achieving a degree from a university that is a recognised leader in rural and remote health, tropical medicine and health in Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region
  • The opportunity to learn from JCU's highly-qualified staff
  • Extensive support throughout your studies
  • Opportunities to benefit from JCU's research partnerships and networks with Australian Indigenous, rural and remote communities and international organisations.

Course overview

This highly-engaging JCU course is designed to develop educator and research skills for busy health professionals. All subjects are completed online.

As a qualified health professional already, you'll learn specific strategies related to teaching, learning, educational management and educational research in clinical settings. You'll develop:

  • Theoretical perspectives of health professional education
  • Practical skills required to be a lead educator in clinical settings
  • A conceptual framework for teaching, learning, and research in the health professions
  • Knowledge and skills in assessment, curriculum design, and leadership in health education
  • Evidence-based health profession education
  • Experience undertaking educational research.

Along with your research projects, examples of core subjects and options from which you can choose include:

  • Teaching for Learning in the Health Professions
  • Strategies for Clinical Teaching
  • Assessment and Evaluation in Health Professional Education
  • Curriculum Design and Renewal in Health Professional Education
  • Leadership in Health Professional Education
  • Innovative Teaching in the Health Professions
  • Health Professional Education using Action Research.

If you're a Registered Nurse, you may choose:

  • Contemporary Issues in Nurse Education
  • Clinical Teaching in Nursing and Midwifery

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.


Master of Health Professional Education

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Course type

Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)


Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Registration as a nurse, doctor of medicine or other health professional in Australia; or

Completion of an appropriate AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree in a relevant discipline with 2 years relevant experience or equivalent.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Additional entry requirements

In extenuating circumstances some students may be called for interview, prior to admission.

Post admission requirements

For flexible delivery option, computer and internet access is required.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

36 credit points as per course structure.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Health Professional Education will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced and integrated knowledge of evidence-based teaching and learning strategies, assessment, evaluation and curriculum design at an advanced or “leader” level of practice

  • Investigate, analyse and synthesise theories and principles of health professional education to solve complex problems unique to regional, remote and tropical Australia with a high degree of autonomy, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility

  • Develop leadership skills in the design and delivery of health professional education at a course, program and/or institutional level

  • Engage in research to critically evaluate, reflect on and apply new knowledge to the practice of health professional education

  • Demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability for own professional development in a leadership role in medical/health professional education

  • Conceptualise, interpret and justify principles, theories and methods of medical/health professional education for a variety of audiences at an advanced level of written and spoken English

  • Design, manage and conduct a research‐based project with professionalism and careful consideration for current ethical principles.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent RequirementsInherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.
Reasonable adjustmentsReasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure


HS5405:03 Teaching for Learning in the Health Professions

HS5406:03 Strategies for Clinical Teaching

HS5409:03 Innovative Teaching in the Health Professions

HS5410:03 Health Professional Education using Action Research

HS6405:03 Assessment and Evaluation in Health Professional Education

HS7410:03: Curriculum Design and Renewal in Health Professional Education

HS7411:03 Leadership in Health Professional Education

HS7500:06 Research Project 1

HS7501:06 Research Project 2


Select one 3 credit point postgraduate subject





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Expected time to complete

3 years part-time

Maximum time to complete

8 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Students may apply for exemption for previous tertiary study where appropriate in accordance with the Credit and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

18 credit points except where a student transfers from one JCU award to another, then advanced standing may be granted for more than two-thirds of the new award, where there is subject equivalence between the awards (e.g. 24 credit points for Graduate Diploma of Health Professional Education).


Advanced standing will be granted only for subjects completed in the last 6 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 14 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Studies and/or professional experiences undertaken to fulfil the entry requirements to JCU awards may not be used for advanced standing.

Award Details

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Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 12 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate of Health Professional Education OR Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 24 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma of Health Professional Education.

Course articulation

Students who complete this course are eligible for entry to equivalent graduate courses available at the time, within JCU guidelines and may be granted advanced standing for subjects completed under this course.

Special Awards

Where coursework is completed at a grade point average of 6 or above, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, on the recommendation of the College Dean may recommend the award of a Master of Health Professional Education with Distinction.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.