Master of Health Professional Education

Courses and Study Australian courses Master of Health Professional Education

James Cook University is a recognised leader in rural and remote health, tropical medicine and health in Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region. The Master of Health Professional Education provides you with the knowledge, skills, and competencies to improve clinical teaching in all health professions including medicine, nursing, dentistry, and allied health.

Campus
External
Start dates
February, July
Duration
1.5 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
Off campus

Career opportunities

This course is suitable for health professionals to gain in-depth knowledge and skills for careers in health professional education and research. It focuses on teaching and learning in health contexts, and completion of a project in health professional education.

The principal aim of these courses is to provide a sound theoretical foundation and practical teaching skills for those involved in teaching students in the health professions.

They focus on:

  • Theoretical perspectives of health professional education
  • Practical skills for health professional education
  • Development of 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.

Course highlights

James Cook University is a recognised leader in rural and remote health, tropical medicine and health in Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region.

  • New teaching facilities including a medical research laboratory
  • Research partnerships with Indigenous Australian communities and international organisations
  • Clinical schools in Cairns, Mackay, Atherton and the Northern Territory.

Course overview

This course is designed to provide health professionals with an understanding of specific strategies related to teaching in clinical settings. Clinical teachers are being recruited from a wide variety of clinical settings including urban and rural hospitals, general practices, and community clinics.

Clinical teachers are also involved in the teaching of post-registration health professionals who are working towards their professional qualifications, such as GP registrars and hospital residents.

While these teachers have registered qualifications within their disciplines, the majority do not have formal qualifications in teaching. This course is designed to develop educator skills for busy health professionals.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

HS5405:03 Teaching for Learning in the Health Professions

HS5406:03 Strategies for Clinical Teaching

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

OPTIONS

Select 6 credit points of subjects from one the following groups

Group 1

HS5409:03 Innovative Teaching in the Health Professions

HS5410:03 Health Professional Education using Action Research

Group 2

(Note: This group is only available for health practitioners currently registered as nurses)

NS5407:03 Contemporary Issues in Nurse Education

NS5408:03 Clinical Teaching in Nursing and Midwifery

PLUS

Select three credit points of any postgraduate subjects

Pathway into course

Please consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

Handbook

Master of Health Professional Education

Course code

107004

Course type

Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)

Division

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

The Masters in Health Professional Education enables health professionals to complete a postgraduate qualification which enhances their teaching and learning skills to an advanced level.

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.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

HS5405:03 Teaching for Learning in the Health Professions

HS5406:03 Strategies for Clinical Teaching

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

OPTIONS

Select 6 credit points of subjects from one the following groups

Group 1

HS5409:03 Innovative Teaching in the Health Professions

HS5410:03 Health Professional Education using Action Research

Group 2

(Note: This group is only available for health practitioners currently registered as nurses)

NS5407:03 Contemporary Issues in Nurse Education

NS5408:03 Clinical Teaching in Nursing and Midwifery

PLUS

Select three credit points of any postgraduate subjects

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

External only

Candidature

Expected time to complete

18 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

6 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

No

Accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for exemption for previous tertiary study where appropriate in accordance with the Advanced Standing 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).

Currency

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

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 12 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

Award title

MASTER OF HEALTH PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

Approved abbreviation

MHlthProfEd

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.