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Education for Health Care Professionals


Education for Health Care Professionals Overview

The Graduate Program in Education for Health Care Professionals (EDHP) provides

the training necessary to produce effective leaders in health care professions education. The program prepares health professionals who have or are seeking, educational leadership positions and provides the background and skills necessary to be excellent teachers in their areas of the field of healthcare.

Those seeking our program can choose from a 32 credit hour thesis that focuses on research development. Thesis students explore research related to education and healthcare. The 36 credit hour non-thesis concludes in an educational healthcare project that traditionally offers current professionals the opportunity to leverage current projects or initiatives they are completing. The 14 credit hour certificate (CME credit available) culminates in a guided teaching practicum that offers professionals to apply the educational theory.

Program format

Education for Health Care Professionals is available as:

  • a master's degree program with thesis (32 credit hours)
  • a master's program without thesis (36 credit hours)
  • a certificate program (14 credit hours)

All courses are provided online as a distance education program. The deadline to apply for EDHP fall 2021 is March 7th. The application deadline has been extended to accommodate those affected by the winter storms in Texas.


EDHP Certificate Program

For students who wish to expand their knowledge of teaching and curriculum development. The certificate program is an intermediary step within the EDHP program and can be applied to the master's degree if the student wishes to pursue the advanced degree in the future.

Certificate Goals

The overarching goals of the certificate in EDHP are to prepare students to:

  • Teach in a variety of settings with an interdisciplinary team. Incorporate theory and practice in the development and implementation of educational offerings in diverse settings and populations.
  • Integrate collective teaching strategies and delivery systems for today's new learning environment.
  • Effectively evaluate student performance with the necessary tools and strategies in clinical and/or classroom settings.
  • Develop their skills as a new faculty member.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

  • Analyze educational pedagogies for a population of learners.
  • Apply best practices of curriculum development and evaluation methods in teaching environments.
  • Develop expertise in varied instructional methodologies.
  • Incorporate an interdisciplinary perspective into an educator role.
  • Integrate the role of educator into current practice.

Innovative Partnerships

These partnerships are used to meet the needs of these healthcare professionals and to train them to be formal educators in their field of specialty.


The EDHP program currently works closely with the College of Dentistry to develop current DDS students and to formally train them as educators to meet their pursuit of academic career goal. Current DDS students complete a strategic curriculum that optimizes the student’s dental curriculum. Current Texas A&M College of Dentistry students who are interested in the EDHP certificate or master’s partnership program should contact Dr. Patricia Simons at or review the information on the Office of Student Development website.

The EDHP program is part of the MDPlus program at Texas A&M University. This program is a unique opportunity for current Texas A&M College of Medicine students pursuing their MD degree. These students are interested in academia as physicians and want to pursue formal training to become better educators for patients and as they teach other medical students. Current Texas A&M College of Medicine students who are interested in the EDHP master’s partnership program should contact Mrs. Stacy De Leon at


The EDHP program is currently pursing a formal partnership with the Texas A&M University College of Pharmacy. This

List of Courses for MS/Cert Program

EDHP 622 Research Design and Analysis
Credits 4. 4 Lecture Hours.
Focus on the design of research studies in health professions education to include principles of research design and different types of designs; analyze the strengths and weaknesses of study designs while investigating, implementing and practicing the general principles of research design.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification.


EDHP 630 Teaching and Learning Theory
Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Explores educational theories and practices foundational to classroom, simulation and clinical learning; emphasis on practical application of teaching/learning theory in classroom, simulation and clinical learning environments promoting the transfer of theory to practice; demonstration of knowledge of teaching and learning theories impacting curriculum design relevant to the health care educator.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification.


EDHP 631 Curriculum Foundations for Health Care Professionals
Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.
Models of curriculum development and design based on educational philosophy and professional standards; scope and sequence, curriculum alignment, curriculum mapping; program development through generation of content outlines, objectives, and assessments.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

EDHP 632 Assessment and Evaluation for Healthcare Professionals
Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.
Practical and theoretical issues involved in evaluating student performance, teacher performance and educational programs; performance-based assessments applicable to didactic, simulated and clinical learning environments; assessment instruments and strategies in summative and formative evaluation processes; develop, execute and interpret educational assessments and evaluation methods.
Prerequisite: EDHP 631


EDHP 633 Teaching Strategies for Health Care Professionals
Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.
Best practices research on instructional pedagogy and adult learning; principles, concepts and theories used in practice that create effective learning environments; teaching strategies responsive to diverse learning styles and needs of learners; reflective practices and self-assessment; practical classroom, simulation and clinical teaching strategies consistent with current evidence; teaching methods using technology.
Prerequisites: EDHP 631; EDHP 632


EDHP 634 Teaching Practicum
Credits 1 to 2. 1 to 2 Lecture Hours.
Integration of education role theory and practice with socialization into the educator role; guided practicum with experiences in the application of the health professional's role as educator in selected academic and healthcare settings; experiences in the classroom and/or clinical area (academic or staff educator) as desired by the health profession.
Prerequisites: EDHP 630, EDHP 631, EDHP 632 and EDHP 633.


EDHP 635 Research and Writing in Education for Healthcare Professionals
Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.
Guided process to continue a research study; completing a draft of the thesis and/or the preparation of the oral defense.
Prerequisites: Approval of course director; HCPI 652.


EDHP 636 Project
Credits 3. 3 Other Hours.
Non-thesis, pedagogy-related research; practice effective research strategies as a collaborative, mentored experience; approved projects include written and final oral presentation.
Prerequisites: EDHP 630, EDHP 631, EDHP 632, EDHP 633, EDHP 634, HCPI 652 and approval of instructor.


EDHP 685 Directed Studies
Credits 1 to 3. 1 to 3 Other Hours.
Individual pursuit of specific problems involving the application of theory and practice in the various disciplines of healthcare education. May be taken three times for credit.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification and approval of instructor.


EDHP 691 Research
Credits 1 to 3. 1 to 3 Other Hours.
Student research initiative within the scope of the project/thesis. This course is designed to provide students with additional time and support to complete the thesis or project and to maintain continuous enrollment. This course may be repeated for a maximum of three credits.
Prerequisite: Completion of the thesis course and approval by the student’s advisory committee and the EDHP director.


HCPI 557 Contemporary Healthcare Issues
Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.
This course explores contemporary healthcare issues that affect the medical and dental needs of special care patients. The healthcare issues are examined within historic, economic, and philosophical contexts and students will analyze those that affect individuals with special healthcare needs.


HCPI 652 Scholarship: Integration and Application
Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.
Integrates theory, evidence, clinical judgment, research and interprofessional perspectives using translational processes to improve patient outcomes; application of available evidence to interdisciplinary clinical practice; identification of gaps in knowledge; development of a spirit of inquiry and lifelong scholarship.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification.


HCPI 655 Leadership and Health Policy I
Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.
Emphasis on leadership skills while focusing on ethical decision making and effective working relationships within an organization; preparation for the health profession leader to intervene at the system level through the policy development process; advocacy strategies to influence health and health care.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification.


HCPI 658 Survey Research
Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.
Development of knowledge and skills necessary to plan, conduct and evaluate survey research as well as write a survey research proposal.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for the EDHP program?

Students must follow the Texas A&M University graduate admission standards and process.

What do I need to know before I apply?

Applicants should be prepared to supply the following information on the application:

  1. A list of any courses to be completed during the present semester (if applicable).
  2. Scores of GRE, MCAT, DAT, PCAT or LSAT (only those who have not already completed a terminal degree. See question 4 for more information).
  3. Allow enough time to order transcripts from all institutions from which a degree was awarded.
  4. Three individuals as references.
  5. A list of any awards or honors received.
  6. A description of any research, work and teaching experience relevant to goals for graduate education.
  7. A statement explaining why you should be accepted into the EDHP program.
  8. A statement describing your field of interest, objectives of your educational program and educational career.

How do I track my admission status?

After submitting your application you will receive an email with your Universal Identification Number (UIN) and instructions to access the Applicant Information System (AIS). Check AIS regularly to ensure all documents have been received.

  • Allow two to three weeks to process each document submitted via the PREFERRED METHOD.
  • Documents submitted within one month of the deadline or submitted using a non-preferred method may not be noted as received until after the deadline.
  • Bring any discrepancies regarding your information to our attention immediately via Contact Us on AIS.
  • Your admission decision will be posted on the AIS.

Is there an entrance exam requirement?

No. However, students who have already completed an entrance exam and are currently pursuing their primary program of study (i.e. DAT, MCAT) may submit their scores.

What are the required documents I need to submit with my application?

The list of required documents can be reviewed online under the Required Documents section. There are also additional documents the EDHP program requests. Review the list of items also required for admissions under the Department-Specific Required Documents section. In addition to the documents listed under the Required Documents and Department Specific Required Documents sections, we will need proof of your professional and educational abilities (residency, fellowship, coursework in the United States), as well as terminal degrees.

How do I submit my required documents such as letters of reference, statement of purpose and my resume or curriculum vitae?

Students will complete the statement of purpose on their ApplyTexas application. Applicants will need to utilize the Applicant Information System (AIS) to upload a resume or curriculum vitae. Letters of reference will also be communicated through AIS. Specifically, an applicant will provide emails of the three individuals who have been identified to provide a reference.

What are the requirements for practicing dental hygienists?

All dental hygienist who apply must submit the documentation noted below in addition to the other documents required for a graduate application. You may upload the scanned documents to the Applicant Information System (AIS).

  1. Scores from the National Board Dental Hygiene examination
  2. Copy of Dental Hygiene license from any U.S. state

Note: You must have graduated from an accredited dental hygiene program in the United States or Canada. If you are unsure your program meets this requirement, you can search your allied program through the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) website under the Find a Program tab.

Is there an entrance exam requirement?

Yes, all students must have an entrance exam. Students who have already completed an entrance exam for their primary program of study (DAT, MCAT) do not need the GRE. Students who must take the GRE must score a minimum of 146 (400 on the old scale) in the Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections. Students must also score a minimum of four in the Analytical writing section. Applicants who possess terminal degrees (MS, MD, DDS) do not need to complete an entrance exam.

What are the requirements for students whose native language is not English?

Students whose native language is not English should refer to Section 5 of the Texas A&M Office of Admissions guidelines for international graduate students to determine whether a TOEFL exam is required.

Do I have to complete a thesis to earn a Master of Science?

No, students can choose a thesis track or a non-thesis track. The non-thesis track requires students to complete a project.

What are the course descriptions for each EDHP course?

Course descriptions can be found in the Texas A&M Graduate Course Catalog.

Are there fee and tuition estimates?

Yes, resident and non-resident applicants can estimate their tuition and fees using the Texas A&M Tuition Calculator.

Will I earn an Aggie Ring?

Yes, EDHP students are eligible for an Aggie Ring. However, the track you pick will determine the criteria.

A master's student completing a thesis will be eligible when you have defended your thesis. Due to ordering deadlines, you may order your ring at the beginning of the semester in which you will graduate. Your records will be reviewed prior to Aggie Ring Day to verify you have defended your thesis. If your records indicate that you have not defended your thesis prior to Aggie Ring Day, your ring will be held until all qualifications have been met.

A master's student completing the non-thesis track will be eligible for an an Aggie Ring if you have completed 75 percent of the coursework required for your degree. Your degree plan must be on file with the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies in the Document Processing Submission System (DPSS).

For more Aggie Ring information, please visit The Association of Former Students website.

What tools do I need to successfully participate in online classes?

Our courses are taught using the learning management system eCampus (or Blackboard). eCampus will work with multiple browsers. Run a browser check to ensure eCampus will support your browser and operating system.

Why choose online education?

Distance education provides students with a flexible schedule. This allows students to work full time while continuing their education. Students generally save money and time by not commuting to and from campus. Distance education is student-centered learning that translates into greater student interactivity and engagement.


What are some of the myths about online learning?

To learn more about the myths of online learning, visit the eLearners and Education corner websites.


How to Apply to the EDHP Program

Students interested in both the MS and the Certificate Program must follow the Texas A&M University graduate admission standards and process.

Application Checklist

  • Complete the EDHP application on ApplyTexas. Please complete each section of the application. Our program reviews all sections for admission.
  • Pay application fee
  • Submit your Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) through the Applicant Information System.
  • Submit your GRE or entrance exam scores (if applicable).
  • Submit all official transcripts. Any institution listed on the educational background section will need an official transcript submitted to Texas A&M University.
  • Request 3 letters of reference through electronic letter of recommendation system nin the Applicant Information System (AIS). If necessary, paper forms can be uploaded on AIS.
  • Submit a copy of a Permanent Resident Card/I-551/I-485 (if applicable).
  • Complete the Petition to Waive Bacterial Meningitis for Distance Education and submit it the Office of Admissions. All approved delivery methods are listed on the top section of the form.

Please contact us at with any application questions.