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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical & Health Professions Education, MHPE

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MHPE Mission Statement

EVMS’s Medical and Health Professions Education (MHPE) Programs are dedicated to building a diverse, interprofessional learning community of scholars committed to advancing diversity, inclusion, equity and socially responsible education, research, and service in the health professions.  

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

Students who enroll in the MHPE programs will engage in transformational learning that connects their experiences, coursework, and knowledge to develop a more sophisticated understanding of the world that informs their teaching, research, and professional practice. Graduates of the Doctoral Program in Medical and Health Professions Education are:

Goal 1: Health professions educators who exhibit cultural humility and sensitivity who are able to 

  • SLO 1.1 Consider the diverse backgrounds of learners  
  • SLO 1.2 Design accessible learning environments  
  • SLO 1.3 Communicate educational content effectively to diverse student populations 
  • SLO 1.4 Assess educational outcomes 
  • SLO 1.5 Evaluate program effectiveness 

Goal 2: Contemporary health professions scholars who are able to 

  • SLO 2.1 Consider the diverse backgrounds and perceptions of human subjects research populations 
  • SLO 2.2 Assess research quality for rigor and bias 
  • SLO 2.3 Adhere to legal and ethical research practices 

Goal 3: Community engaged health professions practitioners who are able to

  • SLO 3.1 Connect local, national, and global events with their teaching and leadership 
  • SLO 3.2 Apply principles of leadership in health professions education 

What does socially responsible education, research & service mean?

As future educators, graduates of the MHPE programs are dedicated to using education as a driver of economic opportunity and social justice. The MHPE students’ learning experiences will be facilitated by curricula that: 

  • Examine the sociocultural contexts of teaching and learning 
  • Facilitate access through online learning 
  • Consider the role of social and structural determinants of health in medical and health education 
  • Develop cultural humility and compassion for the human condition 
  • Foster an action orientation 
  • Explore unconscious bias as educators and scholars 


This program maintains an admission process unique to the program. Prospective students are encouraged to review the admissions   requirements in order to best prepare themselves for a successful future at EVMS.

Academic Calendar

This program maintains an academic calendar unique to the program that includes exam schedules. All students are encouraged to review the academic calendar  in order to be successful at EVMS.

Tuition and Fees Process

This program maintains a tuition and fees process unique to the program. All students are encouraged to review the tuition and fees process    in order to best prepare themselves for a successful future at EVMS.


The curriculum for the MMHPE program has been constructed with the input from the course and program directors. The curriculum is designed to prepare educational leaders in various medical and health professions organizational settings. The program provides advanced education in the areas of learning, assessment, curriculum, instruction, research, evaluation, leadership and professionalism with an emphasis on real-world, practical applications.

The 31 credit hour distance learning program is designed to be completed in four 16 week terms and one 12 week term. Students will take two courses at a time over the 16 week term with the exception of the final spring term when the one credit Capstone is also taken.

Students complete coursework and interact with instructors and classmates through a distance education format utilizing the Blackboard (Bb) Learning Management System. Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded the Master of Medical and Health Professions Education (MMHPE) degree and may use the initials MMHPE after their name.

Educational Format

Courses are delivered entirely online asynchronously with the occasional synchronous session. Students complete the practicum virtually at EVMS. The practicum involves building upon didactic knowledge to design a completely online course.

Faculty and Staff

Program Director
Peggy E. Gesing, PhD, Assistant Professor

Program Staff

R. Jason Lynch, PhD, Teacher

Kathleen Gabana, MEd, Program Administrator

Angela Schlender, Distance Learning Specialist, Program Coordinator

Tyrah Vann, MPH, Distance Learning Specialist


Robert Armstrong, Assistant Professor

Amanda Burbage, PhD, Assistant Professor

Mekbib Gemeda, Vice President, Diversity

Richard Gonzalez, PhD, Associate Professor

Gyorgy Lonart, PhD, Professor

Alberto Musto, MD, PhD, FAES, Associate Professor

Heather Newton, EdD, Director, GME Educational Programs

Michelle Rogers-Johnson, PhD, Assistant Dean, Assessment and Learning Outcomes

Jennifer Styron, PhD, Assistant Professor

Felicia Toreno, PhD, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, Director of Ultrasound Education

Kathleen Gabana, MEd, Program Administrator

Tyrah Vann, MPH, Distance Learning Specialist

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