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GMS Journal for Medical Education

Gesellschaft für Medizinische Ausbildung (GMA)

ISSN 2366-5017

Master of Education for Health Care Professionals – Harvard Graduate School of Education

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GMS Z Med Ausbild 2012;29(1):Doc01

doi: 10.3205/zma000771, urn:nbn:de:0183-zma0007718

This is the English version of the article.
The German version can be found at:

Received: November 23, 2011
Revised: November 23, 2011
Accepted: November 25, 2011
Published: February 15, 2012

© 2012 Collins et al.
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Challenges in the growing complexity of the health care field not only concern health care professionals in terms of delivering adequate treatment to their patients, but also in terms of further enhancing and professionalizing methods of teaching. For this reason, experts are needed to design and assess curricula and improve learning environments for undergraduate, postgraduate, and continuing medical education students. In the context of exponentially growing medical knowledge it becomes even more relevant to have the expertise to teach this knowledge and to be able to optimize personal learning styles.

The Harvard Graduate School of Education offers a Special Studies Program, whereby participants learn general quantitative and qualitative methods as well as current trends and novel approaches in education. A wide range of courses can be selected by the program participants according to their individual focus of interest and specialization ranging from introductory courses in qualitative and quantitative research to the use of technology in education as well as principles of adult development or philosophy of education. Through cross-registration it is also possible to take courses at any other Harvard affiliated institution (e.g. Harvard Medical School, Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School) to further improve communication, management, or leadership skills. In some courses, students are encouraged to develop or bring their own projects which they can later apply to specific projects at their home institutions.

Degree: M.Ed. – Master of Education (Harvard Graduate School of Education/Harvard University)

Language: English

Duration: 1 academic year, 2 semesters (full-time), 2 academic years, 4 semesters (part-time), minimal requirement for successful completion of degree: 32 Credit Points (8 courses)

Schedule: full-time (minimum of 4 courses per semester) or part-time (minimum of 2 courses per semester) attendance, one academic year consists of: fall semester (August until December), winter term (January), spring semester (February until May).

Location: Cambridge, Boston, MA, U.S.A

Tuition Fee: $ 36,992 (financial aid and scholarships are available)

Requirements: GRE, TOEFL

Program Start: August of each year

Application Deadline: usually January of the same year (next deadline: January 4th 2012)

Job description: Educator in the Health care sector

This program can be used as an introduction to professional educational practice and will provide students with the necessary tools to design and assess teaching and learning in any given context as well as to connect educators from a large variety of backgrounds and nationalities. Health care professionals at any career level (after successfully passing “1. Abschnitt der ärztlichen Prüfung”) are encouraged to apply.

For additional information, please contact:

Dr. John W. Collins
Director, Special Studies Program
Telephone: (617) 495-4225

or visit

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.