Foundations in Health Professions Education Certificate


The Health Professions Education Certificate can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. To be eligible for admission into the HPE program, an individual must be an employee of the federal government (either civilian or uniformed).

The Foundations in Health Professions Education (FHPE) is meant for individuals who wish to enhance their skills in leadership, research, and teaching. It is a stepping stone towards the MHPE and PhD in HPE, resulting in graduate school credits and a certificate. In addition, the FHPE can serve as a stand-alone credential for those individuals interested in receiving an introduction to the theory and practice of health professions education.

All of the courses in the FHPE Certificate are actual degree program courses which one would take when pursuing a MHPE or PhD in HPE. Furthermore, individuals who have participated in the School of Medicine’s Faculty Development Certificate Program can also apply those certificate program “credits” (receiving up to 2 credit hours) toward the FHPE.

The expectation is that the FHPE certificate will be completed within one academic year.


Successful completion of the FHPE requires completion of 20 credit hours* of HPE coursework.** Learners may select any of the recommended courses to complete the total credit hours.

*Note: USU graduate courses are based on quarter credit hours. One (1) traditional semester credit hour is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credit hours

**Students must maintain a 3.0 (B) average or better throughout graduate training to remain in good academic standing.


MED 500 Leadership Roles in HPE - 3 credits

MED 502 Philosophies of Science - 2 credits

MED 503 Practice of the Assessment of Competence - 2 credits

MED 504 Principles of Instruction in Clinical Education - 2 credits

MED 505 Quantitative Research Methods in HPE - 2 credits

MED 506 Principles of Online Instruction - 3 credits

MED 507 Qualitative Research Methods in HPE - 3 credits

MED 550 Learning Theories - 3 credits

MED 555 Teaching Methods - 3 credits

MED 560 Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation - 3 credits

MED 565 Curriculum Development - 3 credits

MED 605 Rhetoric and Academic Writing - 2 credits

MED 605 Survey Design Seminar - 2 credits

MED 605 Grant Writing Seminar - 2 credits

MED 605 Teaching with Technology Seminar - 2 credits

MED 605 Meet the Experts Seminar - 2 credits

MED 400 Practicum - credits vary


  • An earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited academic institution.
  • Applicants must be Active Duty Military Personnel or a Civilian Federal Employee (*Exceptions to this rule can occasionally be established through an official MOU between USU and an organization that wishes to enroll students in the HPE program.)
  • Complete college transcripts and transcripts of all previous graduate studies (if applicable).
  • A complete employment history.
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members under whom the applicant has studied.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, taken no more than two years before the time of application (though you may request a waiver; in some circumstances the HPE Admissions Committee can waive such a requirement).

Apply for admission using the USU application portal. Specifically:

  • Complete the HPE Personal Statement following the instructions below.
  • Visit the USU Registrar at, which will bring you to the homepage of Empower, our Registrar's system. Click on "Applications" at the top (not "USU-SSO Login"). On the next page, select "GEO Application."
  • Begin the formal USU application process, including submitting required official transcripts (college-onward), three letters of recommendation (for part-time applicants, one letter must be a letter of support from your supervisor), and a GRE score from within the last two years (though you may request a waiver; in some circumstances the HPE Admissions Committee can waive such a requirement).

Personal Statement Instructions:

For all applicants:

Please answer the following questions. In total, your answers should be no longer than 2 pages, single-spaced, 12-point font.

  • Why are you applying to the HPE program?
  • How has your background prepared you to succeed in the HPE program?
  • How will you use the knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired in USU’s HPE program to help you accomplish your career goals?
  • Please tell us anything else you would like us to know that might be pertinent to our evaluation of your application for admission to the HPE program.

For MHPE and PhD students only:

Please share your research interests by answering the following prompts.

  • Outline your research interest(s) (please be brief; no more than 500 words).
  • Why are you interested in pursuing this line of research (please be brief; no more than 250 words)?

Instructions for submission:

  • Please name your personal statement using the following file naming structure:
  • Last Name_First Initial_Personal Statement
  • Please email your personal statement as a PDF file, using the guidance provided in the application for emailing.
  • In the text box below type: “please see attached personal statement.”


Apply by December 1st to begin courses in the Summer Term (mid-May).



Tuition: $0

Fees: $0

Books: $0

Equipment: $0

Tuition and fees are waived for students. Civilian students do not incur service obligation to the United States government after the completion of their graduate studies.

All officers are strongly encouraged to seek official clarification from their respective personnel offices.