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The Academy for Scholarship in Education

On-line Master's Program

We are proud to offer an on-line Master's Program in conjunction with the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign's Human Resource Education Department.  This is a Master's in Education, with an emphasis on Health Professions Education.  Please see below for more details.  If you are interested, please contact either Debra Klamen ( or Nicole Roberts (  and they will send you more information and/or speak with you directly. 

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For nearly 10 years, the Department of Human Resource Education (HRE) at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign has offered a highly successful online program for educators engaged in workforce and human resource development in a variety of organizational settings in the State, country, and internationally. The Department now has the opportunity to expand its online human resource development (HRD) program by offering a special emphasis on training and development in healthcare settings in collaboration with the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield (SIUSOM), a nationally recognized leader in professional training and development of health care professionals. 

Current economic and social indicators point to the need for educating leaders in the health professions who can manage change within their fields, overcome organizational barriers, and effectively direct the future of health care delivery systems.  Continued research in the area of health professions education is needed to improve teaching and learning within all health profession schools and to strengthen education at the graduate and professional levels as well as to educate faculty. 

Health professions programs are expanding nationwide in response to projected manpower needs and medical educators must be prepared to meet the educational needs of these expanding health professions programs.  The emphasis and collaboration between UIUC and SIUSOM is consonant with all these priorities.  The program will provide the training necessary to produce effective leaders and research collaborators in health professions education.  The program will be designed to recruit health professionals who have, or are preparing for, educational leadership positions in health professions schools but who lack formal training in education and professional development.

SIUSOM is a national leader in the field of medical education, and has been since Howard Barrows developed standardized patient testing and problem based learning there in the 70's and 80's.  The school has long had a number of faculty who come for year long fellowships to learn about medical education, and this master's program is a natural extension of the expertise and resources that already exist at the school.  The UIUC HRE program is nationally recognized and brings with it a great deal of expertise both in the educational course work and on-line delivery.  In addition, students already in the HRE program--many working in business and industry settings--provide a unique resource for health education professionals to widen their view of education and educational processes to the benefit of all concerned.

Program Parameters

Formal Description

Degree: Ed.M.
Major: Human Resource Education
Concentration: Human Resource Development
Emphasis: Health Professional Education

Curriculum (36 credit hours)
            HRE Core (16 hrs):

HRE 495, Applied Research Design (Capstone)
HRE 530, Organization Development
HRE 532, Strategic HRD
HRE 585, Program Evaluation            

        College Foundations (8 hrs)

EPSY 407, Adult Learning and Development
EPS 500, History of Work and Educational Policy

        HPE Emphasis (12 hrs):

HRE 411, Instructional Design, Curriculum in Medical Education
HRE 490, Issues and Developments in HRE, Clinical Performance Assessment
HRE 590, Seminar for Advanced Students, Leadership in Health Professional Education

Target Population

Educators working in healthcare settings as well as other healthcare professionals with interest in education research and leadership.  This population INCLUDES  residents.

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