Influence the future of healthcare.

The PhD in health professions program prepares students to train the next generation of health care professionals. 

Our students are nurses, dental assistants, athletic trainers, radiologists and surgical technicians. You'll debate issues and trends in higher education, learn the principles of teaching strategy, analyze professional health curricula and conceptualize the values and ethical systems of the health professional.

Doctoral experience is essential for the advancement of academic and professional educators. Our program is a hybrid, taught both online and onsite — allowing you to plan your classes around your schedule. You'll graduate with a PhD in 3 years, prepared to work in higher education and health care.

Program Requirements

The PhD in health professions curriculum includes two major components, education and research. The HPED courses are the education cognates, the foundation and theory for the education knowledge base. These are the courses that constitute the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) Health Professions Education program and they are taught exclusively online.

The DEDU courses are the research courses in the PhD program that provide the background and theory for the research portion culminating in the dissertation research project. These courses are taught on site at Simmons College.

Sample Curriculum
Year One

Fall Semester
  • HPED 501: Issues in Health Professions Education (2 credits)
  • HPED 503: Principles of Assessment and Teaching (2 credits)
  • HPED 505: Curriculum Development and Evaluation (2 credits)
Spring Semester
  • HPED 506: Organization, Leadership and Change (2 credits)
  • HPED 507: Teaching Methodologies and Classroom Design (2 credits)
  • HPED 508: Theories and Practice of Adult Education (2 credits)
Summer Semester
  • HPED 510: Education Preceptorship/Practicum (4 credits)

Year Two

Fall Semester
  • DEDU 651: Applied Statistics I (4 credits)
  • DEDU 653: Qualitative Research Design (4 credits)
  • DEDU 670: Dissertation Seminar Part I (2 credits)
Spring Semester
  • DEDU 652: Applied Statistics II (4 credits)
  • DEDU 654: Quantitative Research Design (4 credits)
  • DEDU 655: Diversity in Education (4 credits)
  • DEDU 670: Dissertation Part II (2 credits)
Year Three
  • DEDU 690: Dissertation (8 credits)
    Arlene Lowenstein
    • Arlene Lowenstein
    • Director of the CAGS Health Professions Program and Professor of Practice
    • Phone: 617-521-2305
    Sarah Desmond
    • Sarah Desmond
    • Associate Professor of Practice
    • Phone: 617-521-2546
    • Office: S307
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    • Patricia Rissmiller
    • Chair, Graduate Nursing Program and Associate Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-2133
    • Office: S342
    Julie Vosit-Steller
    • Julie Steller
    • Associate Professor of Practice
    • Phone: 617-521-2438
    • Office: S333
    Sarah Volkman
    Patricia White
    • Patricia White
    • Director of DNP Program and Professor of Practice
    • Phone: 617-521-2138
    • Office: S308
How to Apply

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