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, surgical technicians, plus many other health professions. 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 Education curriculum has two major components: education and research. The HPED courses are the education cognates, the foundation and theory for the education knowledge base. These courses are taught exclusively online and constitute the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) Health Professions Education program.

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

Full- and part-time study are available for this PhD program.

Sample Curriculum: Full-Time Schedule
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)
    Susan Duty
    • Susan Duty
    • Associate Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-2096
    • Office: S312
    Robert Goldman
    Daren Graves
    • Daren Graves
    • Associate Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-2519
    • Office: W304B
How to Apply

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