Department of Health Professions Education

The Department of Health Professions Education empowers a new generation of transformative educators.

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Studying Health Professions Education at Simmons University

Simmons University has been a national leader in health professions education for over two decades. The mission of our Health Professions Education (HPED) programs is to empower a new generation of transformative educators, and to build the growing body of research informing best practices in education across the healthcare continuum.

Simmons’ HPED programs provide advanced, graduate-level training distinct from clinical programs, and focused on education. Our guiding values are creativity, curiosity, respect, perseverance, a commitment to social justice, and outstanding scholarship. The doctoral degree and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in HPED are designed for clinicians seeking to become skilled educators in their fields. HPED students come from many health care areas, bringing extensive clinical, management and teaching experience.

HPED is a department of the College of Natural, Behavioral and Health Sciences within Simmons University, known for its student-centered culture, and commitments to interdisciplinary learning and service.

Degrees and Certifications

*A three-course sequence available only for matriculated Simmons students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PhD programs in Social Work and Behavior Analysis.

Highlights of HPED Programs

  • The Simmons HPED PhD program is one of only a few programs of its kind in the country.
  • Beginning in Fall 2021, HPED programs will be fully online and synchronous.
  • Students work with Simmons faculty from many fields, including nursing, physical therapy, social work, nutrition, public health, and education.
  • HPED programs are small, and interactive, fostering strong peer and student-faculty relationships. 
  • Our curriculum prepares students to design, lead and evaluate curriculum and instruction in a variety of contexts, and to conduct cutting-edge research.

HPED students are forward-thinking, highly-motivated leaders with a passion for their work. Our programs give them the tools to become outstanding educators, advance their careers, and make a lasting difference in health care disciplines.

Dr. Dolores Wolongevicz, Director of the HPED Program and Associate Professor of Practice


Our graduates of our programs design and teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, present work at national and international meetings, and publish in peer-reviewed journals. 

  • Professional roles include
  • Advanced-level clinical educators
  • Clinical program managers
  • University faculty or administrators
  • Faculty-development specialists
  • Program and curriculum developers
  • Educational policy makers in the health professions
Dean Lepaine Sharp-McHenry

Meet Dean Sharp-McHenry

"My vision for CNBHS is to create a collaborative culture of inclusive excellence that fosters inquisitive inquiry among science and health professionals which ignites intellectual curiosity focused on solving problems through research, education, and innovation." Learn more about Dr. Lepaine Sharp-McHenry, Dean of the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences.

Meet the Dean

Dolores Wolongevicz

Director of the HPED Program and Associate Professor of Practice

Deborah Sommer

Administrative Assistant