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Ph.D. in Health Professions Education

Teach at the college level with our 48-hour (10 semesters) Ph.D. program – blended online and in-class delivery – designed for working professionals.

A new cohort starts in January 2019. Students may start in August 2018 and join the cohort in January. 



The Ph.D. in Health Professions Education is a 48-hour (post master’s degree) cohort-based program with a blended delivery format. The degree prepares students from diverse healthcare backgrounds for college and university teaching, leadership, and research careers. Graduates of the program will fill the significant shortages of academically qualified faculty to meet regional and professional accrediting body requirements in healthcare related fields including, but not limited to, nursing, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, speech-language pathology, medical laboratory sciences, imaging sciences, radiation therapy, dental hygiene, and health care administration. This program is intended for working professionals with classes held on Friday evenings and Saturdays. Students meet three to six weekends each semester, with online work done between course meetings. Coursework can be completed in eight semesters (no more than two courses per semester) with the dissertation completed in semesters nine and ten.

Bellarmine’s Ph.D. in Health Professions Education curriculum prepares students to teach in both the college/university and clinical settings. The program includes student development theories, as well as pedagogical strategies for teaching in the classroom, online, clinical, and laboratory settings. In addition, the program prepares graduates to understand and employ multiple teaching-learning theories as well as evaluate program and curricular effectiveness. Coursework in both qualitative and quantitative statistics and research methods will ultimately prepare students to engage in scholarly activities.

Program Goals

At the completion of the program, graduates will:

  1. Gain a broad and rigorous foundation in the theory and practice of education.
  2. Develop intellectual curiosity and dedication to life‐long learning.
  3. Advance the understanding and practice of education in the health professions through original research.
  4. Develop the intellectual, moral, and ethical competencies to improve educational outcomes and address their students' needs and disparities.

Student Learning Outcomes

Across broadly defined and culturally contemporary concepts related to issues of inclusion, diversity, abilities and identity, students will be able to:

  1. Synthesize concepts, models, and theories through the appropriate application of theoretical and empirical knowledge.
  2. Design evidence-based pedagogical strategies and methodologies with appropriate scope, sequence, and focus for learners.
  3. Demonstrate multiple approaches to assessing student learning.
  4. Evaluate the effectiveness of programs, curricula and instructional events.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
  6. Demonstrate competence in oral and written professional communications sufficient to disseminate scholarly products.

Tuition and Fees

The 2018-2019 academic year tuition cost is $840 per credit hour. View all graduate program tuition rates and additional fees on our Graduate Tuition and Fees page.

Financial Assistance

Degree seeking students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by visiting The Bellarmine School code is 001954. By completing the FAFSA, you may be eligible for student loans. Individuals working for the Archdiocese of Louisville are encouraged to contact the central office for information on the Professional Educators Incentive Program (PEIP) to see if funding is available.

Contact Information

Jordan Wiehebrink
Graduate Admission Officer
502.272.8245 or

Dr. Christy Kane
Associate Professor and Program Chair
502.272.8424 or

Office of Graduate Admission
502.272.7200 or 1.800.274.4723 x7200 or