Degree Programs

Learning for Improvement

As an emerging academic discipline, the learning health sciences needs specially trained scientists and educators to study, teach and help evolve sociotechnical systems for discovering and disseminating biomedical knowledge for the benefit of everyone.

The University of Michigan Department of Learning Health Sciences offers two graduate programs, depending on your interests and career goals, to fill these roles:

Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE)

Are you:
Then our Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE) program may be a good fit for you.

Health Infrastructures and Learning Systems (HILS)

Are you:
Then one of our Health Infrastructures and Learning Systems (HILS) graduate programs may be a good fit for you.

 

Health Infrastructures and Learning Systems (HILS)

The Health Infrastructures and Learning Systems (HILS) program emphasizes the role of learning and the tools needed to facilitate distinct models of adaptive change at the system level. HILS is a unique program in which students will learn to apply their skills immediately to existing problems with current infrastructures for health.

HILS attracts students and scholars with backgrounds from a variety of disciplines. Prospective students should be passionate about collaboratively addressing the grand challenges of transforming health systems locally, regionally, nationally, and globally into entities that learn and improve through self-study and adaptation to benefit the health of individuals and populations.

Masters: The HILS MS program will prepare practitioners for careers emphasizing the implementation of learning systems. Program length: 18 months.

PhD: The HILS PhD program will prepare graduates to perform research fundamental to the creation of learning health systems. Anticipated program length: 4-5 years.

“We’re part of an international movement to promote learning health systems, which are organizations or networks which continuously self-study and adapt using data and analytics to generate knowledge, engage stakeholders, and implement behavior change to transform practice. The Health Infrastructures and Learning Systems (HILS) graduate programs will place you at the forefront of this emerging science.” - Anne Sales, PhD, RN HILS Program Director

 
 

Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE)

The Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE) program will prepare you to carry out the full range of responsibilities of a scholarly educator-leader. Our faculty at the University of Michigan have designed the MHPE program specifically to provide the practicing educator with practical skills grounded in solid scholarship, including educational leadership, teaching and research.

“Our innovative, competency-based curriculum provides a rich, individualized, and meaningful learning experience that results in a formal foundation in the learning sciences. Learners engage with a community that includes mentors, subject matter experts, and peers. This community encompasses nurses, dentists, physicians, pharmacists, social workers, therapists, and other health professionals.”
-Larry D. Gruppen, PhD, Faculty Director of the MHPE Program Professor of Learning Health Sciences University of Michigan Medical School

Learn more about MHPE, including how to apply.