Master of Education in the Health Professions

An internationally acclaimed collaboration of five Johns Hopkins schools, the Master of Education in the Health Professions (MEHP) prepares health professionals to be education researchers and leaders who teach future health professionals culturally sensitive, evidence-based practices that improve the quality of patient care.

Woman listening in a seminar

Contact Us

Toni Ungaretti professional headshot

Faculty Lead
Toni Ungaretti, PhD

Margaret Shamer

Academic Program Administrator
Margaret Shamer

Master of Education in the Health Professions

At A Glance*

Frequency Icon




Location Icon




Credits Icon




Start Term Icon


Start Term 


Completion Time Icon


Completion Time

2-5 Years

Application Deadline Icon


Application Deadline

Please see application requirements and deadlines

*The School of Education plans to continue its academic offerings in a remote, online format through spring 2021.

Application requirements and deadlines
Master of Education in the Health Professions
Start Terms:Fall
Application Deadline: June 1, 2021
Application Requirements:
Online application form
$80.00 application fee
A 500-word essay discussing the reasons you wish to pursue a degree at Johns Hopkins University, focusing on your long-term goals and how your academic program will complement those goals. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses in your academic background, as well as any additional comments that will assist in evaluating your application materials. Essays should be submitted in a typed format on a separate sheet of paper.
Two Letters of Recommendation:
Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
International Applicants: 
Academic transcripts for degrees conferred by non-U.S. institutions are required to be evaluated for their equivalence to similar degrees earned in the U.S. – see credential evaluations.  Physicians who have completed ECFMG certification may submit a copy of the ECFMG Certificate in lieu of the course-by-course evaluation to satisfy this requirement for their medical degree.
Interview is required. Applicants who meet admission requirements will participate in an interview (in person, Skype, or phone) to ensure that their goals align with the goals of the program prior to an offer of admission.
International Applicants:Please visit the International Student Admissions webpage for additional application requirements.
Note: This program is delivered in a fully online format and does not offer F-1 or J-1 visa sponsorship for international students.
Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change for ensuing academic years, and will be updated on the School of Education website accordingly.

Master's Degree and Certificate Programs
Part-Time & Full-Time Graduate (Face-to-face/Lecture courses)$833 per credit
Online Courses

*In addition, a $15 per credit technology fee will be assessed.
$882 per credit*
Full-Time Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in School Counseling (Fellows)$882 per credit
M.Ed. Education in the Health Professions & Post-Master's Certificate in Evidence-Based Teaching in the Health Professions programs

**Classes in the Master of Education in the Health Professions (MEHP) or Post-Master's Certificate in Evidence-Based Teaching in the Health Professions programs are $1,292 per credit, with the exception of Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System employees, who pay $850 per credit (effective Fall 2020). The current rate of $700 per credit will remain in effect for the Summer 2020 term.
$1,292 per credit**
MS in Education (International Teaching and Global Learning)$48,000 per academic year
MS in Education Policy

36 credits/includes Introduction to Statistics course $46,800
33 credits (w/o Introduction to Statistics course) $42,900
$1,300 per credit/$3,900 per 3 credit course
Ayelle Dayan Portrait

It was important for me to be part of a program where I would have connections to other like-minded academics. In the MEHP program, you’re engaged, every week, with your classmates.

Ayelle Dayan, MEHP Fellow  
Tel Aviv, Israel 

Master of Education in the Health Professions

Program Description

The Master of Education in the Health Professions (MEHP) is partnership of five Johns Hopkins schools, including the schools of Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, Business, and Education, that prepares a new generation of leaders in education related to medicine, public health, nursing, and other health professions. The program integrates interdisciplinary expertise to provide faculty the most current and effective theories, strategies, and measurements to ensure they have the skills to teach future health professionals best practices that improve the quality of patient care.

The MEHP program consists of an 18-credit foundation in evidence-based teaching (available as a stand-alone post-master’s certificate) and a 15-credit specialization in either of two tracks: research or leadership. The research track prepares candidates for the research process, from identifying relevant questions and sound methodologies, to results interpretation and publication. The leadership track prepares candidates who can lead curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation; program advocacy; funding identification and support; staff management; program management; and educational policy development and/or implementation.

Customization is achieved through electives, projects, and/or the practicum. In both options, participants develop an educational research or leadership project and the results are prepared for publication and presentation.

Master of Education in the Health Professions


Toni Ungaretti professional headshot

Toni Ungaretti

John Howard Shatzer, PhD

John Howard Shatzer

Emily Jones professional headshot

Emily Jones

Camille Bryant, PhD

Camille Bryant

Master of Education in the Health Professions

Additional Faculty

Anne Belcher, PhD, Associate Professor (retired), SON
Gundula Bosch, PhD, Program Director, R3 Center for Innovation in Science Education, BSPH
April Fitzgerald, MD, Assistant Professor, SOM
Richard Milter, PhD, Professor, CBS
Bonnie Robeson, PhD, Senior Lecturer, CBS
Stephen Sozio, MD, Associate Professor, SOM
Kathleen White, PhD, Professor, SON
Heather Tillberg-Webb, PhD, Associate Vice President for Academic Resources, Southern New Hampshire University
Jane McKenzie-White, PhD, Managing Director, JHU Center for Clinical Global Health Education
Ahmed Ibrahim, PhD, Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries
Jorie Colbert-Getz, PhD, University of Utah School of Medicine
Joan De Simone, PhD, Clinical Faculty, JHU SOE (retired)
Sally Mitchell, PhD, Assistant Professor, Indiana University School of Medicine
Sharon Park, PharmD, Professor, Notre Dame of Maryland University
Michael Ryan, MD, Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University

Master of Education in the Health Professions


The MEHP program consists of an 18-credit core in Evidence-Based Teaching—which can also be taken as a stand-alone post-master’s certificate—and a 15-credit option to focus on educational research or educational leadership. The program format is entirely online.

Program requirements

Applicants are required to hold an advanced degree (master’s or higher) in the health professions or a related field from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university. All degrees and coursework at both the undergraduate and graduate levels (including incomplete programs of study and/or programs still in progress) must reflect a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.


Core in Evidence-Based Teaching in the Health Professions (18 credits hours) This 18-credit foundation emphasizes preparing health professionals to teach effectively. The courses include:

  • 610.610 Foundation to Innovation: Adult Learning
  • 880.629 Evidence-Based Teaching
  • 880.631 Ensuring Learning through Assessment and Feedback
  • 880.633 Curriculum Development
  • 880.635 Instructional Strategies I (1.5 credits)
  • 880.637 Instructional Strategies II (1.5 credits)
  • 880.661 Educational Scholarship: Design (1.5 credits)
  • 880.662 Educational Scholarship: Implementation (1.5 credits)

Specialization option (15 credits hours)

Click here to download the 2020–2021 schedule map.

Specialization options

Educational Research in the Health Professions

This option prepares health professionals to effectively create and engage in the research process beginning with the identification of research questions, the selection of sound methodological approaches including sample selection and instrument selection, the accurate interpretation of results, and the preparation of findings for dissemination through highly regarded journals.

  • 880.639 Development, Management and Evaluation of Health Professions Education Programs
  • 883.510 Understanding Educational Research
  • 880.665 Mixed Methods Research
  • 880.649 Educational Research Projects in Health Professions Education (1.5 credits)
  • 880.650 Educational Research Projects in Health Professions Education (1.5 credits)


  • 880.610 Writing Grant and Contract Proposals for Health Professions Education or
  • 880.667 Applied Statistics

Educational Leadership in the Health Professions

This option prepares health professionals to effectively lead educational initiatives through curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation; program advocacy; funding identification and support; staff management; program management; and educational policy development and/or implementation.

Both tracks allow for some customization through electives, projects, and/or practicum. Under both options and in consultation with assigned instructor and mentor, participants will develop an educational research project or an educational leadership project with clear objectives and defined deliverables. The results of these projects will be prepared for publication and presentation. Participants are encouraged to use challenges and questions needing to be addressed in their work environments for these activities.

  • 880.639 Development, Management and Evaluation of Health Professions Education Programs
  • 880.641 Leadership Essentials for Health Professions Educators
  • 880.642 Leadership Theory in Action for Health Professions Educators
  • 880.643 Mentoring in Health Professions Education Programs
  • 880.647 Educational Leadership Capstonein Health Professions Education (1.5 credits)
  • 880.648 Educational Leadership Capstone in Health Professions Education (1.5 credits)

Course Information

Course descriptions, locations, and availability

Master of Education in the Health Professions


The MEHP program prepares leaders and change agents to transform health professions education across the globe. Participants join a community of support from medicine, nursing, public health, business, and education focused on their educational career success. Participants focus on scholarly teaching and educational scholarship. They specialize in educational leadership or educational research and complete a scholarly capstone project prepared for submission for publication.  Graduates of this 33-credit online program remain connected to this supportive educational research network and find themselves well-positioned for promotion and career advancement.


The Mission of the Master of Education in the Health Professions is to globally transform education in the health professions through the effective interprofessional preparation of its future leaders and change agents.


The goals for the MEHP program are to:

  • Develop exemplary interprofessional educators for the health professions who effectively integrate adult learning theory, evidence-based teaching and curriculum development, reflective practice, hypothesis-driven approach to instruction, appropriate technologies, and assessment into their practice, and who share their discoveries.
  • Prepare competent researchers of health professionals’ education who design studies based on sound educational research methodology, implement them appropriately, analyze results and apply findings, and prepare their work as publishable papers.
  • Prepare effective educational leaders for the health professions who demonstrate effective management and leadership of educational programming, create appropriate professional development opportunities, advocate for interprofessional collaboration, mentor and evaluate performance, secure support for education of health professionals, lead education-related change initiatives, and share their discoveries.
Student outcomes

Graduates of this program are exemplary teachers who:

  • Apply evidence-based strategies and methodologies to teach in a variety of settings.
  • Know how to use the assessment of learner needs in order to differentiate instruction.
  • Provide interdisciplinary learning experiences.
  • Incorporate their knowledge of standards and standards-based instructional approaches to teaching.
  • Know collaborative and clinical teaching models.
  • Demonstrate multiple approaches to assessing student learning achievement.
  • Effectively integrate technology into instruction.
  • Demonstrate understanding of adult learning principles, theory, and development.
  • Function as reflective practitioners.
  • Know how to design, implement, and evaluate curriculum.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity in teaching.
  • Advise students effectively.

Are effective researchers who:

  • Interpret educational research and use it to inform decisions regarding teaching and learning.
  • Design an educational research study and implement the components including seeking IRB approval.
  • Analyze data using appropriate educational statistics.
  • Design educational research studies to provide empirical evidence on the effectiveness of knowledge transfer.
  • Analyze empirical data to support the theories of effective teaching and adult learning theory.
  • Disseminate their findings and are sought as experts.

Are leaders in their respective disciplines who:

  • Mentor less experienced professionals in their institution.
  • Demonstrate the ability to build professional development opportunities/programs.
  • Evaluate professional development programs.
  • Are effective change agents in their organizations.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to interprofessional education.
  • Appreciate the contributions of various health professions.
  • Demonstrate negotiation skills.

Master of Education in the Health Professions


What is unique about the MEHP program as compared to other programs?

MEHP is an interprofessional collaboration of five Johns Hopkins schools – the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Education, Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Carey Business School. Courses in the program are specifically designed and taught by an interprofessional faculty team and include an interprofessional literature and assignments with a health systems sciences orientation.

More than a program, MEHP is a community of scholarly educators that supports each other beyond graduation to advance the impact and visibility of education in the health professions.

How does the Evidence-Based Certificate program differ from the full MEHP degree program?

All MEHP Fellows take the same 18-credits of foundation courses which provide a sound foundation in learning theory, adult and developmental theory, evidence-based teaching, assessment and feedback, instructional strategies, curriculum development, and educational scholarship as its core. Upon completion of the foundation courses, MEHP Fellows may opt to graduate with the Evidence-Based Certificate or continue their studies toward the full MEHP degree.

Am I a good candidate for the MEHP program?

In addition to the admission requirements detailed on the MEHP webpages, candidates should have a passion for education and a desire to become both a scholarly teacher and to engage in educational scholarship.

Candidates should also be committed to participating in the MEHP community both during and after their tenure in the program.

How much time does each course require per week?

MEHP Fellows should plan to shelter 10 hours a week for each course, which includes the need to enter the online course site two or three times to engage in online discussions, complete the readings, and submit weekly assignments, presentations, and projects.

Some synchronous sessions are held within courses that are recorded and available for those who cannot attend in person – the times for these sessions are varied to try to accommodate various time zones.

Do I have time to pursue the MEHP degree?

The MEHP is specifically designed to accommodate the competing time demands of health professionals. It is a part-time program with most MEHP Fellows taking one course per semester and those with protected time taking two courses per semester.

The program is entirely online and, for the most part, asynchronous to provide maximum flexibility to busy health professionals. The program does provide a highly interactive community with opportunities for fellows to connect and to work together. Many start collaborations that continue beyond graduation.

Courses are graded based on assignments, projects, presentations, and engagements. The intent is to demonstrate application of what is learned.

Is there a requirement to come to the JHU campus in Baltimore?

There is no part of the curriculum that requires traveling to the campus in Baltimore. There is, however, a biennial MEHP Conference during which MEHP Fellows, faculty, alumni, and friends gather in Baltimore to share research, engage in leadership development workshops, and network.

What guidance is available to participants in the program?

An online, asynchronous orientation (with some real-time synchronous sessions for answering questions) is held from mid-July through late August for new MEHP fellows.

The MEHP provides a general adviser at the beginning of the program to provide informal support and to answer typical questions.

Faculty members provide advising support throughout the program.

Three librarians from the Hopkins medical campus and the academic campus work as an interprofessional team to support research needs and provide training on library tools.

For Fellows completing the full MEHP degree, a Capstone instructor is assigned to each fellow to guide the development and execution of the Capstone project.

Technology support is available to resolve technology issues related to the course platform.

How do candidates use this degree once it is completed?

MEHP Fellows enter this program to gain a strong background in educational theory and practice. This program positions them to advance their educational scholarship, secure grant funding, build curriculum, prepare for promotion, publish, and/or advance educational programs. Many find that the MEHP catapults them into educational leadership positions within their institutions or makes them highly desirable candidates for new educational leadership positions.

Master of Education in the Health Professions


Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.