Doctor of Education in Health Professions Education Program

Beginning fall 2018, students enrolling in the EdD program are eligible for a 25% tuition scholarship.

Program Mission

The College provides a quality doctoral program that prepares women and men from culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse communities for teaching and leadership roles in the health sciences. The Doctor of Education in Health Professions Education (EdD-HPE) program focuses on teaching that reflects societal needs for education in a variety of post-secondary educational settings and is dedicated to preparing individuals for the highest level of educational teaching and leadership.

Ed.D. Program Goals

  • Prepare educators and leaders for roles in a variety of educational settings.
  • Provide graduate education programs of excellence through the use of information, communication, and practice.
  • Provide leaders in policy formation, problem solving, service, and teaching.
  • Improve quality delivery and outcomes in the practice arenas of health care, administration, and education.
  • Develop health care educators to function as facilitators, innovators, leaders, and consultants

Program Philosophy

The philosophy and purpose of the Ed.D.-HPE program arise from the mission, philosophy, and goals of Allen College. The faculty believes that doctoral education in health sciences education provides the student with learning that emphasizes critical evaluation of the concepts and theories that underlie the nature and practice of teaching and the extension of the processes of inquiry developed at the master's and baccalaureate levels (problem solving, critical thinking and research). The purpose of this learning is to develop and test knowledge and to translate the evidence into teaching practice. The faculty recognizes that diverse areas of specialization are guided by an ever changing state of knowledge and emerging societal needs. These provide the groundwork promoting leadership and the ongoing advancement of new knowledge in a variety of health education disciplines.

The faculty also believes that students bring diverse and varying educational, personal, and cultural experiences to their graduate studies. These are valuable to the program and student learning and provide strengths that must be fostered within the educational environment. Students are recognized as self-directed scholars with specific learning needs to support both independent and collaborative practice. The learning environment for doctoral study emphasizes collegial relationships with students, faculty, and professionals from other disciplines.

The faculty believes in the values and goals of higher learning and supports the mission of education, scholarship, practice, and service. Doctorally prepared educators function in the roles of experts and leaders in various health science disciplines and contribute to the body of knowledge that provides a base for practice and the development of those disciplines. Further, doctoral education requires learning experiences and environments that reflect the multicultural composition of the world and the skill of influencing the sociopolitical process as a means of affecting the health care of individual, families and populations.

Graduate Outcomes

In concert with the Philosophy of Allen College, the graduate will:

  1. Demonstrate advanced educator competencies to enact increasingly complex faculty and leadership roles.
  2. Facilitate curriculum design, development, and evaluation of program and learner outcomes using evidence-based strategies.
  3. Advance the scholarship of education in a variety of health science and nursing professions.
  4. Evaluate, synthesize, utilize and disseminate the scholarship related to discovery, integration, application, and teaching to further knowledge and competencies of the health science and nursing education professions.
  5. Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership to advance quality improvement and systems change.
  6. Apply analytical methods and research to develop best practices and practice guidelines.
  7. Assume leadership roles in interprofessional collaboration to improve the health outcomes of individuals, families, and populations through the educational preparation and graduation of health science and nursing professionals.

Ed.D. Program Purpose

The purpose of the Doctor of Education in Health Professions Education program is to educate those who teach and provide leadership in health science and nursing education and who desire to become experts in those roles.

Students who wish to take individual courses but not pursue a degree may contact the Admissions Office.

Allen College considers admitting applicants living out of state or country.

Applicants and current students must be aware select states require approval prior to Allen College offering online courses and clinical study in those states. Additionally, a state certification or governing licensing board may also require prior approval for an Allen College student to engage in clinical study within the state. Therefore, Allen College cannot guarantee out-of- state clinical or practicum placement. Allen College also cannot guarantee students maintaining residency in a state other than Iowa will be allowed to enroll in online courses.

Applicants planning to maintain residency in any state other than Iowa, and planning to enroll in an online course or engage in clinical study in any state other than Iowa, should consult an admission counselor prior to applying to Allen College.