Instructional Methods in Health Professions Education

This course provides those involved in educating members of the health professions an asynchronous, interdisciplinary, and interactive way to obtain, expand, and improve their teaching skills. These skills can then be applied within their own professional context, with a variety of learners, extending across many stages.

About The Course

After completing this course, learners will:

1. Understand educational theory as it relates to health professions education

2. Match instructional methods with desired educational outcomes

3. Learn a variety of applied teaching techniques

4. Share successful teaching strategies

Frequently Asked Questions

What resources will I need for this class?
  • For this course, all you need is an Internet connection, a teaching and learning context in which you can apply the principles we discuss and review, and the time to read and participate.
What is the coolest thing I’ll learn if I take this class?
  • You will learn techniques that improve your teaching of individuals who care for other humans’ health and well-being, and perhaps make a substantive difference in someone’s life.
Can I use materials from this course for my own instructional purposes?
  • Yes! Unless otherwise noted, material from this course is made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution–Share Alike 3.0 License  

Recommended Background

While no specific prerequisite knowledge is required, this course will be most beneficial to individuals who are actively engaged in a health professions setting such as medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, social work, and public health.

Examples include:
  • Resident physicians who teach medical students and junior residents 
  • Nurse educators who teach nursing students and advanced nursing practitioners
  • Health professions faculty members in academic centers or newly developing educational centers
  • Health professions students engaged in peer-to-peer teaching and learning
  • Health professionals interested in developing educational materials for their clients.