The Division of Professional Education incorporates a team of nationally recognized scholars in educational program design, learner assessment, curriculum development, and program evaluation. The division’s faculty focus on developing innovative approaches to teaching and learning within the rapidly changing health care landscape. Our department has a long history of inter-professional education, and our faculty collaborate closely with other health sciences schools and colleges across the university to facilitate sharing of pedagogical knowledge, best practices, and innovation experiments.


Our faculty offer a variety of rich educational programs for learners of all levels. The scope of our educational activities extends from the first day of medical school through continuing education for experienced health sciences professionals. Our faculty work closely with the Office of Medical Student Education, including the Curriculum Strategic Planning groups, the Office of Graduate Medical Education, and the Office of Continuous Professional Development. We offer several electives for fourth-year medical students and a foundation course for PhD students in the Program for Biomedical Sciences. Our faculty serve as mentors for the Master of Health of Professions program, a one of a kind mentored, practical, competency-based program for practicing health professionals. One of the department’s longest-standing programs is the Medical Education Scholars Program, a ten-month annual program established in 1998 where competitively selected health sciences faculty across the university to study principles of medical education in depth. Our faculty, in partnership with the Office of Faculty Affairs in the medical school, provide a diverse portfolio of faculty development workshops, including topics such as active learning techniques, instructional design, assessment and evaluation methods, mentorship, leadership, research study design, institutional review board processes, and academic writing.  


The faculty within the Division of Professional Education are behavioral scientists representing backgrounds in psychology, education, sociology, and anthropology. Our research draws on these approaches and tools for the study of medical education and practice, institutional change, and empowerment-based approaches to behavior change. Our faculty study the impact of faculty and leadership development programs on career development, teaching skills, and leadership performance. This research focuses on identifying effective educational methods as well as clarifying the nature of leadership in education and educational scholarship. One of our goals is to increase the number of clinical researchers with the necessary skills for generating studies that bring the benefits of basic science research to patient care. Our translational research training programs emphasize developing the skills and scholarly success of researchers from medicine, basic science, and other health care fields. We facilitate a number of events and discussions around scholarship and best practices for health professions education, including co-sponsoring Health Professions Education Day.


We offer a range of evaluation and assessment services, ranging from large-scale program evaluation to the assessment of specific performance outcomes in individual students. This includes fee-based assistance and consultation for research design and statistical needs within the field of health professions education for U-M faculty and external clients. Our faculty work with Global REACH to facilitate international health research and collaborations with global partners for the benefit of communities worldwide. Our faculty serve as mentors in a number of programs to build research capacity for global health, including the Student Biomedical Research Program and the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program. Our faculty participate in lifelong learning initiatives, including teaching massive open online courses through the medical school's partnership with Coursera


March 1, 2017

Michael Hortsch Contributes to New Report on Bloom's Taxonomy

"Climbing Bloom’s Taxonomy Pyramid: Lessons From a Graduate Histology Course" from Anatomical Sciences Education available now in Wiley Online Library

February 20, 2017

Dr. John Burkhardt Talks Travel Ban & Doctor Shortages on Michigan Radio

Take a listen to the NPR's Stateside to learn more about the Burkhardt co-authored with Dr. Mahshid Abir for The Conversation on the travel ban and how immigrant physicians are more likely to provide primary care in underserved communities throughout the United States.

February 2, 2017

Raymond De Vries, PhD Authors Article on the Ethics and Obstacles in Medical Tissue Banking

The Winter 2017 issue of Medicine at Michigan contains Giving (Bits of) Your Self to Medicine an article by Raymond De Vries, PhD co-director of U-M’s Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, and a professor in the Department of Learning Health Sciences.

October 24, 2016

Martha Funnell honored as an inductee at American Academy of Nursing annual conference


Martha Funnell Accepts Award

Faculty member Martha Funnell, MS, RN, CDE, FAADE was among 164 nurses inducted into the American Academy of Nursing and honored at a ceremony held during the Academy's annual policy conference, Transforming Health, Driving Policy, October 20-22, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

September 21, 2016

DLHS faculty Dr. Cheryl Moyer featured in the Lancet

Cheryl A. Moyer, MPH, PhD co-authored a Lancet article: a call to action to improve maternal health on a global scale. This piece summarizes six articles in a series.