The MHPE program allows practicing health professions educators to leverage their current professional experience to demonstrate competence in health professions education. The program defines 12 competencies across 5 domains in order to become proficient scholars and future educator-leaders. Each learner is assigned a mentor to assist them in developing an individualized learning plan and to advise them throughout the duration of the program. Program faculty assist the learner in completing Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) that provide evidence of competence assessed through rigorous standards. Evidence of competence from prior experience has the potential to be applied towards credit in the program.  For competency areas in which learners need development, a faculty member will assign key resources to guide the learner in completing EPAs. Learners complete projects from where they currently work with guidance from program faculty via interactive online group discussions, face to face meetings, and/or phone calls.


Each learner is required to demonstrate evidence of 12 key competencies across five domains.

Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs)

An Entrustable Professional Activity (EPA) is a self-contained activity that the typical health professions educator may be expected to perform in the context of his/her professional role. Learners have the flexibility to choose from a set of 21 possible EPAs and sequence them in a way that is suitable to their professional and learning context. Learners submit completed EPAs to an assessment committee for review to receive credit towards program completion.

Individual Learning Plan 

Learners will work directly with their mentor to develop and execute an individual learning plan that includes multiple EPAs that are relevant to their current professional context.  


Members of the MHPE learning community include a peer group of learners, program leadership, mentors, subject matter experts, and assessors. This community encompasses nurses, dentists, physicians, pharmacists, social workers, therapists, and others in the health professions. Learners will also be expected to develop and contribute to a learning community, or communities, relevant to their health profession. Learners will have the opportunity to interact with their peer group of learners via engagement with these learning communities and periodic in-person retreats.