Mission Statement


We will foster the development of health professions educators who have the capacity to not only face challenges but to be the leaders of change in the years ahead.

Master of Health Science Education

Within Ontario, and across Canada, there are no master level programs that focus specifically on graduate level education to improve knowledge and skills for health practitioners who teach in clinical health science fields. This master’s program leads to the degree Master of Science in Health Sciences Education for health science clinical educators (physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, midwives, physician assistants, etc.), and others who teach in health sciences education, research, and academic clinical care, and who lead in health care settings. The program builds on the internationally renowned signature pedagogies in health science education developed and pioneered at McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, (Problem-Based Learning, Self-Directed Learning).

The program offers two completion pathways: a course-based option or a thesis-based option. The program will be highly accessible through a blended delivery format of online and classroom formats. The program will act as a strategy to enhance collaborative, patient-centred care by engaging learners in inter- and intra-professional practice; to shape the future of education in health science professional programs; and to foster health professions leadership and succession planning.

Goals of the Program

  • Training in theory-based principles of pedagogy, assessment and evaluation, interprofessionalism, leadership, and McMaster’s Faculty of Health Science signature curriculum (e.g. concept based learning) in course content, learning strategies and activities

  • Enables knowledge, academic scholarship and research pertaining to health science education

  • Preparedness for advanced professional and inter-professional academic roles including educational leadership roles across the health sciences

  • Application of evidence-based education in the fields and communities of our students

  • Accessible format for practicing health professionals working in diverse settings, locally and internationally, by offering both full and part time options

  • Interactive learning strategies in classroom (residency) and online course-based learning

  • Prepares students for further education, e.g. PhD, by providing a thesis-based option

Skills Student Will Gain

  • Knowledge of pedagogy, curriculum designs and teaching strategy fundamentals in health science education

  • Educational leadership skills in health science education including decision-making in complex situations, intellectual independence required for continuing professional development

  • Conceptual understanding and application of methodologies demonstrating competence

  • Practical application of theoretical frameworks to area of practice

  • Application of an existing body of knowledge in the critical analysis of a new question or a specific problem or issue in a new setting through the presentation of scholarly work or thesis

  • Written and oral communication skills related to health science education

  • Understanding and awareness of the complexity of the knowledge and potential contributions of other interpretations, methods and disciplines in health science education