Who Should Apply?

Candidates for admission to this health science education program will have an honours-equivalent, four-year bachelor’s degree or related health professional degree (e.g., Bachelor of Health Sciences from the Nursing, Physician Assistant or Midwifery Programs, or Bachelor of Social Work), an MD, or a Master of Science in Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy, etc. or others with special permission and health care qualifications. Preference will be given to those with teaching experience in a health-related discipline. However, applicants without teaching experience will be considered. Deadline for applications is January 17, 2020.

Indigenous Students

Indigenous participation in the Health Sciences Education Graduate Program is important. To ensure equitable admissions we have a facilitated admissions process for First Nations, Inuit and Métis applicants. In accordance with the Self-Identification policy of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) applicants who wish to apply through this stream must complete the supplementary Self-identification Application. Information on the policy, application requirements and the online application can be found here.

Indigenous Applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements and receive recommendation through the FIAP application will be eligible for this stream. The academic criteria for Graduate Students at McMaster University stipulate that applicants must demonstrate a minimum undergraduate GPA of B-minus to be considered. However, the Health Sciences Education Graduate Program will give full consideration to applicants with Grade Point Averages below this threshold provided that they demonstrate relevant clinical experiences as health professional educators

Program Overview

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 Students 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