Admissions and Programs

Masters Degree in Health Professions Education

University of the Pacific has partnered with the Academy for Academic Leadership (AAL) to present the Master's degree program created specifically for health professions educators. This non-thesis Master's program is designed to be completed in one year and is applicable to academic professionals in dentistry, dental hygiene, and other health professions, as well as private-practice professionals transitioning to academia. 

You Will

  • Develop your expertise in dental education
  • Earn your Master’s degree in one year
  • Build a foundation in educational research
  • Improve your grant writing and scholarship skills
  • Enhance your academic portfolio
  • Work with expert faculty and colleagues from the U.S. and beyond

Program Highlights

  • Start in January and complete all coursework by December
  • 32 academic credits from the University of the Pacific
  • A Certificate in Health Professions Education is awarded after completion of the first 6 academic credits
  • Three onsite sessions totaling 11 days in San Francisco and Atlanta
  • Convenient online learning supplements onsite curriculum
  • Non-thesis Master's program
  • Research projects and all assignments are focused on health professions education
  • Master's degree is both regionally and nationally accredited

The program faculty includes leaders from University of the Pacific's Gladys L. Benerd School of Education and Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, as well as experts from AAL with experience in dental education and other health sciences. AAL is a collaborative of scholars, educational specialists, and academic leaders providing professional development and consulting services to the academic health professions in universities worldwide. 

More details about the program are available on the AAL web site >>

Certificate in Dental Education Option

Choosing to complete only the initial 6 academic credits earns you the Certificate in Dental Education. The curriculum is taught entirely online in January–March of each year and includes the following topics:

• Creating a philosophy of teaching
• Instructional design and development
• Accountability in predoctoral and postdoctoral dental education
• Academic portfolio design and creation

Those who select this option can register for the Master’s Degree in Dental
Education program within seven years in order to complete the Master’s