A certificate program for those in the health field looking to expand their teaching and leadership skills.

The Penn GSE Health Professions Education certificate is an accelerated, interprofessional program designed for clinical faculty, trainees, and students involved in a health professions field, such as dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and other allied health fields.

What Sets Us Apart

  Learn from thought leaders and experts in the health-professions industry
  Expand your professional network to include a variety of healthcare leaders
 Designed for healthcare professionals by healthcare professionals

About the Program

The Penn GSE Health Professions Education certificate program prepares individuals to successfully design, deliver, and evaluate sophisticated education programs throughout various healthcare disciplines and diverse learning environments.

Application for Fall 2024Opens April 1, 2024

Program startSeptember 10, 2024


  • Virtual 

Professional developmentSee Accreditation and Designation of Credit

For information about group payment options, payment plans, and discounts for health professionals, please contact ProfessionalLearning@gse.upenn.edu

Ideal candidatesHealthcare professionals and health professions trainees who lead or are involved with the development of healthcare education programs

Programs for Working Professionals

The certificate program convenes clinical educators from across the globe for an accelerated, interprofessional 9-month certificate program. This program explores contemporary health professions education topics such as:

  • Learning and teaching theories
  • Instruction and facilitation
  • Curriculum design and implementation
  • Interprofessional education
  • Diversity and learning
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Learning environments
  • Practical considerations related to understanding learner needs
  • Technology-enabled education

To learn more details about this program, including information about the curriculum and the dates and times of sessions, please contact us at ProfessionalLearning@gse.upenn.edu.


In support of improving patient care, Penn Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Designation of Credit

Physicians: Penn Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 45 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.™ Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses: The program will award 45 contact hours.

Physician Assistants: Penn Medicine has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with the AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 45 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Pharmacists: This knowledge-based activity is approved for 45 ACPE contact hours of continuing pharmacy education credit. JA0000324-0000-21-036-L04-P.

Program Schedule - 2023 Cohort

Sep. 9, 2023Session 1Welcome Event / Approaches to Learning & Teaching (in-person option)
Sep. 23, 2023Session 2Diversity and Learning
Oct. 14, 2023Session 3Curriculum Design and Implementation
Nov. 4, 2023Session 4Creating & Enhancing Learning Environments
Nov. 18, 2023Session 5Interprofessional Education (IPE)
Dec. 9, 2023Session 6Group Dynamics and Interprofessional Team-Based Care
Jan. 6, 2024Session 7Teaching in the Clinical Setting
Feb. 3, 2024Session 8Adult Development and Individual Change
Feb. 24,2023Session 9Feedback
Mar. 16, 2024Session 10Coaching, Mentoring, and Sponsoring
Apr. 6, 2024Session 11Program Evaluation
Apr. 27, 2024Session 12Individual Learner Assessment and Competency-Based Education
May 18, 2024Session 13Learning Portfolios and Celebration Event (in-person option)

Accepted program participants will receive a finalized schedule in August 2023.

Our Faculty

The faculty in this program include Penn GSE faculty, leading researches, and partners of practice.

Penn GSE Faculty Cary Aarons
Vice Chair of Education, Department of Surgery, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Penn GSE Faculty Nadia Bennett
Associate Dean of Curriculum and Academic Hospitalist, Perelman School of Medicine
Penn GSE Faculty Amber Bird
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Penn GSE Faculty Donald Boyer
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology & Critical Care, Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine
M.D., University of Pennsylvania
Penn GSE Faculty Robbin Chapman
Adjunct Associate Professor
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Penn GSE Faculty Yasmin B. Kafai
Lori and Michael Milken President’s Distinguished Professor
Ed.D., Harvard University
Penn GSE Faculty Paul Lu
Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency, College of Health Sciences, VinUniversity, Vietnam
Penn GSE Faculty James P. Orlando
Chief Graduate Medical Education Officer, St. Luke’s University Health Network
Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania
Penn GSE Faculty Jill Posner
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Penn GSE Faculty Gretchen Schmelzer
Senior Associate, Teleos Leadership Institute
Ph.D., Northeastern University
Penn GSE Faculty Judy A. Shea
Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
Penn GSE Faculty Rebecca Tenney-Soeiro
Program Director, Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Penn GSE Faculty Felice Tilin
President and CEO at GroupWorksConsulting LLC; Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. Temple University
Penn GSE Faculty Kandi J. Wiens
Senior Fellow
Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania

Program Leadership

Kandi Wiens

Donald Boyer

Paul Lu
Academic Director

JP Orlando
Academic Director

Rebecca Tenney-Soeiro
Academic Director