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 Deadline

  • Priority Application Deadline Extended: June 15, 2024
  • Final Deadline: August 1, 2024

Program startSeptember 14, 2024

Length & Time Commitment9 months; Saturdays 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (ET)

Certificate OfferedPenn GSE Health Professions Education Certificate

Professional DevelopmentSee Accreditation and Designation of Credit


  • Standard rate: $9,500
  • 20% discount for Penn or CHOP employees
  • 15% discount available for:
    • Applications received by June 15
    • Penn alumni
    • Groups of 5+ from the same organization, contact us prior to applying. 

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

  • Online
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


Upcoming Information Sessions

The Health Professions Certificate Program invites you to learn more about the program at a virtual information session. Join us for a 30-minute presentation and discussion that will include a program overview and time to get your questions answered by the instructors leading the program.

Dates & Times:

  • June 13 at 12:30 p.m. ET
  • June 27 at 12:30 p.m. ET
  • July 11 at 12:30 p.m. ET
  • July 25 at 12:30 p.m. ET

 Register for an Information Session


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

Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (ET)
Sep. 14, 2024Session 1Welcome Event / Approaches to Learning & Teaching
Sep. 28, 2024Session 2Curriculum Design and Implementation
Oct. 19, 2024Session 3Creating & Enhancing Learning Environments
Nov. 2, 2024Session 4Diversity and Learning
Nov. 23, 2024Session 5Individual Learner Assessment and Competency-Based Education
Dec. 14, 2024Session 6Feedback
Jan. 4, 2025Session 7Program Evaluation
Jan. 25, 2025Session 8Interprofessional Education (IPE)
Feb. 8, 2025Session 9Group Dynamics and Interprofessional Team-Based Care
Mar. 8, 2025Session 10Teaching in the Clinical Setting
Mar. 29, 2025Session 11Coaching, Mentoring, and Sponsoring
Apr. 26, 2025Session 12Adult Development and Individual Change
May 10, 2025*Session 13Learning Portfolios and Celebration Event (in-person option)

Accepted program participants will receive a finalized schedule in August 2024.

*Optional in-person session.

Our Faculty

The faculty in this program include Penn GSE faculty, leading researchers, 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
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
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine
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 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