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 involved in a health profession education field such as nursing, medical education, pharmacy, allied health, veterinarian, etc.

Discounts available for CHOP/Penn employees and external groups of 3+. Please contact ProfessionalLearning@gse.upenn.edu for further information. 

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.

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.

Thank you for your interest in this program! The application for our 2022 – 2023 cohort has now closed. Please check back later this fall for further information about next year’s program.  



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.

Our Faculty

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

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

Program Leadership

Kandi Wiens

Donald Boyer

Paul Lu
Academic Director

JP Orlando
Academic Director

Rebecca Tenney-Soeiro
Academic Director