Adult Education in the Health and Medical Professions Graduate Credit Certificate Program


Elizabeth Tisdell

Program CodeMEDADT

The primary goal of the Graduate Certificate in Adult Education in the Health and Medical Professions is to assist medical/health professionals in increasing their knowledge and competence in educating adult learners in medical education/health science settings.                  

The objectives are to promote: awareness of how learning theory informs practice; effective methods for teaching adults; development of a reflective practice; understanding of program/instructional design.

Effective Semester: Summer 2020
Expiration Semester: Summer 2025

Admission Requirements

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement; see GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  • A one-page resume
  • A statement describing professional goals, experience, and responsibilities (2 pages maximum)

Certificate Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in Graduate Council policy GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.

Required Courses
ADTED 460Introduction to Lifelong Learning and Adult Education3
ADTED 501Foundations of Medical Education3
ADTED 505The Teaching of Adults3
One 3-credit graduate elective related to the candidate’s particular interest related to health or medical education, and could include other graduate courses in the Adult Education Program or another related area3
Total Credits12


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Know: Graduates will demonstrate in-depth understanding of foundational knowledge of medical education and adult education. A demonstration will include the analysis and application of key educational constructs across a variety of formal, nonformal and informal health and medical settings.
  2. Apply: Graduates will be able to design creative curriculum, courses, and workshops and teach innovative ways for engaging adult learners in health and medical settings.
  3. Critical Thinking: Graduates will develop a critically reflective practice, whereby they regularly engage in reflection about their underlying assumptions and beliefs concerning the purpose of education, the role of educator, the role of the learner, context, and diversity and equity in the education of adults
  4. Communicate: Graduates will be able to convey ideas or arguments in clear, concise, well-organized written papers and oral presentations.


Campus Harrisburg
Graduate Program Head Elizabeth Jean Tisdell
Program Contact

Elizabeth Jean Tisdell
777 W. Harrisburg Pike
Middletown PA 17057
(717) 948-6640

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