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New Master’s Program Preps Healthcare Professionals for Leadership and Teaching Roles

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Hofstra University’s School of Education will launch a new master’s degree program for health professionals for the spring 2016 semester. The MS in Health Professions Pedagogy and Leadership is designed to give practicing healthcare professionals the skills, knowledge and vision to become leaders and educators who will teach a new generation of healthcare workers. The school has offered an Advanced Certificate in Pedagogy for Health Professionals since fall 2014.

Alice Fornari Headshot Portrait 2-3 copy“We’re really trying to prepare people to be the best teachers possible, in a classroom but more in a clinical setting where care is provided by health professionals,” said Program Director Alice Fornari, EdD, RD. “The MS program gives them an important secondary credential that paves a smooth transition into leadership and academia.”

The program combines the expertise and resources of Hofstra University’s School of Education, the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Hofstra University and Northwell Health to give students a comprehensive learning experience.

“There is currently no program like this in the New York metropolitan area being offered,” but Hofstra’s program joins 100 similar programs at prestigious universities worldwide, Dr. Fornari said.

The program is open to all practicing health professionals who hold at least an undergraduate degree in their field. According to Dr. Fornari, participants can expect to learn how to:

  • Enhance leadership skills aligned with developing, implementing and assessing educational programs in healthcare institutions
  • Plan and implement innovative educational programs
  • Foster continuous quality improvement measures
  • Develop skills that support effective teaching in a multitude of settings where practice occurs and with a diverse array of adult learners
  • Disseminate scholarship related to educational research


The 30-credit program is a hybrid program: Half is offered online, and the other half is offered in a more traditional classroom setting. The face-to-face courses will be offered in an executive model designed for busy working professionals, meaning that class will meet every other week for four hours over a 15-week period. Students will take two courses per semester: one on campus and one online. This flexible academic schedule is structured to allow full-time professionals to complete the program within three years.

For more information about the program or how to apply, contact Dr. Fornari at or visit

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