ARC Issues in HPE (ARC - I)

 Additional Required Course on Issues in Health Professions Education (ARC-1)

The course focuses on issues in health professions education, globally and in the region, focusing on what steps need to be taken to address the issues.


While ARC-I is a core course for those admitted into the MHPE programme it is also open to all health care professionals in Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry and Allied Health with a proven interest/responsibilty in Health Professions Education (HPE) and atleast two-years teaching experience in HPE and/or other candidates with the eligibilty critera.
See the selection criteria here

 Pre requisite

Introductory Short Course in Health Professions Education (ISC-HPE)

Course Credits:



The course is spread over ten weeks of study, beginning January XX, 2014 and concluding on March XX, 2014

  • Three-week part-time pre-reading
  • One week full-time intensive face-to-face component at AKU: February - to - 2014
  • Six weeks of part-time independent study and written assignment completion (Date......)

 Learning Objectives:

By the end of the course the students will be able to:

  • differentiate between the responsibilities of accreditation bodies, medical colleges and universities

  • relate the causes of the major issues in HPE around the world with the respective geopolitical, socioeconomic and other reasons; especially problems in governance

  •  identify the specific issues in undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical and nursing education around the world, in the region and in Pakistan;

  • relate the balance of  service, education and research to work ethics of faculty members;

  • develop a personal vision, mission and methodology for one of the issues identified

  • plan for Inter-professional Education


In the face-to-face component, assessment is through

  • continuous observation of participation and contributions,

  • individual and group assignments and presentations, and

  • end of course assessment.

In the distance learning component, assessment would be based on completion and grading of an independent study and 2000-3000 words individual written assignment. The assignment will be graded on the basis of application of knowlwdge and evidence base to problem with best solution in their own settings.

Educational Strategies

The course is highly participatory, offered through interactive plenaries, individual and group presentations and assignments, workshop formats, exercises, on-line and small group activities.

Mid-course feedback is provided


Programme Director

Dr Rukhsana W. Zuberi

Course Director

Dr Sheilla Pinjani

Course Coordinator/s

  •  Dr Iram Khursheed
  •  Dr Nazish Fatima


Mr. Rashid Raza

Associate, DED

Aga Khan University


Tel: 92 21 3486 2419