Advanced Level Course on Teaching and Learning in Health Professions Education (ALC-TL)

The course aims to enable students to build a conducive learning environment and design, conduct and evaluate effective teaching and learning based on insights into learning theories, emerging teaching-learning needs, learning resources and support systems.

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Course Description

It focuses on what is a learning environment, how learning theories drive the purpose, design, implementation and evaluation of various teaching and learning programmes relevant to health professions education (HPE), with an emphasis on the development of teaching excellence.


While ALC-TL is a core course for the Advanced Diploma in HPE and Master of HPE programmes, it is also open to all health care professionals in Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry and Allied Health with a proven interest/responsibility and at least two years teaching experience in HPE. Other candidates with the following eligibility may also apply as per the selection criteria

(Selection will be based on availability of seats)

Pre requisite

Introductory Short Course in Health Professions Education

Course Credits



This is a ten-week course from September 1 to November 7, 2014.

  • Two-week part-time pre-reading: September 1 to14, 2014

  • Two-week full-time intensive face-to-face onsite component: September 15 to 26, 2014

  • Six-week part-time independent study and written assignment completion: September 27 to November 7, 2014

Learning Objectives

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

  • Contribute to building a conducive learning environment at their own institution(s).

  • Design teaching and learning programmes and sessions in HPE by

  • applying current theories of learning

  • developing and using appropriate instructional material and resources.

  • Conduct teaching activities based on principles of learning and learning theories.

  • Develop personal/professional development plans.

  • Effectively use and provide input for available student support systems at their own institutions.

  • Use information and communication technology (ICT) in the teaching programmes to enhance learning.

  • Evaluate effectiveness of the teaching and the course.


  • The assessment in ALC-Teaching and Learning in HPE, is divided into the following two components which have to be passed separately.

  • In the face-to-face component, assessment will be through:

  • continuous observation of participation and contributions, individual and group assignments/presentations, and reflections

  • end-of-the-course assessment including Objective Structured Teaching Examination (OSTE).

  • In the distance learning component assessment will be based on completion and grading of an application based independent study and written assignment using best evidence medical education (BEME).

Educational Strategies

The educational strategies are multi-modal with focus on active learning, critical thinking and reflective practice. It is offered through interactive plenaries, student presentations, experiential individual and small group  learning sessions, and technology based asynchronous learning.

Mid-course feedback is provided.

Course Fee

Local participants: Rs 55,000 per person
International participants: US $ 1,050 per person

Programme Team

Programme Director, MHPE
Dr Rukhsana W. Zuberi

Programme Director, Advanced Diploma in HPE
Dr Syeda Kauser Ali

Course Director
Dr Sheilla Pinjani

Course Coordinator
Dr Azam Afzal

Contact Us

Mr. Rashid Raza
Associate, MHPE
Aga Khan University
Tel: 92 21 3486 2419​​