Advanced Level Course on Curriculum Development in Health Professions Education (ALC-CD)

The course focuses on the purpose and approaches used to design curricula in Health Professions Education (HPE), with emphasis on the participants’ involvement within the context of their own profession and institution.

Course Code:



ALC-CD is a core course for the Master of Health Pro​fess​ions Education MHPE program​me. It is also open to all healthcare professionals in Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry and Allied Health with a proven interest/responsibility and atleast two years teaching experience in Health Professions Education (HPE). Other candidates may also apply as per the selection criteria.

See the selection criteria here

(Selection is purely merit based. Acceptance in the course will  be based on the number of seats available)

Pre Requisite:

Introductory Short Course in Health Professio​ns Education (ISC-HPE)

Course Credits:



This is a sixteen week course from January to April 2018. It includes,

  • pre-reading 

  • one-week full-time intensive interactive session. (January 22 - 26, 2018)

  • independent study and written assignment an application-oriented project completion

Learning  Objectives:

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • explore the different trends, practices, outcomes, obstacles, and prospects of curriculum planning and development, to design innovative curricula.

  • differentiate between disciplina-based, organ-based, problem-based, competency-based, and evidence-based curricular models, to apply the dynamics of each model in different settings.

  • analyze a curriculum in their own setting and determine the extent to which curriculum models and evaluation concepts are used.

  • develop a curriculum plan for a program and justify.

  • anaylyze organizational, social and political factors that can affect curriculum planning, and identify strategies to deal with such factors.


The assessment in ALC-CD is divided into the following two components which have to be passed separately:

  1. In the interactive session, assessment will be through:

    • continuous observation of participation and contributions

    • individual and group assignments/presentations,​

    • end of the course assessment.


  2. In the distance learning component, assessment will be based on completion and grading of an independent study and 2000-3000 words application-oriented project. The written assignment will be graded on the basis of application of knowledge and evidence based best solution in their own settings.

For satisfactory completion of the course requriements, student has to attain at least 55% scores in continuous assessment and the written assignments independently, with an overall aggregate of 60%.

Educational Strategies:

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

Mid-course feedback is provided.

Course Fee:

  • Local participants: Rs 49,600 per person​


Dr Syeda Kauser Ali
Programme Director (MHPE)

Dr Tabassum Zehra
Programme Coordinator (MHPE)

Dr Naveed Yousuf
Course Director

Dr Qamar Riaz
Course Co Director


Mr Aslam Nathwani
Associate, HPE Programme
Department for Educational Development
The Aga Khan University
Mr Meeran Ayaz
Secretary, HPE Programme
Department for Educational Development
The Aga Khan University

Contact us:
Tel: 92 21 3486 2419