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

The course focuses on the issues in Health Professions Education (HPE) at national, regional and global level and reasons with the most effective, feasible and sustainable solutions to address these.

Course Code


Course Description

Students get opportunities to interact with experienced faculty, delineate and explore current issues in HPE and identify factors that have an impact on health professions education. They will also identify the changes required in medical, nursing and allied health education and propose solutions to align education to health services in order to overcome these issues.

This course will bring awareness of current issues in health professions education (HPE) and equip our students as educational leaders with well-considered approaches after critically weighing the evidences; so that they may take meaningful steps towards aligning education for health services and vice versa.


ARC-Issues is a core course for students enrolled in the Master o​​f H​PE Programme. It is also open as a standalone course 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.

There are a limited number of seats, applicants will be shortlisted according to the specified criteria

Pre requisite

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

Course Credits



This is a sixteen-week course from August 29 - December 16, 2022.

  • pre-reading

  • one-week full-time intensive face-to-face onsite component (October 3 - 7, 2022)

  • independent study and written application-based project (ISWA-P) completion

Learning Objectives

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

  • identify the specific issues in undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing health professionals education around the world, in the region and in Pakistan

  • prioritize issue/s on the basis of impact on health and health services

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

  • relate the balance of service, education and research to work ethics of faculty members and propose best possible ways to do it

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

  • propose solution/s with justification, keeping in focus the responsibilities of accreditation bodies, medical colleges and universities; and ventures for Inter-professional Education


The assessment in this course 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

  • 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). The assignment will be evaluated on the basis of application of knowledge and synthesis to justify best solution/s of issues in HPE which are likely to be effective, feasible and sustainable in their own settings. ​

For satisfactory completion of the course requirements, students need 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 and is offered through guided discovery, interactive sessions, facilitator led discussion (FLD) and faculty presentation (FP) individual and small group work,  individual and small group work, presentations and individual written assignment.

Mid-course feedback will be provided.

Course Fee

For local participants: Rs 53,000 per person​​

​Programme Team

Programme Director (MHPE)
and Course Director, ARC-Issues

Programme Coordinator (MHPE)

Dr Amber Sultan
Course Coordinator, ARC-Issues

Programme Office​

Mr Aslam Nathwani
Associate, MHPE Programme
Department for Educational Development
Tel: 92 21 3486 2419

Mr Meeran Ayaz​
Secretary, MHPE Programme
Department for Educational Development
Tel: 92 21 3486 2154

Contact us:

Tel: 92 21 3486 2419/2154