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 best possible solutions to address these.

Course Code


Course Description

The course students get an opportunity to interact with experienced faculty and delineate issues in HPE with respect to reasons, impact on health and health services; changes required in medical, nursing and allied health education and propose solutions to align education to overcome these issues. With this we hope to bring awareness and equip our students as educational leaders with the right approach; so that they take meaningful steps towards aligning education for health service as a result of learning during the course.


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 ten-week course from December 05, 2016 to February 12, 2017.

  • Five-week part-time pre-reading

  • One-week full-time intensive face-to-face onsite component (January 09 – January 13, 2017)

  • Four weeks of part-time independent study and written assignment 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; and

  • propose solution/s with justification, keeping in focus the responsibilities of accreditation bodies, medical colleges and universities; and ventures for Inter-professional Education
    identify specific issues in undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing health professionals


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 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, mental jogs, interactive sessions, individual and small group work, contribution on forum/s, presentations and assignment/s.

Mid-course feedback will be provided.

Course Fee

For local participants: Rs 49,000 per person
For international participants: US $740 person


Programme Director, MHPE

Course Director

MHPE Programme Office:​

Mr Aslam Nathwani
Associate, MHPE Programme
Department for Educational Development
The Aga Khan University

Mr Meeran Ayaz
Secretary, MHPE Programme
Department for Educational Development
The Aga Khan University

Contact us:

Tel: 92 21 3486 2419