Tuition Costs of Master's of Health Professions Education Programs: A Cross-Sectional Analysis: Academic Medicine

Jacqueline Lai, Evan Fang, Teresa M. Chan, Ara Tekian, H. Ibrahim

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Purpose The increasing professionalization of medical education during the past 2 decades has ushered in an era in which formal degrees, particularly master's of health professions education (MHPE), have become important for career advancement in medical education. Although tuition costs can pose a substantial barrier for many seeking advanced degrees in health professions education, data on tuition associated with these programs are lacking. This study examines the accessibility of pertinent cost-related information available to prospective students and the variability of costs among programs worldwide. Method The authors conducted an Internet-based, cross-sectional study, augmented with emails and direct contact with educators, to extract tuition-related data for MHPE programs between March 29, 2022, and September 20, 2022. Costs were converted to an annual total within each jurisdiction's currency and converted to U.S. dollars on August 18, 2022. Results Of the 121 programs included in the final cost analysis, only 56 had publicly available cost information. Excluding programs free to local students, the mean (SD) total tuition cost was $19,169 ($16,649), and the median (interquartile range) cost was $13,784 ($9,401- $22,650) (n = 109). North America had the highest mean (SD) tuition for local students ($26,751 [$22,538]), followed by Australia and New Zealand ($19,778 [$10,514]) and Europe ($14,872 [$7,731]), whereas Africa had the lowest ($2,598 [$1,650]). The region with the highest mean (SD) tuition for international students was North America ($38,217 [$19,500]), followed by Australia and New Zealand ($36,891 [$10,397]) and Europe ($22,677 [$10,010]), whereas Africa had the lowest ($3,237 [$1,189]). Conclusions There is substantial variability in the geographic distribution of MHPE programs and marked differences in tuition. Incomplete program websites and limited responsiveness from many programs contributed to a lack of transparency regarding potential financial implications. Greater efforts are necessary to ensure equitable access to health professions education. © 2023 by the Association of American.
Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)1319-1325
Number of pages7
JournalAcad. Med.
Volume98
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

Keywords

  • 3-Methoxy-4-hydroxyphenylethanol
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Education, Medical
  • Health Occupations
  • Humans
  • Students
  • 4 hydroxy 3 methoxyphenylethanol
  • cross-sectional study
  • education
  • human
  • medical education
  • medical profession
  • student

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