Joint Master of Health Professions Education (JMHPE)

Since 2005 Maastricht University (UM) and SHE jointly with Suez Canal University (SCU), Egypt are offering a joint programme in Health Professionals Education. The rationale behind this joint programme is to combine the academic UM experience as a pioneering student centered learning school in Europe with the practical SCU experience as a pioneering community-oriented and problem-based learning school in the Eastern Mediterranean region. UM and SCU share similar educational strategies and the ambition to contribute to health professions education worldwide.

The programme is inspired by the Maastricht MHPE curriculum. Adapted and modified to fit the contextual learning needs. Our aim is to develop future leaders by increasing their competences in health professions education tailor to their relevant professional context.

UM and SCU were both founding members of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH). Being both problem-based medical schools, they are quite alike in their institutional objectives, educational strategies, and training plans. Due to its geographical position in the heart of the Eastern Mediterranean Region, Egypt is a suitable place for this programme.


The programme is focusing on the acquisition of knowledge and skills relevant to career development and research in health professions education. Graduates will be able to:

  • Understand and critically evaluate the theoretical and empirical literature, in particular as it relates to education for the health professions.
  • Design, plan and implement a relevant course for health professionals based on rational principles of learning and instruction.
  • Design, plan and implement an adequate process evaluation and student assessment strategy.
  • Show evidence of the ability to provide scientifically based advice and help to teachers, curriculum committees, or management of an educational institution, and of implementation skills.
  • Show evidence of teaching skills.
  • Gain basic research skills such as the formulation of a question of interest, the design of the study, collection of reliable and valid data, statistical analyses relevant to the data collected and writing a report on the findings.
  • Develop vision, lead change, and manage information, time, crisis, and resolve conflicts.


Teaching method

Learning-by-doing is central to the curriculum, both as an object of study and as a method of learning. You will work on authentic problems and practical exercises to help you to apply the acquired knowledge. You can immediately apply the insights to your own situation.


Distance learning

The Joint Master in Health Professions Education (JMHPE) programme is conducted 100% through distance learning. Interaction between students and staff is web-based in a dedicated learning management system (Canvas). For that reason, students are strongly advised to find access to reliable electronic communication networks (Internet) in their countries.


Registration Date

There are four moments at which a Fellow can start the programme:

  • Batch 1: Start of unit 1
  • Batch 2: Start of unit 4
  • Batch 3: Start of unit 7
  • Batch 4: Start of unit 9

A fellow will graduate after successful completion of the nine units and active participation in the ML Web Listserv practical, online, activities. Fellows have approximately 24 months to finish the program. The Graduation ceremony is held each year in April at SCU in Egypt.

JMHPE program

The JMHPE programme is a two-year distance-learning programme, which can be achieved in less, guided by the staff of both institutions. The curriculum has a six-week unit structure with theory and assignments organised around a central theme. Upon completion of the programme students/fellows receive a certificate from Suez Canal University, with recognition of UM contributions.


The teaching staffs consists of faculty members of both Universities, so they originate from the Eastern Mediterranean Region and the Netherlands. They work under the guidance of the JMHPE Programme Directors Prof. Wagdy Talaat PhD, Head of Medical Education Department Faculty of Medicine Suez Canal University Egypt and Dominique Waterval PhD, Coordinator MHPE SHE/Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences of Maastricht University, the Netherlands.


Admissions and application procedure

Graduates from all health professions are accepted for registration (e.g., health sciences, medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, dentistry, pharmacy, speech therapy). Applicants should have a professional command of the English language both spoken as written. You can register any time and start at four moments in the year. The minimum duration of the Master Course is one year and the maximum is two years. Send an e-mail to with your wish to register and we will send you all the requirements for registration.


Tuition fees

The total fee of the program is €7800, to be paid in two instalments:

  • €2600 to Suez Canal University. Payment deadline is the Fellow’s starting moment in the programme.
  • €5200 to Maastricht University. Payment deadline is 3 months after the Fellow’s starting their batch in the program.

Payment deadline is 3 months after the Fellow’s starting batch in the program. Fellows can request an invoice or make the payment by bank transfer. This fee covers all teaching, library services, costs of learning materials, postage and handling.

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Graduates of the JMHPE 2024