Who we are and what we do

Monash Centre for Scholarship in Health Education (MCSHE) is a Faculty-wide Centre situated within the education portfolio of the Deputy Dean for Education, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences (FMNHS).  We have a team of core and affiliate staff whose mission is to improve the quality of health education at the FMNHS and beyond, through scholarship.

Our strategic objectives

The key over-arching strategic objective for MCSHE 2017-2021 will be to increase its visibility and reputation locally, nationally and internationally. Furthermore, we have another 21 strategic objectives linked to different elements of scholarship: that is, scholarship of discovery, scholarship of integration, scholarship of application, and scholarship of teaching.

Drawing on Boyer’s (1990) conceptions of scholarship, we will facilitate the quality improvement of health education through:

  • Scholarship of discovery (e.g. excellent educational research)
  • Scholarship of integration (e.g. high quality interdisciplinary collaboration)
  • Scholarship of application (e.g. translation of research findings back into educational practice/policy)
  • Scholarship of teaching (e.g. good quality, research-informed teaching and teaching that better informs educational research)

Our vision is to create an internationally recognised world-class Centre of excellence in the scholarship of health education to improve health education locally, nationally and internationally. By the end of 2021, MCSHE hopes to be the leading centre for scholarship in health education in the Asia-Pacific region, plus one of the top five centres worldwide.

The values underpinning the MCSHE are consistent with those expressed in the Monash University Strategic Plan 2015-2020 and the FMNHS ‘Values, vision and strategic goals’:

  • Discovery: Nurturing curiosity and innovation in the pursuit of new knowledge
  • Ambition: Being excellent in all our activities, continuously pushing ourselves to improve our performance and better understand what excellence means
  • Respect: Acting ethically, fairly, transparently and with integrity and generosity of spirit
  • Openness: Seeking out new ideas and opportunities, sharing our knowledge widely, embracing differing perspectives and working to build collaboration
  • Service: Acting inclusively and responsively, and orienting our research and education to the betterment of society

The staff at MCSHE are the key to achieving our vision and mission and upholding our values. MCSHE presents a hub-and-spokes centre model for health professions education scholarship. Our core team are located centrally within the largest faculty at Monash: the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (FMNHS). We have affiliate members from across the many and diverse schools and departments of FMNHS, as well as membership from the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Affiliates represent MCSHE at their respective schools and departments and represent their schools and departments within MCSHE, making us uniquely and maximally interprofessional. For more details click here.

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