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Medical Education (Curr & Instruction)

Medical education is typically the advanced education of medical/dental/osteopathic students, residents, fellows, nurses, technicians, research staff, and others within a hospital or other healthcare or medical facility.  In a broader sense, it also includes the education of patients and their families within those same facilities. While it can also refer in some circumstances to the education of the public regarding specific health conditions or on health and healthy behaviors in general, it is not the same as the field of Public Health (and this degree does not address those needs as well as an MPH would).

This program is designed to provide advanced training in teaching & learning and educational research skills to faculty, staff, and allied health professionals who are involved in precepting or teaching activities and/or medical education research so that they may improve their curricula and teaching methodologies as well as further the knowledge of the field.

The program is offered through a joint partnership of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services (CECH). The faculty at Cincinnati Children's Hopsital Medical Center comprise the entirety of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics. It is open to all fields and specialties.

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Quick Info

Program Code

18MED-DL-MECI-DL

Duration

varies

Admission Criteria

Selective

Location

Distance Learning Only

Department

Curriculum & Instruction
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services

Contact

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
3333 Burnet Avenue, MLC 2011
Cincinnati,OH  45229
Lea Alaee
Email: lea.alaee@cchmc.org
Phone: 513-636-4183

Career Possibilities

In general, this program is for those who are (1) already working within healthcare, (2) currently in or just starting a career track in the medical education field, (3) in some type of a teaching institution, and (4) seeking to further their skills and knowledge and/or improve their curricula and programs. It is not a program for those with no experience in the field or looking to get into the field from outside of medicine or healthcare.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

The program is offered as a distance learning program only, with no on-site requirement. All activities from orientation through final project presentation are conducted via web, email, and telephone.

Coursework includes assigned reading materials, active participation in the course discussion board, and assignments, tests, and group and individual projects. If a course requires an individual project, you are encouraged to choose and design a project that is applicable to your home institution and its organizational needs. This ensures the program is immediately relevant and useful.

The 30-semester credit hour program includes the following 10 courses (3 credits each):

CI7080 Curriculum Development and Evaluation in Medical Education
CI7081 Attitude Formation & Change in Medical Education
CI7082 Human & Adult Learning in Medical Education
CI7083 Application of Instructional Design and Educational Technology in Medical Education
EDST7010 Statistics I
EDST8051 Qualitative Research Methods I
EDST8034 Measurement & Assessment
CI7001 Educational Research for Master's Students
CI6075 Field Experience Practicum
CI7090 Final Master's Project

Curriculum

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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Fall 2012

Predominant Program

    Medical Education Core Requirements
    • CI6075, Field Experiences Practicum, 1 - 6
    • CI7001, Educational Research for Masters Students , 3
    • CI7080, Curriculum Development & Evaluation in Medical Education, 3
    • CI7081, Attitude Formation and Change in Medical Education, 3
    • CI7082, Human and Adult Learning in Medical Education, 3
    • CI7083, Application of Instructional Design and Technology in Medical Education, 3
    • CI7090, Master's Project: Curriculum and Instruction, 1 - 3
    • EDST7010, Statistical Data Analysis I, 3
    • EDST8034, Measurement and Assessment, 3
    • EDST8051, Qualitative Research Methods I, 3

Admission Requirements

Admission is non-competitive. Eligibility criteria include

  • Undergrad GPA of 3.0 or higher or prior master's or doctoral GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Current involvement in medical education or just starting career track in medical education
  • Strong English reading and writing skills

Application requirements include

  • Completion of the online Graduate School application, including application fee. For specific application instructions, please see our website at www.cincinnatichildrens.org/masters.
  • Your current CV or resume
  • An admission essay that addresses your involvement and interest in medical education and scholarship and your future goals within the field
  • Two (2) professional letters of recommendation for admission into this program. Generic recommendations, recommendations for admission to fellowship or residency programs, or recommendations for employment are not suitable. Personal recommendations are not appropriate. 
    • One recommendation should be from your division director, chief, fellowship director, or other supervisor and should address the reasons for his or her support for your application. If you are moving into a new position, the recommendation should be from your new director or supervisor.
    • The second recommendation may be from a colleague, former director or supervisor, former attending or preceptor, or other professional of your choosing who can speak to your involvement/interest/skills/etc. within the medical education field.
  • Transcripts of undergraduate, medical, and/or prior graduate work. Please reference instructions regarding transcripts below or on our website at www.cincinnatichildrens.org/masters.
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores if your native language is not English and you are living and working in a non-English speaking country. Please see the Graduate School Handbook for more information and a list of exempt countries. If you are currently living and working in an English-speaking country, this requirement can be waived.  

    PLEASE NOTE: Since this program is entirely online, all work is written, including course participation on the discussion board. To be successful, you must have strong skills in reading and writing English. As a master's student, a certain level of academic writing is expected, and the ability to write coherently and correctly is necessary. We will assess your written English ability from ALL communications with us, including EMAIL. If we do not feel that your English skills are strong enough to do well in our program, we will recommend you either take additional reading and writing skills training first or that you start with the Certificate program first to better assess your ability to be successful with the full master's program.

Please visit the program website at www.cincinnatichildrens.org/masters for additional information. 

Application Deadline and Procedures

Prospective students will complete the on-line application for their requested program by the posted application deadline.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials and support documents are successfully submitted.  Incomplete applications will not be processed or reviewed.

Transcripts:

Providing academic records during the application process. All applicants are required to upload their unofficial transcripts during the application process. The university defines “unofficial” transcripts as transcripts that have been in the hands of students, are typically printed on plain paper, and do not have a college seal or registrar's signature. Applicants should NOT send official transcripts as part of the application process.

Providing academic records after admission. Once an applicant has been extended an offer of admission to the University of Cincinnati and has accepted the offer, s/he must submit an official transcript showing conferral of a baccalaureate degree or higher as soon as possible to the address below. The university defines “official” transcripts as transcripts that have been received from a secure, authenticated issuing institution and bears validation (e.g., a seal, logo, or watermark), including a date, and an appropriate signature. Official transcripts MUST be sent forward in their original, sealed envelope. The absolute final deadline for submission of official transcripts is one week before the start of the student’s first semester. Students will NOT be allowed to complete a full semester without providing verification of an earned baccalaureate degree or higher. Any discrepancy later found between student-provided unofficial transcripts and official transcripts will be grounds for dismissal. Official Transcripts should be sent to one of the following addresses:

Regular U.S. postal mail: Delivery via parcel delivery service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
110 Van Wormer Hall
P.O. Box 210627
2614 McMicken Circle
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
2614 McMicken Circle
110 Van Wormer Hall
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

UC Alumni

Students who have received degrees from the University of Cincinnati do not need to submit official paper copies of their UC transcripts.

 

Students with degrees received in China

Applicants who have received degrees in China will upload their unofficial transcripts during the application process. The university defines “unofficial” transcripts as transcripts that have been in the hands of students, are typically printed on plain paper, and do not have a college seal or registrar's signature. Unofficial transcripts do NOT need to be verified at this stage of the application process.

 

After being accepted to join a graduate program

Applicants who have earned a degree in China must submit an English-version verification report from the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) of their final transcripts and degree certificates.  All verification reports must be sent to the University of Cincinnati directly by the CDGDC to be considered official. No other verification will be accepted. Applicants with Chinese transcripts must contact the CDGDC after their degree is completed and request that their degree verification report be submitted directly to the University of Cincinnati. Students who request a verification report prior to degree conferral will be required to submit a second report after conferral.

Verification reports can be ordered at the following websites:

 

Verification reports are due to the Graduate School one week prior to the start of the student’s first semester. Failure to submit verification reports on time will result in a student being placed in non-matriculated status and loss of his/her student visa status. Verification reports should be sent to one of the following addresses:

Regular U.S. postal mail: Delivery via parcel delivery service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
110 Van Wormer Hall
P.O. Box 210627
2614 McMicken Circle
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
2614 McMicken Circle
110 Van Wormer Hall
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

 

Application Deadlines

Fall application deadline: July 1

Spring application deadline: November 1

Summer application deadline: March 1

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.