Medical Education (Curriculum & Instruction) : Online


Why study Medical Education (Curriculum & Instruction) : Online?

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.

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. Please see specific instructions on our website at
  • 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 see specific instructions below or on our website at
  • 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 for additional information. 

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.

Lea Alaee, Program Coordinator (513) 636-4183 or


Robert Harper, Jr., Co-director (513) 636-7258 or

Application Deadlines

Fall application deadline: July 1

Spring application deadline: November 1

Summer application deadline: March 1

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

Contact Information

Lea Alaee
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
3333 Burnet Avenue, MLC 2011
Cincinnati, OH 45229

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Program Code: 18MAS-MECI-MED-.MECI-DL