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Robert Harper, EdD

  • Associate Director, Online Master's Degree and Certificate Programs, Division of General and Community Pediatrics
  • Field Service Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



I’m an associate director for the Online Master’s Degree and Certificate Programs in Medical Education and an assistant professor for the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. In partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, we offer graduate-level accredited programs for physicians and other healthcare providers involved with or interested in medical teaching and learning or educational research.

The research areas that I am most interested in are online learning and educational program outcomes in the graduate program. Using my research, I aspire to deliver an improved understanding of online learning and its effects on its learners as well as the repercussions for providers of online educational programs. For my research, I do not use a laboratory, but focus on technology, online professional development and online education.

My research also focuses on school leadership preparation and social justice education. In addition, I have a K-12 teaching and higher education background. Previous to my graduate education, I spent twelve years working as a music teacher.

I came to this research because of my online learning experience as a student, implementer and faculty member. I have had experience as an administrator, instructor and facilitator of online courses.

I received my master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Cincinnati in 2005. Then, I obtained my education degree in the Urban Educational Leadership Doctoral Program from the University of Cincinnati in June 2008. My dissertation was based on online learning and its principles.

In 2014, I started working at Cincinnati Children’s. I have more than 10 years of experience in the medical education field. My research has been published in The Journal of Pediatrics.

BM: University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, OH, 1992.

MEd: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2005.

EdD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2008.

Services and Specialties

General and Community Pediatrics


Integration of a Pilot Oral Health Curriculum into a Medical School Pediatric Rotation. Cully, JL; Thikkurissy, S; Sahay, RD; Harper, R; Lehmann, C. Pediatric Dentistry. 2021; 43:258-261.