The online certificate in medical education at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is designed to accommodate physicians and other healthcare professionals who:
- are interested in enhancing their medical education pedagogy knowledge and skills, but may not be interested in educational research or in obtaining an MEd degree, or
- who may be interested in obtaining the MEd degree but not yet sure about the commitment involved or whether online learning is right for them, or
- who would like the designation of “Medical Education” on their transcript
As a stand-alone program, the certificate enables participants to acquire advanced knowledge in the field of medical education and apply that knowledge to improve the programs and projects they are involved with at their institution.
For those who are interested in the MEd program but concerned about the amount of time it will require or how well they will perform in or enjoy the online learning environment, the certificate program affords the opportunity to try the program before making a full commitment. The University of Cincinnati allows five years to complete a graduate certificate program, allowing a participant to take as few as one course per year to complete the program. At any time, the participant can apply to enter the MEd program and transfer the credits taken to date in the certificate program. Once the credits have been completed, the student will earn the certificate and the designation of certificate in medical education on their transcript.
Students in the MEd program who are interested in also earning the certificate must complete the online application for the certificate prior to taking any courses that would count toward the certificate. The Graduate School does not permit any courses taken prior to acceptance to count toward a certificate (in other words, no courses may be transferred into a certificate program).
Applications are accepted year-round for the Certificate in Medical Education, and students may start in any term.