The graduate Certificate in Medical Education requires a minimum of 12 s.h. of graduate credit. The certificate program is designed to help participants find new ways to enhance their scholarship and skills in teaching, curriculum design, and education assessment. It is intended for Carver College of Medicine faculty and professional staff as well as for University of Iowa resident physicians and fellows.

Required course work for the certificate is taken from the Master of Medical Education program. Individuals who complete the certificate and then decide they would like to earn the master's degree may count their certificate course work toward the M.M.E.

The Certificate in Medical Education requires the following course work.

MED:9701Instructional Design and Technology3
or MED:9702 Clinical Teaching in Medical Education
or MED:9711 Teaching Methods in Medical Education
Research and Measurement
MED:9703Educational Research and Evaluation3
or MED:9712 Introduction to Educational Measurement in Medical Education
Additional Courses
Students choose from M.M.E. requirements6
Total Hours12


Applicants should hold an M.D. degree and must have performed satisfactorily on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Basic sciences applicants without an M.D. must hold an equivalent degree and must have performed satisfactorily on an admission test equivalent to the MCAT.

Applicants whose first language is not English and who do not hold a baccalaureate or more advanced degree from an accredited university in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada (excluding French Quebec), English-speaking Africa, Australia, or New Zealand must submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Application materials must include an official transcript showing medical course work and medical degree, or equivalent for basic sciences applicants (current and former University of Iowa students do not need to request a UI transcript or transcripts previously submitted to the University); a letter of reference from the applicant's department chair and one additional letter of reference; and a 300-500 word essay describing the applicant's interest in medical education and in the Certificate in Medical Education program.

To apply to the certificate program, see Applying as a Nondegree Graduate Student on the University of Iowa Office of Admissions website. Application materials should be submitted to the Office of Admissions.

Application deadlines are July 15 for fall semester entry, November 15 for spring semester entry, and April 15 for summer session entry.