The graduate certificate program is designed to help health care education faculty members, professional staff, residents, and fellows in the Carver College of Medicine and University Hospitals & Clinics find new ways to enhance their scholarship and skills in teaching, curriculum design, and education assessment. The Certificate in Medical Education program involves the same courses as the Master in Medical Education (M.M.E.); however, it only requires a minimum of 12 s.h. of graduate credit. Individuals who complete the certificate and then decide to earn the master's degree may count their certificate coursework toward the M.M.E. degree.

The Certificate in Medical Education requires the following coursework.


One of these:
MED:9701Instructional Design and Technology3
MED:9702Clinical Teaching in Medical Education3
MED:9711Teaching Methods in Medical Education3

Research and Measurement

One of these:
MED:9703Educational Research and Evaluation3
MED:9712Introduction to Educational Measurement in Medical Education3

Additional Courses

Students choose courses from M.M.E. requirements6

For additional courses that satisfy the certificate requirements, view Master in Medical Education (M.M.E.) in this section of the Catalog.

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 must submit official test scores to verify English proficiency. Applicants can verify English proficiency by submitting official test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Duolingo English Test (DET).

Application materials must include an official transcript showing medical coursework 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 Nondegree Seeking Students 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.