• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

The online masters degree in academic medicine from MU, the first such degree in the nation to be offered 100 percent online, will provide you with the fundamental knowledge and skills for your future academic career. If you want to pursue your studies while maintaining your current positions and responsibilities, this may be the degree for you.

Titles held by recent graduates:

  • Clinical research faculty
  • College dean
  • Department chair
  • Organizational president
  • Program director
  • Research professor

Program structure and topics

Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Courses are semester-based. Students typically finish the program in two years.

Course work covers

  • Epidemiology
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Health care systems
  • Learning strategies in clinical education
  • Medical education
  • Research methods

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Board-certified or board-eligible physicians who have already received MD, DO, MBBS or equivalent degrees may apply. Typically, physicians have completed residency training in their primary specialty prior to enrollment, but current residents may apply with the permission of their program director. Physicians in clinical or academic fellowship programs (or both) are also welcome to apply. Prospective students with other doctoral and graduate degrees will also be considered (MSW, MPH, DC, etc.).
  2. A written personal statement

    Describe your research goals and interests.

  3. 2 letters of recommendation

    In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of two professionals who can attest to your critical thinking, analytical and writing skills, demonstrating your potential as a graduate student and professional.

  4. Official/Unofficial transcripts from all previous schools
  5. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 6.5, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 59 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 180.
  6. Submit your résumé or curriculum vitae.
  7. Submit verification from your medical residency program or other relevant post-graduate training.
  8. After initial review of application materials, the committee may wish to schedule a phone interview with you.
The University of Missouri is currently authorized to accept students to most distance education programs in all 50 states. Please see our state authorization page.

Application Deadlines

July 15
November 15
April 15


  • .Year 1
  • F_C_MD 8422Clinical Research Methods I3 Credits

    Principles of designing, implementing and reviewing research in the health sciences.

  • Stat 7020Statistical Methods in the Health Sciences3 Credits

    Basic inference methods, both parametric and non-parametric, appropriate for answering questions arising in health sciences research. Computer exercises involving data from real experiments from health science area. Prerequisites: MATH 1100 or MATH 1120 and instructor's consent.

  • F_C_MD 8423Clinical Research Methods II3 Credits

    This is a continuation of the Clinical Research Methods I (CRM_I) introductory course on the multi-method approach to clinical research. Similar to the previous course, it covers both quantitative and qualitative research methods, but includes advanced applications.

  • F_C_MD 8411Learning Strategies in Preclinical & Clinical Educ. of Physicians3 Credits

    Examination of curricular strategies in preclinical and clinical education of medical students and graduate medical education. Emphasis will be placed on different types of instructional strategies. Prerequisites: instructor's consent.

  • F_C_MD 8420Principles of Epidemiology3 Credits

    Examines methods of study of disease frequency and distribution in populations. Utilizes small group discussions for understanding of current medical literature. Prerequisites: instructor's consent.

  • .Year 2
  • F_C_MD 7310The Health Care System3 Credits

    Overview of health care system and relationship between its components. Focuses on changing nature of the system and issues confronting the future health care system. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

  • F_C_MD 8410Principles and Practices in Medical Education3 Credits

    An examination of the past and present influences on the education of physicians, the application of adult education principles and the future approaches to medical education. Prerequisites: instructor's consent.

  • F_C_MD 8430Applications of Evidence-Based Medicine I3 Credits

    Students will participate in editing, presentation and publication of evidence-based reviews of current medical literature. Prerequisites: instructor's consent.

  • F_C_MD 8431Applications of Evidence-Based Medicine II3 Credits

    Students will participate in editing, presentation and publication of evidence-based reviews of current medical literature. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

  • F_C_MD 8491Field Experience in Family and Community Medicine3 Credits

    Supervised teaching experience in the preclinical, clinical, and residency programs. Prerequisites: instructor's consent.

  • OR F_C_MD 8450Research in Community Health3 Credits

    Original research in community health not leading to a thesis but requiring a formal research report.

  • F_C_MD 7350Special Readings in Community Health (elective)3 Credits
  • F_C_MD 7400Problems in Community Health (elective)3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $386.00
  • Fees: $14.03
  • Total: $400.03
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1158.00
  • Fees: $42.09
  • Total: $1200.09
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $386.00
  • Fees: $14.03
  • Total: $400.03
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1158.00
  • Fees: $42.09
  • Total: $1200.09
Tuition rates are subject to change.

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education online

    With more than 100 online programs to choose from across our four campuses, our online students have incredible access to career-advancing education. Our online courses are developed and taught by the same excellent faculty and instructors who teach the courses on campus. Whether you’re looking for an undergraduate education, graduate education, or a certificate program to further your career, one of our four campuses has an option to fit your needs.

  • Learning that fits your schedule

    Online learning provides students with the flexibility and freedom to attend classes whenever and wherever you are, in a way that is convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue working and by avoiding relocation, travel and commuting costs. Courses must be completed in scheduled time frames, but in most cases, you can log in and complete course work whenever doing so best fits your schedule. Online education means learning on your terms – not the other way around.

  • Service you expect from a renowned University

    Our goal is to provide our online students with an excellent academic experience, without forcing you to make sacrifices in other areas of your life.

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