Bring your clinical leadership to the classroom


Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required. Successful completion requires a minimum of 30 credit hours.

This program has two options for study:

  1. Clinical Education/Administration
  2. Clinical Research

Clinical Education/Administration students take F_C_MD 8491 Field Experience in Medical Education in their second year of study. Clinical Research students take F_C_MD Research in Community Health instead of the field experience course.

The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.

Year 1
Fall Spring Summer
F Sp Su
F_C_MD 8422 Clinical Research Methods I1 X
STAT 7020 Statistical Methods in the Health Sciences X
F_C_MD 8423 Clinical Research Methods II1 X
F_C_MD 8411 Learning Strategies in Preclinical and Clinical Education of Physicians X
F_C_MD 8420 Principles of Epidemiology X
Year two
Fall Spring Summer
F Sp Su
F_C_MD 8410 Principles and Practices in Medical Education X
F_C_MD 8430 Applications of Evidence-Based Medicine I X
F_C_MD 7310 The Health Care System X
F_C_MD 8431 Applications of Evidence-Based Medicine II X
F_C_MD 8491 Field Experience in Medical Education2 X
F_C_MD 8450 Research in Community Health2 X
Following are examples of some elective courses available for Academic Medicine students:
Fall Spring Summer
F Sp Su
HMI 7566 Health Information Ethics X
F_C_MD 8424 Comparative Effectiveness Research X
NURSE 8020 Intermediate Statistical Methods for Health Researchers X
NURSE 8300 Public Health and Sociocultural Issues X
HMI 7567 Health Organizational Ethics X
NURSE 8310 Health Disparities of Rural and Other Underserved Populations X
NURSE 9450 Social Determinants of Health Odd
NURSE 7010 Biostatistical Foundations for Health Researchers X
F_C_MD 8425 Participatory Approaches for Health and Health Systems X

1 Stand-alone courses. You may take either course in your first semester.

2 You can take for 1–3 credit hours each, depending on your interest. Select one of these courses based on your career track.

You may substitute elective courses for some required course work, with prior approval from your academic adviser.

Post-baccalaureate enrollment

Prior to acceptance into the program, you may enroll as a post-baccalaureate (formerly nondegree-seeking) student in up to 9 credit hours. Enrollment does not guarantee acceptance. Learn more about nondegree-seeking university student admissions.


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The School of Medicine is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page.

How to apply

  1. Fulfill the admission requirements:

    • 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.).
    • If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
  2. Mark your calendar

  3. This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend you submit your application at least six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

    Application dates

    To start classes in Apply by Classes begin
    Fall July 15 August
    Spring Nov. 15 January
    Summer April 15 June
  4. Gather your papers

  5. Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:

    • Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
    • Two 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.
    • Personal statement of research goals and interests.
    • Curriculum vitae or résumé.
    • Verification from residency program or other relevant post-graduate training.
    • TOEFL or IELTS score reports for applicants whose native language is not English.
    • Additionally, you will undergo a phone interview.
  6. Complete the online application

  7. Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.

    • Upload the above documents in the online application
    • Application type: Master’s Program
    • Degree/Delivery: Masters- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
    • Academic Program: Academic Medicine-Distance (MS)
    • TOEFL or IELTS scores: Institution Code 6875 (if applicable)

    Apply Here

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For information about academic issues or course content, please contact

This program is administered by the Department of Family and Community Medicine.