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Undergraduate Program in Medical Sciences

Major in Medical Sciences

The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine launched the Medical Sciences major in fall 2015 and will welcome its first graduating class in spring 2018.

Photo of Medical Sciences class of 2020



The Medical Sciences major is an innovative pathway within the College of Medicine that will provide students with integrated academic, experiential, and mentored opportunities to prepare them for advanced training in medicine and biomedical sciences. In addition to taking courses that are required for the major, students will choose from a broad range of elective courses. Consultation with an academic advisor will allow the student to generate an Individual Development Plan (IDP) that best meets their career objectives. Students may also petition the major’s curriculum committee to select a course outside of those listed here for valid educational reasons.

A list of undergraduate courses offered in the College of Medicine can be found here.

During their first two years, students in this program will participate in Learning Communities, which develop a sense of camaraderie while students are taking the majority of their classes on west campus. The course PD 1000: Exploring Health Professions serves as part of the First-Year Experience, allowing students to learn about opportunities in the health professions.

For their capstone experience in the senior year, students will select either the Health & Community: Service-Learning track or the Biomedical Research track. Students in the research track will have the opportunity to participate in original biomedical research with placements in cutting-edge laboratories in the College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

View a sample four-year curriculum (PDF) for students in the Medical Sciences major. Individual students' sequences and electives will vary. 

Experiential Learning

UC's Office of the Provost states "all UC undergraduate students should engage in at least one type of experiential learning during their program. Ideal facilitation of experiential learning involves preparation and placement of students into contextual environments where they can practically apply knowledge and skills gained at the university, and subsequently to engage students in meaningful reflection upon these authentic experiences.

As the founder of cooperative education in 1906, the University of Cincinnati continues to innovate and expand its realm of experiential education.  As part of Integrated Core Learning, this innovative approach seeks theory-practice integration, contextual complexity, and community engagement to develop and nurture learning that is self-directed, integrative, and transformational."

What Does Experiential Learning Look Like?

Experiential learning can take many forms. Some of the ways Medical Sciences students can participate in experiential learning are


Find more information on experiential learning attributes, their definitions, and course identifiers here.

Medical Sciences students after their RaMP research presentations

Medical Sciences Contacts

Anil Menon, PhD
Program Director

Dave Wieczorek, PhD
Director of Major Admissions

Beth Shelton, MEd
Program Coordinator

Rachel Shah, MEd
Academic Advisor