Today is Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

Medical Sciences Baccalaureate Program

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."


Students work alongside faculty at the University of Cincinnati- a R1 institution- and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center to discover an interest in research, build a resume, and develop critical thinking skills.

College of Medicine Research Courses

Courses with a research components and are part of the Medical Sciences curriculum include:

  • MEDS 3030     Biomedical Research Rotation    
  • MEDS 4042     Practice and Community Based Health Research    

There are opportunities to conduct research with College of Medicine faculty at UC and with researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). Medical Sciences students interested in participating in research should contact Dr. Bryan Mackenzie, Director of Research Experiences: or 513-558-3627.

Research Programs at UC

  • SURF - Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
  • RaMP - Research and Mentorship Program
  • WISE REWU - Women in Science & Engineering | Research Experience for Women Undergraduates
  • BRIMS - Biomedical Research Internship for Minority Students
  • McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program

Nationally Competitive Awards

Medical Sciences students are competitive for university sponsorship for national awards, including the Barry Goldwater Award. Goldwater is a prestigious award for students interested in a research career in natural sciences, engineering, or math. For more information about Goldwater or other awards, please visit the Office for Nationally Competitive Awards (NCA).

  • In 2017, three out of the four students sponsored by UC for Goldwater nominations were Medical Sciences majors
  • In 2016, two Medical Sciences students received honorable mentions for Goldwater

Service Learning

Service learning is a form of experiential learning in which volunteer community service is integrated with faculty-directed lectures, readings, discussions, and reflection activities. The purpose of SL is to use a real-world setting to help students refine their skills in problem solving, critical thinking, data analysis, civic and ethical responsibility, and interpersonal development.  Working with diverse and marginalized populations as part of the service learning experience informs both student learning and future practice, which helps students meet the challenges of their chosen career path.  

SL in the Curriculum

Medical Sciences students can opt to incorporate SL into their major electives and capstone:

Annie Fitzgerald Award

The Annie Fitzgerald Award for Leadership and Service is awarded each year to University of Cincinnati undergraduate students who have shown leadership and possess a passion for service. For more information about the award, visit the Center for Community Engagement.

Past Medical Sciences winners include:

  • Zoha Mian, class of 2020
  • Anna Layman, class of 2019

International Opportunities

With the rigorous, structured curriculum of the Medical Sciences major, it can be difficult for students to spend an entire semester or year studying abroad. However, students can still experience other countries and continents first-hand through experiential learning opportunities.

Read about student experiences abroad here.

Some of the ways Medical Sciences students have traveled abroad are:

172811ckBio_110 - Copy

In no other academic institution or program, either Ivy League or research-institution-based, could I ever dream of, let alone accomplish, co-founding and operating a campus-wide Ambassadors Program that spans both the undergraduate and medical college—before the start of my freshman year. The passion and dedication of my fellow Medical Sciences classmates in pursuit of their dreams—and the guidance and friendship they offer along the way—serves as a daily reminder that this university, and program, is where I am meant to be."

Scottie, class of 2019

Anna with Girls on the Run

_ (1)




I joined the Medical Sciences program for the incredible opportunities it provides for its students. Connections with Medical School faculty, connections with local hospital officials, research/shadowing opportunities and the ability to take advanced medical courses truly sets the Medical Sciences program apart at the University of Cincinnati and makes it a program unlike any other."

Kyle, class of 2019


_ (1)




This program is absolutely second to none. The opportunities and experiences provided to students is astounding and the comradery among the Medical Sciences majors fosters a network of growth, not competition. The faculty and advisors here at UC truly care about the students and are focused on their best interests."

Jenna, class of 2019