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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible?
Eligible applicants include those with YSM resident, fellow, and faculty appointments in a department or program approved to award the MHS, and residents must be from a department approved to offer the MHS degree. Candidates will have identified medical education as a career focus. This program embraces diversity and inclusion across multiple dimensions such as race, ethnicity, gender, sex and age, and seeks to have representation from across the approved YSM clinical departments.
What YSM departments/programs are approved to offer the MHS degree?
The full list of YSM departments/programs that are approved to offer the MHS degree can be found on the Office of Student Research website.
What if my department is not on the list of approved departments?
If an interested applicant’s department/program is not approved to offer the MHS degree, their department chair should contact Anne Kellett in the YSM Office of Student Research for information about how to apply.
What are the MHS-Med Ed degree application requirements?
  • A research project description
  • Three full-time faculty members who have agreed to serve as a Thesis Committee for the participant
    • The MHS Thesis Committee is a three-person committee, which includes the applicant's Primary Mentor and two other full-time faculty members selected by the applicant and approved by the MHS Program Director in the applicant's department. Thesis Committee members should offer the greatest expertise possible.
    • The Primary Mentor must be a full-time YSM faculty member.
    • The Second and Third thesis committee members must be full-time Yale faculty and may include faculty members from other Yale schools. At least one committee member must be from outside the applicant’s home department.
    • The TLC faculty may not serve as thesis committee members. The Thesis Committee will be responsible to meet two to three times a year with the applicant. The Committee will also be responsible for reviewing the Master's thesis research project and the completed thesis.
  • The applicant’s education research may focus on a variety of topics including: curricular development, teaching, assessment and administration in either Undergraduate, Graduate or Continuing Medical Education.
  • Approval in writing by the applicant’s Department MHS Program Director including statements of:
    • Approval of the time commitment required to participate (35% time each year)
    • How the tuition will be paid
  • A letter of support from the applicant’s Department Chair
  • A letter of support from the applicant’s primary faculty mentor
  • A statement of expectation that the applicant will contribute to the Yale community
  • A personal statement written by the applicant addressing how the degree will enhance his/her academic career
Where and how do I apply?

Visit the Application Information page for more information.

If you have all the required documents and information on hand, the application will take between five and eight minutes to complete.

Note that the online application form must be completed in one sitting; it cannot be saved.

What are the MHS Degree requirements?

The requirements for the MHS-Med Ed degree center on an original education research project and thesis. Participants design their research project and individual learning plan within the framework of required courses, in collaboration with the MHS-Med Ed Program Director. Participants will be required to have a manuscript in press or at least ready to submit by the final date for completion of graduation requirements.

The degree is granted on a pass/fail grading system

A complete description of all MHS-Med Ed requirements for graduation are found on this PDF.

What is my commitment?

This is a two-year program requiring approximately a 35% time commitment, which must be approved by your department MHS Program Director in writing. This program is intended for those who plan to pursue a career at Yale. While this is not a strict requirement, because of Yale’s investment in the participant, it will be an important consideration. If a participant is unable to complete the degree in two years, approval of an extension is required by the MHS-Med Ed Program Director and the MHS Advisory Board.

What is my department's commitment?
The department's MHS Program Director must approve a three-person Thesis Committee whose responsibility it is to support the participant in their research work and the completion of their thesis. The participant must have protected time, approximately 35% commitment, to complete the degree requirements in two years.
What is the cost of tuition?
The tuition for the degree is $28,000 of which $8,000 is required. The remaining $20,000 balance will either be waived by the Medical School or can be supported by an NIH training grant from the responsible department. A statement from the applicant’s department MHS Program Director about how the $8,000 balance tuition will be paid is required at the time of application. The balance of $8,000 must be paid either by the applicant’s department or by the applicant personally.