Medical Writing and Editing

Our Certificate in Medical Writing and Editing is designed to teach students the fundamentals and best practices of crisp, clear, and sophisticated medical writing and editing.

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About the Program

The certificate offers a mix of courses focused on writing and editing taught by experienced instructors working in the medical publishing field.

Program Structure

The majority of courses are offered online, but limited courses are conducted in person each year. Students may take all online courses or a combination of online and face-to-face courses.

Face-to-face courses are offered in a convenient three-day format at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago.

Online courses are three to five weeks long, with weekly live classroom sessions. Between the weekly live sessions, participants complete required readings and assignments. All participants' equipment and software must meet minimal technical standards for online learning

Technical Requirements for Online Students

Adobe Connect Practice Sessions for Online Courses (optional)

A virtual classroom will be available on Tuesdays, from 8:00-9:00pm Central Time and Thursdays, from 11:00-11:30am Central Time, if you'd like to test your computer and audio equipment or try to solve a technical issue. An Online Course Monitor will be logged on as well during these times to provide any technical assistance you may need. To enter the space, go to the virtual classroom, and log in as a guest, using your full name. You do not need a password.

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Program Requirements

Students must take 4 courses to receive a certificate.

Students who complete 6 courses will earn an advanced certificate.

Application/Registration Requirements

  • Students should hold a BA.
  • Students may take up to 1 course without applying to the program. An application must be on file before students register for a second course.

To apply, students should submit

  • A completed online application
  • Statement of purpose (250 words) describing why you wish to enroll in the certificate.
  • Current professional resume
  • $40 application fee

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View previously offered Medical Writing and Editing courses.

Members of related professional associations such as the American Medical Writers Association, Council of Science Editors, National Association of Science Writers, International Society of Managing and Technical Editors, Editorial Freelancers Association, and Independent Writers of Chicago as well as BELS certified editors qualify for a 10% discount when able to provide proof of current, valid membership. The professional membership discount is not available for online registration. Please call Registration at 773.702.1722.

If you are a member of an organization not listed above, please contact Kathleen Fabiny or Lisa Malvin at