The MSCE program is designed to produce a cadre of skilled investigators who conduct a broad range of clinical studies and lead nationally in academic medical and health-services research. To meet this goal, we offer students balanced course work, strong mentorship, hands-on experience in study protocol, and relevant extracurricular activities. Each student designs a research project, performs a study per the protocol he or she creates, and prepares a comprehensive scholarly scientific paper reporting the results. The thesis research project is the first step in a lifetime of academic medical research.

The MSCE degree is composed of 14 course units (CUs) consisting of required core courses, electives, and mentored thesis credits. All students must complete the following courses:

Core Courses (7.5 CUs)

  • EPID 5100 - Introductory Epidemiology (1 CU)
  • EPID 5260 A/B - Biostatistics for Epidemiology Methods I (1 CU)
  • EPID 5270 A/B - Biostatistics for Epidemiology Methods II (1 CU)
  • EPID 5360 - Data Management and Visualization I (0.5 CU)
  • EPID 5370 - Data Management and Visualization II (0.5 CU)
  • EPID 5420 - Measurement of Health in Epidemiology (0.5 CU)
  • EPID 5460 - Clinical Database Research Methodology (0.5 CU)
  • EPID 5600 - Issues in Research Protocol Development (0.25 CU)
  • EPID 5700 - Critical Appraisal of the Medical Literature (0.25 CU)
  • EPID 6400 - Advanced Topics in Epidemiology (1 CU)
  • EPID 6100 - Tutorial in Epidemiologic Research (1 CU)

For more details about core courses, electives, the thesis project, and non-degree requirements please see the student handbook