Undergraduate Medical Education

Faculty members of the CCEB and the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Informatics (DBEI) direct and lead Module I and Module II courses and research programs for medical students.


Epidemiology and Biostatistics
This Module I, first-semester course provides a basic introduction to epidemiology and biostatistics for first-year medical students. It centers on concepts essential to critically appraising medical literature and to applying clinical evidence to patient care. The course includes lectures and small-group workshops and is taught by a wide range of faculty members. Joshua Baker, MD, MSCE, directs the course.

Evidence-Based Medicine
This course is taught by CCEB and other relevant faculty at the end of Module II, just before students enter their clinical clerkships.  Students learn how to acquire medical evidence from various sources and apply it to medical care, integrating patient preferences into the process.  The course combines lectures with workshops that simulate clinical scenarios students will encounter in their clerkships. This approach is designed to help students feel comfortable with the process, and, more specifically, helps prepare them to gather and use evidence to inform diagnosis and treatment decisions for patients, during clerkship rotations and beyond.

Allison Willis, MD, MS, and Jennifer Han, MD, MSCE, direct the course.  Questions can be directed to Michelle McCarthy, mccarth@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.

Diversity Statement

The Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics values diversity and seeks talented students from diverse backgrounds, including individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Further, the CCEB does not discriminate on the basis of color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or status as a disabled or Vietnam Era veteran in the administration of its educational policies, programs or activities, admissions policies and procedures, and scholarship programs. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply to the CCEB's educational programs.