Fellowship support for training in pharmacoepidemiology leading to the Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE) degree or PhD in epidemiology degree is available on a competitive basis through a grant (link is external) from the National Institute for General Medical Sciences for persons with a clinical doctoral degree (including MD, PharmD, DO, PhD, etc). Persons interested in being considered for this grant should apply to the MSCE program or PhD program and indicate this source of funding on their application.

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Program components include:

  • Enrollment in the MSCE or Epidemiology PhD program
  • Development/completion of a de novo research project in clinical pharmacoepidemiology, performed under the close supervision of a methodology preceptor and other members of a mentoring team
  • Required courses in pharmacoepidemiology research methods: EPID 666: Pharmacoepidemiology Research Methods and EPID 672: Biostatistical Methods to Address Confounding
  • Training in the use of administrative claims and electronic health record databases
  • Attendance at weekly and monthly seminars focusing on clinical pharmacoepidemiology
  • Instruction in the responsible conduct of research (RCR), regularly affairs and protection of human subjects
  • Completion of the Principles of Clinical Pharmacology online curriculum provided by NIGMS
  • Participation in seminars and workshops focusing on professional development including grant writing and career mentoring

Trainees will have limited funds for travel to present their research projects. The training program typically provides support for two years for MSCE students and up to three years of support for PhD students. Trainees will spend their first year completing didactic coursework and writing their research protocol. In year two, trainees will conduct and complete their thesis project and prepare a manuscript for publication.


Eligible candidates should hold a clinical doctoral degree (including MD, PharmD, DO, PhD). All candidates must certify that they are either a U.S. Citizen, a non-citizen national of the United States, or a lawful permanent resident.

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 Clinical Pharmacoepidemiology Training Program. Furthermore, we welcome students with disabilities and are committed to providing the same exceptional opportunities to all students. Policies and procedures have been developed to provide students with as much independence as possible and to promote self-advocacy. We encourage learners with disabilities to access all of the resources available to them, including self-identifying through the office of Student Disabilities Services.

Resources for Applicants and Trainees:

ISPE Student Chapter

Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology Program (MSCE)

Epidemiology PhD Program

CCEB Seminars

Diversity and Inclusion at Penn

Penn Medicine Office of Inclusion and Diversity

Office of Student Disability Services

Weingarten Learning Resources Center

Counseling and Psychological Services

Grad Center at Penn



  CPeRT members develop real-world evidence about the health effects of medications and other medical products, and prepare the next generation of pharmacoepidemiology leaders. CPeRT is an academic partner to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-funded Sentinel Initiative. CPeRT members are also editors of the journal Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, and the books Pharmacoepidemiology, 6th edition and Textbook of Pharmacoepidemiology, 3rd edition.   


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