The Master’s of Science program in Epidemiology and Clinical Research is co-directed by Drs. Rita Popat and Victor Henderson. The program provides students with the skills essential to patient-oriented clinical research, including epidemiologic methods and statistical analysis.
Many students are clinical investigators with an MD or comparable clinical degree, often in fellowship stages of their training or already junior faculty members. The program also considers applicants from doctoral programs in the social, behavioral or biological sciences, who are interested in a concurrent Master’s degree and wish to apply epidemiologic techniques in their areas of research interest. The program also serves as a graduate starting point for students with baccalaureate degrees who anticipate careers in epidemiology, clinical research, medicine or population health.
The MS program is typically completed in two years (four to six quarters). All candidates must satisfactorily complete 45 units of graduate course work with a 3.0 (B) or better, as well as a Master’s thesis usually based on original research related to epidemiology.
In addition to satisfying the core course requirements, students must take additional electives in in their area of concentration.