The Master Degree in Epidemiology and Clinical Research is 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.
Students come from a broad spectrum of disciplines, ranging from those with interest in public health to those interested in earning their MDs. The program also considers applicants from doctoral programs in the social, behavioral or biological sciences, who are interested in a concurrent master degree and wish to apply epidemiologic techniques in their areas of research interest. The program also serves as a rigorous introduction to epidemiology and clinical research for students with baccalaureate degrees who anticipate careers in clinical epidemiology or medicine.
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 thesis usually based on original research related to clinical epidemiology.
In addition to satisfying the core course requirements, students must take additional electives in in their area of concentration.