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Education and Research Training

Center for Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania

Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (M.S.C.E.) degree program are assigned to a faculty mentor based on the student's research interest. The mentor will act in an advisory capacity throughout that student's course of study, particularly regarding the development of the required research project.

All students are required to complete a required core of courses (seven course units), generally taken in the first year of study. The core of required courses for the M.S.C.E. degree program is as follows:

Introductory Epidemiology
(EP 510, one course unit)
Introductory Biostatistics
(EP 520, one and ½ course units)
Statistical Methods for Epidemiologic Research
(EP 521, one course unit)
Database Management for Clinical Epidemiology
(EP 532, ½ course units)
Measurement of Health in Epidemiology
(EP 542, one course unit), or another health measurement course
Issues in Research Protocol Development
(EP 560, ½ course unit)
Critical Appraisal of the Medical Literature
(EP 570, ½ course unit)
Tutorial in Epidemiologic Research
(EP 610, one course unit)

Additional courses are required (three course units), some of which may be electives, depending on the Track in which the student is enrolled (see the last paragraph below). In total, sixteen course units of credit are required for the completion of the M.S.C.E. degree. Students also are required to plan a research project in detail, complete this project, and write up the results in the form of a thesis (six course units).

Finally, students also are required to participate in a series of programs for which course unit credits are not awarded. These requirements include: participation for at least one year in the weekly CCEB Research Seminar, which runs from September through June annually; completion of an online seminar on the ethics of biomedical research; and completion of the School of Medicine’s online Patient Oriented Certification Program.

Upon enrollment, students will choose one of five tracks based on research interests: Epidemiology, Health Services Research, Human Genetics, Bioethics, or Patient-Oriented Research. The required core of courses is the same for each Track (see above). Additional elective or Track-specific required courses are taken in addition to the core courses to provide the proper foundation for each Track.