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Graduate Program in Clinical Epidemiology

The programs in Clinical Epidemiology are aimed at university graduates intending a career in health services, faculty members seeking advanced training in clinical epidemiology, medical doctors and health care professionals interested in health care delivery research.

Participants in the clinical epidemiology programs develop strong clinical research skills and gain knowledge through course work, research seminars, the completion of research projects, and the production of a thesis for the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs. 
 

There are three programs offered in clinical epidemiology:

Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology: Application Deadline - January 15

Students must successfully complete three core courses and two seminars: MED6250 Basic Clinical Epidemiology, MED6262 Clinical Biostatistics, and MED6255 Clinical Research and Design.  Attendance at scheduled epidemiology seminars (MED6400 and MED6401) is mandatory. There is no research project requirement.

MSc in Clinical Epidemiology: Application Deadline - March 1
 
Students must successfully complete: MED6250 Basic Clinical Epidemiology, MED6262 Clinical Biostatistics , MED6255 Clinical Research and Design, and MED6260 Applied Data Analysis for
Epidemiology as well as one elective.  The electives offered by Clinical Epidemiology are:  MED6095 Health Technology Assessment or MED6263 Conducting and Publishing a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis or MED6265 Genetics and Clinical Epidemiology. However, as programs of study vary across the spectrum of health care, electives other than those offered by Clinical Epidemiology are also acceptable if approved by the student’s supervisory committee and the Director of the Clinical Epidemiology program.  Attendance at four scheduled epidemiology seminars is mandatory (MED6400, MED6401, MED6402 and MED6403).  All MSc students are required to give at least one presentation during these seminars. Students may be asked to present at any time during their program.
 
 
The M.Sc. requires completion of an approved research project and a thesis. Prior to applying to the Master’s program the student will have secured a supervisor and project. The supervisor will be a Clinical Epidemiology faculty member who has agreed to support the student's research by providing supervision, space, equipment and research funds (if applicable). The student in collaboration with the supervisor is expected to develop a research question with clinical relevance, and to play a central role in project design, data collection and analysis.
 
Students cannot be admitted to the M.Sc. program without an approved research project.


PhD in Clinical Epidemiology:  Application Deadline - March 1

The PhD program requires students to take all courses required for the M.Sc. plus one or more additional courses (as recommended by the supervisory committee). Attendance at four scheduled epidemiology seminars is mandatory (MED6410, MED6411, MED6412 and MED6413).
 
The Ph.D. requires completion of an approved research project and a thesis. Prior to applying to the Ph.D. program the student will have secured a supervisor and project. The supervisor will be a Clinical Epidemiology faculty member who has agreed to support the student's research by providing supervision, space, equipment and research funds. The student is expected to develop a
research question with clinical relevance, and to play the primary role in project design, data collection, analysis and interpretation and the dissemination of study findings.
 
A Ph.D. student must take the comprehensive examination before the end of the seventh semester as required by general University regulations. The comprehensive exam will consist of both a written and an oral component. The specific areas to be examined will be chosen by an examination committee in consultation with the student's supervisor.
 
Students cannot be admitted to the Ph.D program without an approved research project.
 
 
In all cases, students must meet the general admission requirements for graduate students at Memorial University http://www.mun.ca/regoff/calendar/sectionNo=GRAD-0015. Either of the degree programs may be taken on a full-time (funded) or part-time basis (unfunded).
 
University regulations mandate that any degree must be completed within seven years.
 
Courses MED6250 Basic Clinical Epidemiology and MED6262 Clinical Biostatistics are offered in the fall semester while MED6255 Research and Design, and MED6260 Applied Data Analysis for Epidemiology are offered in the winter semester. Individual course instructors will determine class size limits.

Course Number

Maximum

Minimum

6250 (Basic intro)

30     

5

6255 (Res. design)

30

5

6262 (Biostatistics)

25

5


6263 (Systematic Review)

10

5

6095 (HTA)

25

5

6265 (Genetics)

10

3

6260 (Data Analysis)

25

5

6400 (seminar)

50

5

 

Deadlines for submission of complete applications:

For enrollment in the FALL semester:

Diploma:   January 15th 
M.Sc. and Ph.D. :  March 1st      
Medical Residents:  July 31st

 

IMPORTANT

1.  The diploma program only accepts admission for the Fall semester.

2. It is preferable that the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs commence in the Fall semester due to course offerings, however, a supervisor can opt to have a student start at the beginning of any semester.

 

To apply click on the link:

http://www.mun.ca/become/graduate/

 

Inquiries:  clinicalepidemiology@med.mun.ca


Core Course Offerings
MED6250 Basic Clinical Epidemiology
Chair Dr. Laurie Twells 864-6655 ltwells@mun.ca   
This course is intended to be an introduction to the underlying principles and practices of Clinical Epidemiology. Students will be introduced to epidemiologic concepts that include measures of disease frequency and association, study design, bias, confounding, reliability, validity, diagnostic testing. During this course, students will start to develop the formal skills necessary to develop a research question and objectively search and critically review scientific literature as it relates to the question. 


MED6262 Clinical Biostatistics

Chair Dr. Hensley Mariathas 864-2887 hensley.mariathas@med.mun.ca
The material covered in this course will help students to understand introductory level biostatistics, ranging from frequency tables, simple regression methods applicable in medical research. Main objectives are:
1) to provide students the understanding of basic statistical theories, concepts, and methods used in medical research;
2) to help students competently and critically evaluate the method and result sections of the medical research literature, and
3) to introduce students to the basic use of SPSS: a statistical package used in applied clinical research


MED6260 Applied Data Analysis for Epidemiology

Chair Dr. Zhiwei Gao 864-6523 zhiwei.gao@med.mun.ca
This course is designed to be able to develop an analysis plan to answer a clinical research question, to carry out the analyses, and to report and interpret the results. In particular, students will be able to:

  • To understand some important study design settings
  • To choose the most appropriate statistical method to analyze the datasets including genetic datasets
  • To understand the concepts of advanced multivariate statistical methods and interpret the results from a statistical package
  • To be able to use SAS to analyze different kinds of real datasets


MED6255 Research and Design
Chair Dr. Holly Etchegary 864-6605 holly.etchegary@med.mun.ca
This course is intended to further enhance your understanding of the underlying principles and practices of Clinical Epidemiology. All research starts with a question or hypothesis.  Many of us have research ideas and the challenge is to turn these ideas into specific questions.  This may be the most crucial step in the research process.  In this course, students will be provided with an overview of clinical research designs, as well as a specific focus on methods and practical aspects of carrying out a research project. At the end of the course, students will have developed a full research proposal, including budget and ethical considerations.
MED6400 Seminar Series:  Chair Dr. Kathy Hodgkinson 864-6694 khodgkin@mun.ca
Each semester a student is required to register for their courses, one of which must be a seminar course.
Make sure that you register for the appropriate seminar series course number each semester as outlined below.  FOR THE DURATION OF YOUR PROGRAM, DO NOT REGISTER FOR THE SAME COURSE NUMBER TWICE.

Diploma –  MED6400 Seminar Series
The course numbers are:
6400 and 6401

MSc. Candidates –  MED6400 Seminar Series
The course numbers are:
6400, 6401, 6402 and 6403

PhD Candidates 
  MED6400 Seminar Series
The course numbers are:
6410, 6411, 6412, and 6413

Elective Course Offerings
MED6265:  Chair Dr. Kathy Hodgkinson 864-6694 khodgkin@mun.ca
Genetics and Clinical Epidemiology
This course is designed to provide students in clinical epidemiology with the basics in medical genetics, and the overlap between medical genetics and epidemiology.  Issues of study design, analyses and biases in genetic epidemiological studies, and issues of phenotype related to genotype will be highlighted. Major concepts in genetics often misunderstood and ignored in epidemiological studies such as variability and penetrance related to natural history and clinical course will be discussed particularly with relation to family studies. Diagnostic utility of genetic testing will be covered. Students will be expected to understand estimates of heritability and segregation analyses, and analyses relevant to gene finding (linkage, association studies etc. ).  Gene-environment and gene-gene interactions will be a focus. 


MED6095 Health Technology Assessment
Chair Dr. Rick Audas 864-6501  raudas@mun.ca
The objective of this course is to provide students with a knowledge of Health Technology Assessment concepts and the skills to apply them to health policy and decisions which are made in resource allocation.  A special emphasis will be placed on contextualizing HTA evidence to local policy issues.
 
At the conclusion of the course students will be able to find, assess, and apply HTA as well as clinical epidemiology and health economics concepts to critically analyse and inform health care policy issues.

MED6263 Conducting and Publishing a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Chair Dr. Marshall Godwin 777-8373  godwinm@mun.ca
This course on conducting a systematic review and meta-analysis is designed for graduate students in health related disciplines. The student will be taken through the process of conducting a systematic review of the literature and a subsequent meta-analysis of the eligible articles.

MED6268 Patient Engagement in Health Research
Chair Dr. Holly Etchegary 864-6605    holly.etchegary@med.mun.ca 
This interactive, online graduate course explores how to partner with patients in health research and health systems decision making. Patients as research partners is a new idea for many health researchers and decision makers. In this course, case studies of patient engagement across Canada will be discussed weekly. These case studies will highlight successes, challenges, and best practices for engaging with patients as partners in health research and health systems organizations. By the end of the course, students will have developed their own patient engagement plan for a health research project or a health care quality improvement initiative.

 
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