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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:  

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: 
 

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: 
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 (Data analysis)

25

5

6095 (HTA)

25

5

6265 (Genetics)

10

3

6200 (Biostatistics)

25

5

6400 (seminar)

50

5

 

Organising a supervisor/Research Project and Committee and points to consider

When planning any research based graduate course, the topic and supervisor is extremely important. Good research demands a lot of those who participate and students with an interest in the subject and who have a good relationship with their supervisor/committee find the whole process much easier.

So finding an appropriate supervisor and topic is important. This is true from the perspective of the student AND the supervisor.

Student perspective: Find a compatible supervisor and a project in which you have an interest. You must have the time to complete the degree.   

Supervisor perspective: Find a compatible , competent, hard working  student,  able and willing to put in the time and effort. Obtain funding, space, resources and committee faculty with content expertise.

It is difficult for students who are not already known to the Clinical Epidemiology faculty to be taken on as M..Sc or Ph.D students. This is because the relationship between teacher and student must be based upon numerous factors which cannot be sorted at distance. This is why we recommend students from external universities apply for the diploma initially and to specify in their application that they intend to transfer once a supervisor etc. has been obtained. This allows the supervisor to assess the competence of the student, and their desire to complete a higher degree. It also allows the student to assess possible supervisors and their research areas.

Deadlines for submission of complete applications:

For enrollment in the FALL semester:

Diploma:   January 15
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.

 

Contacts within Clinical Epidemiology

Director of Clinical Epidemiology: Dr. Gerry Mugford 777- 7346 gmugford@mun.ca

Admissions Committee Chair: Dr. Kathy Hodgkinson: 777- 6819: khodgkin@mun.ca

Chair of Seminar series: Dr. Kathy Hodgkinson 777- 6819 khodgkin@mun.ca

Chair of Course 6250: Dr. Laurie Twells 777-8920 ltwells@mun.ca  

Chair of Course 6200: Dr. William Midodzi 777- 2187 William.Midodzi@med.mun.ca

Chair of Course 6262: Dr. Yildiz Yilmaz 864-8069 yyilmaz@mun.ca

Chair of Course 6255: Dr. William Midodzi 777- 2187 William.Midodzi@med.mun.ca

Chair of Course 6265: Dr. Kathy Hodgkinson 777- 6819 khodgkin@mun.ca

Chair of Course 6095: Dr. Rick Audas. 777 -7395  raudas@mun.ca

Clinical Epidemiology Participating Teaching Faculty and research interests:

 

Name

Position

Status

Clinical Specialty

Degrees held

Research interests

Rick Audas

Assistant Professor

Community Health

Cross Appointed

P/T

Community Health

PhD

Economics of health care

Brendan Barrett

Professor

P/T

Nephrology

MB,  MSc FRCPC

Clinical trials/meta analysis/ health services research/clinical epidemiology of renal disease

Mark Borgonaker

Assistant Professor

P/T

Gastroenterology

MD, MSc FRCPC

Clinical trials/meta analysis/ clinical epidemiology of gasteroenterologic disease

Joan Crane

Assistant Professor

P/T

Obstetrics and Gynecology

MD, MSc FRCPC

Clinical Trials, clinical epidemiology of obstetric issues

Bryan Curtis

Assistant Professor

P/T

Nephrology

MD MSc FRCPC

 

Mike Doyle

Clinical assistant professor in community health

Cross appointed

P/T

N/A

PhD

Applied health research and program/service delivery

Holly Etchegary

Clinical research Scientist

P/T

Social Sciences

MSc  PhD

Qualitative research methods/patient attitudes

John Fardy

Associate Professor

P/T

Gastroenterology

MD MSc FRCPC

Clinical epidemiology of inflammatory bowel disease, meta analysis

Marshall Godwin: Director:  Primary Health care research unit

Professor

Family Medicine

Cross appointed

P/T

Family Medicine

MD MSc FRCPC

Primary Care research, hypertension / care of the elderly / meta analyses

Debbie Gregory

Clinical Assistant Professoer

P/T

Nursing

MSc PhD

Clinical epidemiology, Health Service research / policy

John Harnett

Professor

P/T

Nephrology

MB BCh FRCPC

Clinical epidemiology of renal disease / ethics

Kathy Hodgkinson

Assistant Professor

F/T

Genetics

BSc MSc PhD

Genetic epidemiology of founder diseases including cardiac,  psychiatric  and hearing loss:  ethics of genetic research

Don McDonald

Vice-President NLCHI

Adjunct Professor

P/T

N/A

PhD

Observational research into population-based chronic disease and pharmcoepidemiology

William Midodzi

Assistant Professor

F/T

N/A

PhD

Statistical / analytic methodology in clinical epidemiology

Gerry Mugford

Associate Professor

Director Clinical Epidemiology

F/T

Psychology

PhD

Clinical epidemiology of infectious disease/psychotherapy and ageing

Sean Murphy

Assistant Professor

P/T

Nephrology

MD FRCPC

Clinical epidemiology of renal disease / clinical trials / analytic methods in observational studies

Patrick Parfrey

Professor

P/T

Nephrology

MD FRCPC

Clinical epidemiology of renal disease, clinical trials / genetic epidemiology / health service delivery

Proton Rahman

Associate Professor

Cross appointed

P/T

Rheumatology

MD MSc FRCPC

Genetic epidemiology, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis

Laurie Twells

Associate Professor

Joint appointed with Pharmacy

F/T

N/A

PhD

Clinical epidemiology of obesity, use of large datasets, analytic methods


Yildiz Yilmaz

Associate Professor

Cross appointed with Medicine

Joint appointed with Genetics

 

P/T

Statistics

MSc Stats

MSc Computer Engineering

PhD Stats
 

 

 
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