Clinical Epidemiology Concentration
The Clinical Epidemiology concentration provides clinicians with strong methodologic skills in study design and epidemiology focusing on clinical problems. Training focuses on rigorous clinical research study designs, the role of epidemiology in disease prevention and clinical health outcomes including analysis of prevention and screening programs, and evaluation of treatment and disease management programs, and the application of prediction rules.
To obtain the Clinical Epidemiology concentration, an MPHS student must take the following courses:
- Randomized Controlled Trials (M19-550)
- Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis (M19-551)
- 9 additional credits of elective courses with approval from the program director
The competencies to be demonstrated at the end of the program expand on the overall MPHS and include:
- Achieve competency in designing observational studies, intervention studies and randomized controlled trials to address a clinical population health issue.
- Identify appropriate data sources for exploring a clinical research question and conduct relevant secondary analyses.
- Draw inferences from epidemiologic data to guide practice guidelines.
- Evaluate quality and comparability of epidemiologic data.
- Articulate considerations for data monitoring, safety and reporting in clinical research studies.
- Evaluate the utility and limitations of biomarkers in clinical practice.
- Synthesize existing evidence for screening, diagnosis and management of disease.
- Analyze and develop studies that compare the benefits, harms and effectiveness of treatment options.