Clinical Epidemiology, MSCE

The MSCE is an intensive program for accomplished medical professionals who seek to further their skills as academic investigators. Applicants who possess an advanced degree in medicine, nursing or another health field learn to design controlled epidemiological studies and acquire biostatistical skills that relate directly to their research interests. With close guidance from a primary mentor and a mentorship team, students will gain the ability to hone precise research questions and pursue reliable, complex answers.


The MSCE degree is comprised of 14 course units consisting of required core courses, electives, and mentored thesis credits. MSCE students generally register for two course units per term. It is expected that all students receive a B- or better in each of the courses being applied to the MSCE degree.

Core Requirements
EPID 5100Introductory Epidemiology1
EPID 5260ABiostatistics for Epidemiologic Methods I0.5
EPID 5260BBiostatistics for Epidemiologic Methods I0.5
EPID 5270ABiostatistics for Epidemiologic Methods II0.5
EPID 5270BBiostatistics for Epidemiologic Methods II0.5
EPID 5360Data Management and Visualization I0.5
EPID 5370Data Management and Visualization II0.5
EPID 5420Measurement of Health in Epidemiology0.5
EPID 5460Clinical Database Research Methodology0.5
EPID 5600Issues in Research Protocol Development0.25
EPID 5700Critical Appraisal of the Medical Literature0.25
EPID 6400Advanced Topics in Epidemiology1
EPID 6100Tutorial in Epidemiologic Research1
Elective Requirements 14
Select a minimum of two course units of electives
Master's Thesis 12.5-4.5
Master's Thesis (Thesis I)
Master's Thesis (Thesis II)
Master's Thesis (Thesis III)
Master's Thesis (Thesis IV)
Master's Thesis (Thesis V)
Exam/Thesis Completion
MSCE Comprehensive Examination Passed
Final Thesis Approval
Non-Academic Requirements
HIPAA Training
CITI Training
CCEB Seminars (25)
Bioethics/RCR Training
IRB Approval and/or Exemption
Total Course Units14

Additional electives may be taken in place of two thesis credits, provided the student's thesis is progressing on schedule and their mentor has approved of the plan. All students are required to complete a minimum of two and a half course units of EPID 9900.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.