Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

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MD/Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE)

The MD/Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (MD/MSCE) degree program is for Perelman medical students interested in academic careers in clinical research. The goal of the program is to train individuals for successful careers as independent academic clinical investigators. The comprehensive clinical research training program consists of courses in clinical epidemiology, research methodology, and biostatistics; elective courses; extensive independent readings; attendance at research seminars at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB); and the completion of an independent research project.  Specifically, the program is designed to:

  • provide in depth knowledge of the research techniques appropriate for clinical epidemiology research
  • provide intensive, supervised research experience with mentors in clinical epidemiology, applying these techniques to issues of various medical specialties and subspecialties

By graduation, students will have obtained the following skills:

  • knowledge of elements of research design, including randomized clinical trials, cohort and case-control studies, surveys and quasi-experimental studies
  • detailed and in depth facility with one of the designs listed above, the one which will be used in the research protocol
  • knowledge of the concepts of health measurement as applied to epidemiologic research
  • ability to critically appraise the medical literature
  • in-depth familiarity with the principles of biostatistics, especially as they apply to epidemiologic and health services research
  • ability to use and interpret a variety of PC-based database management and analytic programs
  • ability to design, implement and analyze a research project

Please note that the following guidelines apply only to Perelman medical students.  If you are a medical student at another institution, you may apply for the MSCE program directly, but the admissions, curriculum, and financial information listed here will not apply. Medical students from other institutions will typically need two or more years of full-time study to complete the MSCE program.

Please note that policies concerning admissions, curriculum, funding, and financial aid are subject to change.  Additionally, though variations in the curriculum may be possible, any change will need prior approval and may have financial implications.  This website is meant to provide preliminary general overview information only.  Students interested in or enrolled in the program should seek personal advising from relevant faculty and staff.