Master of Science in Public Health in Pharmacoepidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research (MSPH-PCER) 2015-16

The MSPH-PCER program is an academic research degree that is designed to provide students with special training in Epidemiology research methods as applied to Pharmacoepidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research. This MSPH track will present introductory and advanced topics relevant to the field of Pharmacoepidemiology and will include material on information sources used for research in these fields, sources of bias, study designs, analytical approaches, issues of interpretation of research results, and relevant policy and regulatory activities. All trainees will complete a final thesis defense and presentation during their last term of enrollment or graduation term, that typically will be in the form of one or more papers suitable for publication and addressing a topic in Pharmacoepidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research. A number of databases are available for trainee projects.

 Admission: The online application to the MSPH-PCER program can be submitted at International students should also submit a World Education Services (WES/ECE, or similar) transcript evaluation along with your application materials. The deadline date to apply for admission is April 1st each year. The Department of Epidemiology admits students in the Fall and Spring terms each year.

Curriculum:  A total of 43 credit hours must be earned to receive the MSPH in Pharmacoepidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research. Of these 43 total hours, 22 hours are taken to complete the Core requirement (9 semester hours of required masters level project research EPI 699 is included in the 25 core credit hours). Students then complete 10 hours of PCER Track courses, 4 hours of a required Epidemiology chronci disease or infectious disease course, and 7 hours of Track-Specific relevant electives (with the advisor's approval). During the last term of enrollment or final term of graduation, the student is required to complete his/her final thesis paper and defense presentation. The paper is expected to be of publishable quality.


2015-16 Curriculum Planning Worksheet
Coursework Fall Spring Summer Credit
MSPH Core Requirements (22 hours)        
BST 611 Intermediate Statistical Analysis I X     3
BST 612 Intermediate Statistical Analysis II   X   3
BST 613 Intermediate Statistical Analysis III X     3
EPI 610  Principles of Epidemiologic Research X     4
EPI 625 Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology   X   3
Masters Level Research Requirements (minimum of 9 hours)        
EPI 699 Masters Level Project Research X X X                  3                   
EPI 699 Masters Level Project Research X X X 3
EPI 699 Masters Level Project Research X X X 3
PCER Track Requirements (10 hours)        
EPI 626 Introduction to Data Analysis with SAS X     2
EPI 609 Pharmacoepidemiology & Comp. Effectiveness Research X     3
EPI 614 Epidemiologic Methods Applied to Comparative Effectiveness Research   X   2
GRD 717 Principles of Scientific Integrity X X   3
Required EPI Elective (4 hours) Choose from the following 2 courses: 
EPI 602 Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases X     4
EPI 605 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases   X   4
Track-Specific Relevant Electives (7 hours): Students should consult thier advisor to identify courses relevant to their needs and interests
EPI 603 Injury Epidemiologic Principles   X   3
EPI 607 Fundamentals of Clinical Research   X   3
EPI 616 Environmental Epidemiology     X 3
EPI 618 Fieldwork in Public Health     X 2
EPI 621 HIV/AIDS and STDs X     3
EPI 635 Genetics in Public Health (offered odd years)     X 2
EPI 699 Masters Project Research X X X 1-9
BST 613 Intermediate Statistical Analysis III X     3
BST 619 Data Collection and Management (offered every other year)   X   3
BST 625 Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials     X 3
BST 626 Data Management with SAS X     3
Total Credit Hours Required for Degree                         43