Clinical epidemiology involves the application of epidemiologic principles and methods to inform clinical practice. The master of science (MSc) program in clinical epidemiology aims to provide clinicians with the competencies to conceptualize, design, conduct, and analyze epidemiological and health services research and to translate and apply this knowledge to clinical practice. Eligible applicants must hold a medical or allied health professional degree.
The overall aim is to improve the health of individuals and populations through the conduct and promotion of high quality interdisciplinary research.
Working as a clinical epidemiologist
Clinical epidemiologists collaborate with a wide range of professional disciplines to enhance programs to prevent disease, assist in the development and application of patient decision aids, to improve the quality of health care, to evaluate clinical and health service interventions, to improve public health, to evaluate community health programs, to promote health and to inform health policy decisions.
Graduates of this program may find employment in a wide variety of organizations and settings including health care organizations, private industry, government and non-profit organizations where they are involved in clinical and public health practice, education, research and policy development and analysis.
These courses are required in order to complete this program.
SPH 555 - Foundations of Public Health Research (*3)
SPH 596 - Epidemiology Methods I (*3)
These courses are required for this specialization.
SPH 519 - Biostatistics 1 (*3)
SPH 619 - Biostatistics II (*3)
SPH 696 - Epidemiology Methods II (*3)
Students are required to complete 3* of graduate level coursework as approved by their supervisor.
Students will successfully complete and defend a thesis on a research topic in the program area, defined in consultation with the student’s supervisory committee. The scope and quality of the thesis should normally be appropriate to form the basis for a refereed journal publication.
As you prepare to defend your thesis, in the Final Oral Examination, you will want to become familiar with the Master's Final Oral Exam Procedure.
Students are required to present the results of their thesis at a student seminar prior to the Final Oral Examination.
The minimum period of residence is one academic year of full-time registration at the University of Alberta.
Length of Program
The time required to complete the program will vary according to the previous training of the applicant and the nature of the research undertaken. The maximum time permitted for completion of the program is four years (full or part time) from the date of first registration.