Graduate School of Medical Sciences
A partnership with the Sloan Kettering Institute

Clinical Epidemiology & Health Services Research


The Master of Science Program in Clinical Epidemiology & Health Services Research program is designed for those who wish to plan, implement and analyze quantitative and qualitative research studies using appropriate research designs.

The core of the curriculum includes research methodology, biostatistical techniques, data management, decision analysis, health economics and program evaluation. Graduates of the program are prepared to pursue academic careers in a variety of settings where data is required to answer complex questions. The emphasis is on training clinician researchers to teach research methods, conduct methodologically rigorous and scientifically sound studies, evaluate programs and perform cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit studies in a variety of populations.

The goal of the Global Health Track within the program is to train a cadre of health care leaders who will direct clinical and public health programs in developing countries, conduct research to improve health of the resource-poor and teach the next generation of health care workers in developing countries. Physicians from resource-poor countries and other experienced health professionals can attend didactic training in New York during intensive blocks, and then return to their home countries in the interim periods to conduct mentored thesis research and continue their clinical and teaching responsibilities. Currently, there are students enrolled from Tanzania, Haiti and Brazil.

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Overview of Courses


  • Behavioral Science and Health Education Theory
  • Communicating Research Results
  • Decision Analysis
  • Foundations of Health Services Research
  • Fundamentals of Clinical Epidemiology and Research Methodology
  • Introduction to Biostatistics
  • Measuring Psychosocial and Clinical Constructs
  • Practical Applications and Computer Lab
  • Qualitative Research Methods


  • Advanced Seminar in Health Services Research
  • Biostatistical Data Analysis I
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Health Care in the U.S.: Policy and Politics
  • Improving Quality and Safety
  • Information Skills
  • Public Datasets for Health Services Research
  • Research Ethics
  • Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Thesis Preparation



  • Advanced Health Survey Design
  • Biostatistical Data Analysis II
  • Changing Health Policy
  • Cluster Randomized Trials
  • Economic Evaluation in Health Care
  • Grant Writing
  • Introduction to Hierarchical Models
  • Multicultural Approaches to Community Health and Disease Prevention
  • Structural Equation Modeling
  • Teaching How to Teach


David Rogers Health Policy Colloquium

The objective of this seminar is to provide broad exposure to the cultural, social, political and economic issues shaping health policy. Weekly sessions with ample time for discussion are held with speakers from local, state and national government, private industry and foundation executives, health policy think-tank analysts, academics, and consumer and community interest groups.


Health Disparities: Challenges and Opportunities

This conference, organized by Dr. Boutin-Foster and Dr. Carlyle Miller, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Equal Opportunity Programs, will draw a distinguished group of visiting professors to share their research and policy initiatives.


Health Services Research Journal Club

This weekly journal club is led by students and focuses on improving quality of care, improving safety and reducing medical errors. Each week the students lead a discussion on recent literature on methods to improve safety and quality, including approaches to patient centered care. The sessions will provide the chance to review and debate results in recent literature.


Research Methodology Conference

The objective of this conference is to focus on challenges in research methodology and to address issues that have arisen in the design and conduct of studies. The conference operates as a "think tank" on issues, and includes a full meeting of an interdisciplinary group consisting of clinical epidemiologists, biostatisticians, behavioral scientists, health services researchers, medical informatics experts and cooperating investigators. The group meets on a bi-weekly basis. This conference has been approved for Continuing Medical Education accreditation.


Weill Cornell Ethics Course

This course is required for all MS students at Weill Cornell and is Internet based. The objective of this course is to convey the critical issues in the ethical conduct of research. It focuses on informed consent, preserving confidentiality, data management, misconduct, human subjects and animal subjects. Students are introduced to basic issues in credit and responsibility in science including criteria for authorship, conflict of interest, accountability of authors and reviewers, and data integrity.

Program Requirements

Students entering the program must have an MD degree, RN certificate or a graduate degree in a clinical health related field with three years of work experience. Typically, physicians will have completed residency programs and nurses will have had several years of work experience prior to enrollment.


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Division of Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluative Sciences Research
Mary E. Charlson, MD, Director
1300 York Avenue, Box #46
New York, NY 10065
Tel: (646) 962-5050
Fax: (646) 962-0620