Master’s in Epidemiology Intensive Program for Clinicians
The Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health at McGill University offers a one year (3 semesters) Master’s degree with thesis for clinicians (medicine, surgery, nursing, social work, physical and occupational therapy) who have completed the majority of their clinical or post-graduate training.
|Fundamentals of Epidemiology
Foundations of Population Health
Critical Appraisal in Epidemiology
Introduction to Statistical Software
Basics of Measurement in Epidemiology
Data Analysis in Health Sciences
Students exempted from any of the courses listed above must replace them with additional Complementary Course credits.
Two credits of course work, at the 500-level or higher, chosen in consultation with the student's academic advisor or supervisor.
For students admitted to the intensive M.Sc. for clinicians option, it is strongly recommended that students take EPIB 619 Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis (2 credits) given in the Summer Program. This course, in addition to the required courses, will provide the full 24 course credits required for the M.Sc. degree.
Students in the thesis program complete 24 credits of coursework and submit a thesis (24 credits). A thesis for the Master's degree must show familiarity with previous work in the field and must demonstrate ability to carry out research and to organize results. The thesis must be expressed in good literate style. An exhaustive review of work in the particular field of study is not necessarily required, nor is original scholarship necessarily expected. As an alternative to the traditional thesis format, the thesis can consist of one or more papers of which the student is an author or co-author. If this option is chosen, all components must be integrated into a cohesive unit with a logical progression from one chapter to the next; connecting text that provides logical bridges preceding and following each manuscript is mandatory.
Students admitted to the intensive program will have identified a departmental supervisor or co-supervisor as well as a thesis topic at the time of application. If a supervisor is identified who is outside the department, a department-based co-supervisor is required.
The proposed thesis must use data already collected to allow for the completion of all the requirements for the M.Sc. by the end of August of the year after admission to the program.
Completed progress and tracking forms are required to demonstrate satisfactory progress in the M.Sc. program (see website for details: www.mcgill.ca/epi-biostat-occh/grad/progresstracking).
M.Sc. theses involving human participants, animal subjects, microorganisms, living cells, biohazards, and/or radioactive materials, must include the appropriate compliance certification. Supervisors may add students directly to their existing approved IRB protocols. IRB approval (or a waiver from a McGill IRB committee) is required for graduation.
It is expected that successful applicants will not be required to have any clinical duties during the 12 month period of study in order to have sufficient time to complete the program requirements.
Applicants to the intensive M.Sc. for clinicians option are required to contact Dr. Pierre Ernst (pierre [dot] ernst [at] mcgill [dot] ca (by email) or 514 340-8222 ext 3636) for further information and to assure that the planned research program meets all requirements of the M.Sc. thesis program.
A public presentation of the M.Sc. thesis work (at a scientific conference or at a seminar at McGill or elsewhere) is strongly recommended for all M.Sc. thesis students.
Admission Requirements for the M.Sc. Intensive Program for Clinicians
All admission requirements for the regular program must be met (see www.mcgill.ca/epi-biostat-occh/grad/epidemiology/applying for details).
Applicants must also:
- Have identified a supervisor or co-supervisor in the department.
- Have identified a thesis topic as a condition for admission.
- Provide a brief outline of the research question.
- Provide a letter from their proposed supervisor confirming access to the dataset.
- Provide a letter from their Clinical Program Director confirming they will be free of clinical duties for the duration of the program.