Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI-CER)

The Master of Science in Clinical Investigation with a concentration in Comparative Effectiveness Research (MSCI-CER) is designed for individuals who possess little to no formal training in clinical research who wish to acquire the skills needed to become an independent researcher in the field of Comparative Effectiveness Research. The master’s is earned after completion of a 14-month program, which includes participation in semester-long research methods courses in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 and in the 2018 CERT Summer Institute.

The following summarizes expectations of MSCI-CER students:

  • Students must ensure 50 percent protected time for fall and the spring semester-long courses and 100 percent for the CERT Summer Institute
  • Students meet regularly with faculty mentors who monitor their progress towards research goals
  • Each student submits at least one manuscript and one abstract by graduation
  • Each student presents his/her research at an NYU Department of Population Health Seminar

MSCI-CER students take the following foundational research methods courses in Fall/Spring Semesters:

  • Clinical research methods
  • Introduction to biostatistics (part I)
  • Advanced epidemiology
  • Biomedical informatics
  • Developing new drugs
  • Advanced biostatistical analysis (Part II)
  • Clinical trials design
  • Health service research
  • Grant writing/NIH scientific integrity and responsible conduct in research
  • Independent mentored research

MSCI-CER students complete the CERT Summer Institute. The CERT Summer Institute trains students in key Comparative Effectiveness Research methods:

  • Meta-analysis and systematic review
  • Decision analysis and comparative effectiveness
  • Cost effectiveness research
  • Advanced methods in observational data analysis
  • Decision aids and clinical decision supports

Click here for detailed course descriptions.