Comparative Effectiveness and Implementation Research Training Master of Science in Clinical Investigation

The master of science in clinical investigation with a concentration in comparative effectiveness and implementation research (MSCI-CEIR) 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 and implementation science research. The master’s is earned after completion of an 18-month program.

The following summarizes expectations of MSCI-CEIR students:

  • Students must ensure 50 percent protected time for fall and the spring semester-long courses and the 6-week fall courses. The early summer week long intensive courses require 100 percent protected time.
  • 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 a Department of Population Health Using Modeling to inform Public Health Seminar

MSCI-CEIR 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/National Institutes of Health scientific integrity and responsible conduct in research
  • Independent mentored research

MSCI-CEIR students complete the following intensive courses in comparative effectiveness and implementation science to finish their degree:

  • Meta-analysis and systematic review
  • Economic evaluation in health and medicine
  • Advanced methods in observational data analysis
  • Health communications strategies
  • Introduction to dissemination and implementation science