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Master of Science in Epidemiology and Clinical Research – Clinical Research Track

The Clinical Research Track, of the Master of Science in Epidemiology and Clinical Research, is designed specifically to meet the needs of the clinicians and scientists by providing a combination of course work and research experiences needed for a successful career in clinical investigation. The curriculum provides students with a thorough understanding of clinical research methodology, biostatistics, and research ethics and will provide participants with the necessary skills to conduct independent clinical research, to teach, and to mentor others.

Graduates will gain the ability to:

  • Identify important research questions
  • Design and conduct a study that minimizes bias and confounding
  • Develop research protocols
  • Access and critically appraise research literature 
  • Use appropropriate quantitative methods 
  • Compute sample size and power to test hypotheses
  • Effectively collect and maintain study data
  • Evaluate and communicate study findings to scientific and lay audiences
  • Write a research grant proposal that will successfully compete for funding
  • Respect and protect the rights and welfare of individuals participating in research

The program will prepare students to be competitive in seeking external support and be knowledgeable in the complex issues associated with conducting sound clinical research. A total of 30 credits is required for the degree, which can be completed on a part-time basis within two years. Students may select from multiple concentration areas:

  • Epidemiologic Research
  • Patient-Oriented Research
  • Human Genetics
  • Outcomes/Health Services Research
  • Research Ethics

Mentored Research Project

The completion of a research project in the student's area of research interest is one unique aspect of the program. The purpose of requiring this project is to provide the student with a comprehensive awareness of the research experience from the formulation of the research question to the design and conduct of the research protocol, to the analysis and presentation of the findings of the study, to finally the publication of the research results.

Students can fulfill this requirement through a Master's thesis (PREV 799) or a two-semester course, Research Practicum (PREV 747 & 748). Both mentors and students will participate in a formal mentoring program to optimize the mentor-mentee relationship. It is expected that, for most students, the mentoring and training activities invested in the master's thesis ultimately will result in a funded research project.

Course Requirements

Core Courses (17-19 credits)

  • PREV 600 Principles of Epidemiology (Credits: 3)
  • PREV 616 Introduction to Clinical and Translational Research at UMB (Credits: 2)
  • PREV 619 Biostatistical Computing (Credits: 1)
  • PREV 620 Principles of Biostatistics (Credits: 3)
  • PREV 720 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (Credits: 3)
  • PREV 633 Application of Legal and Regulatory Issues in Clinical Research (Credits: 2)
  • CIPP 907/CIPP 909 Responsible Conduct of Research (or equivalent) (Credits: 1)
  • PREV 710 Clinical and Translational Research Project Design and Implementation (Credits: 2)


Concentration Courses (6-8 credits)

Concentrations are not required; however, they provide a focus on specific clinical research methods. Other graduate school courses may be taken.

Epidemiologic Research

Concentration Coursework (6 credits)

  • PREV 659 Observational Studies in Epidemiology (Credits 3)
  • PREV 803 Clinical Trials and Experimental Epidemiology (Credits 3)

Patient Oriented Research

Concentration coursework (6 credits)

  • PHAR 600 Principles of Drug Discovery (Credits 3)
  • PREV 803 Clinical Trials and Experimental Epidemiology (Credits 3)

Human Genetics

Concentration Coursework (7 credits)

  • HGEN 601 Human Genetics I (Credits 4)
  • PREV 711 Genetic Epidemiology (Credits 3)

Outcomes/Health Services Research

Concentration Coursework (6 credits)

  • PREV 648 Health Care Administration and Evaluation (Credits 3)
  • PREV 758 Health Survey Research Methods (Credits 3)

Research Ethics Concentration

Concentration Coursework (6 credits)

  • PREV 637 Ethical Issues in Clinical Research (Credits 3)
  • PREV 638 Ethical Issues in International Health (Credits 3)

Remaining Coursework (9-11 credits)

  • PREV 747/748 Research Practicum I and II OR PREV 799 Masters Thesis (5-6 credits)
  • Electives to total to 30 credits (4-5 credits)

Admission Requirements

Applicants complete the University of Maryland's graduate school application (GRAD-GPLS-EPCR-MS) for admission.

Due dates for the Master's of Science applications:

  • March 1, 2023 (early admission deadline)
  • May 15, 2023 (final deadline)

More information on the graduate admissions process can be found on the Graduate School website.

Physicians or other health professionals may substitute MCAT (or equivalent) scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) requirement.

Only six credits of coursework may be taken as a coursework-only student prior to applying as a Master's degree student.

For more information about admissions:

For More Information

Please feel free to contact the Director of this track if you have questions:

Jennifer S. Albrecht, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Public Health

Director, Clinical Research Education Programs