Master of Science in Public Health Sciences for Clinical Professionals (MSCP)

Masters program for clinical professionals (MSCP)
The Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Chicago offers a course of study in the theory, methods, and concepts of biostatistics, epidemiology, and health services research needed to design and carry out clinical and epidemiologic research programs. It is designed for the professional enhancement of individuals who already have doctoral-level expertise in Medicine and related clinical disciplines. The curriculum leads to the degree of Master of Science (M.S.). The program can be completed in one year of full-time study, or it can be undertaken in conjunction with a clinical fellowship or training program, in which case the course swork may be distributed over a longer period.

Students in the program acquire skills with basic statistical methods, followed by additional training in the fundamental theory and methods of epidemiology, biostatistics, and health services research. Through choice from a broad range of elective courses, students can specialize in one of the three disciplinary areas.

Admissions requirements
Applicants should either have a doctoral-level clinical degree (such as M.D., D.O., or nursing Ph.D.) from an accredited institution, or must have completed pre-clinical training at an accredited medical school. In the latter case, the candidate must provide a plan for completion of both the M.D. and M.S. degrees, and a letter of support from the candidates medical school. The degree program may be pursued while the candidate will be participating in a clinical training or fellowship program. In this case, the candidate should ensure that the time commitments of the two programs can both be met. Candidates must also submit a statement describing how the proposed course of study will enhance their professional objectives.

Applications should be received by December1 for entrance into the program in July and should consist of the items listed below. If applying after this deadline, please contact Michele Thompson, Graduate Student Affairs Administrator.

1. BSD application (including three letters of recommendation). How to apply.
2. Sealed official transcript(s)
3. MCAT or GRE scores
4. CV
5. A career statement detailing how this program will support the candidates career goals

Program requirements
A candidate in this program for the degree of Master of Science in Public Health Sciences must (a) satisfy the divisional requirements for the degree, (b) complete the following courses:

PBHS 30700 - Clinical Epidemiology
PBHS 30910 - Epidemiology and Population Health
PBHS 32100 - Introduction to Biostatistics [Statistics 220 or equivalent can be substituted for this course]
PBHS 32400 - Applied Regression Analysis
PBHS 31001 - Epidemiologic Methods
PBHS 35100 - Health Services Research Methods
PBHS 35411 - The U.S. Healthcare System

(c) complete at least one of the following courses:
PBHS 32600 - Categorical Data Analysis
PBHS 32700 - Biostatistical Methods
PBHS 33300 - Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis,

(d) complete a total of nine courses in the University (six required courses listed above plus three electives approved in advance by the MSCP Program Director), and (e) complete a Masters paper, which must be approved by two faculty readers who will be appointed by the MSCP Program Director. (Masters Paper Guidelines)

*It is expected that the degree will be completed no later than one year after the student has successfully finished the coursework.

**Note additionally that the Division of Biological Sciences requires a minimum grade of B in all required courses, as well as an overall minimum average grade of B. Students receiving less than a B in a required course will be placed on academic probation and will be required to retake the course. They will remain on probation until a grade of B or higher is received in the course. If while on probation, a student received less than a B in another required course, the student will be terminated from the program.

MSCP: Concentration in Health Economics
The health economics concentration is intended to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the financing and organization of health care. The emphasis of the concentration is the methodology of health economics including theoretical models of patient, physician and health care organization behavior and the empirical examination of model predictions. The concentration requires the completion of 10 courses. This includes four courses in addition to the completion of the M.S. in Public Health Sciences core requirements (6 courses). This is one course more than the usual 9 course requirement for the degree. Students who have already completed a graduate level course in intermediate microeconomics could complete the Concentration in Health Economics with 9 courses.

Course requirements described here.

Program recommendations
In the autumn quarter of each academic year, a series of lectures are presented on human subject protection and ethical conduct of research. These lectures are required for all NIH research program participants. We strongly encourage MSCP students to attend these lectures.

The Department of Public Health Sciences offers a weekly, 90-minute workshop/seminar series in the autumn, winter, and spring quarters. Seminars focus on topics in biostatistics, epidemiology, health services research, economics, public policy, and sociology. The current seminar schedule can be found at the department website (http://health.bsd.uchicago/edu). We recommend that MSCP students attend seminars which complement their MSCP curriculum and interests.

Application Process
How to apply

Program contacts
Diane Lauderdale, Ph.D., MSCP Program Director, 773-834-0913

Michele Thompson, Graduate Student Affairs Administrator, 773-834-1836