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MS in Clinical Research Methods and Epidemiology

Design and implement your own health care clinical studies to improve patient care.

The Loyola Master's of Science in Clinical Research Methods and Epidemiology (CRME) degree is a two-year program for clinicians and other health care professionals employed at Loyola. With the guidance of a research mentor, you will create your own research proposal and project. The flexible learning environment in this clinical research master's program combines classroom instruction with one-on-one mentoring to give you the skills to design and implement clinical studies and obtain independent funding. 

Our commitment to you

Graduates of Loyola's MS in Clinical Research Methods and Epidemiology will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values to reach their full potential as a clinical researcher:

Knowledge

  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics

Skills

  • Grant writing
  • Research proposals/projects
  • Obtain independent funding
  • Design and implement clinical research studies

Professional Values

  • Ethical research
  • Scientific integrity
  • Alleviating health disparities

Curriculum

A total of 30 credit hours are required to complete the degree. Students must complete six core courses (18 credit hours) and three elective courses (9 credit hours). All students must also complete a research project (3 credit hours) as part of their degree.

Courses are offered both on campus and online.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses

  • Epidemiology I (classroom) or Introduction to Epidemiology (online)
  • Intermediate Epidemiology (classroom)
  • Biostatistics I (classroom)
  • Biostatistics II (classroom)
  • Grant writing (classroom)
  • Research Ethics BEHP 405 (online)

Electives

  • Epidemiology of Obesity (online)
  • Clinical Trials (classroom)
  • Meta-Analysis (classroom)
  • Health Services and Policy Research Methods I (online)
  • Environmental Health (online)

Research Project

All students must demonstrate integration of knowledge gained through the program by presenting a research project (either a completed research project or research proposal) to the Master of Science in Clinical Research Methods Program Curriculum Committee. This research project or proposal will incorporate the skills and concepts obtained from the coursework. Students will have up to three years after enrolling in the program to complete the research project and obtain the degree.

Admission

Applicants must be employed by Loyola University Chicago and have an advanced degree.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Transcript

Tuition and Fees

The School of Health Sciences and Public Health and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their education at Loyola affordable.