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

Loyola University Chicago's Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Research Methods and Epidemiology (CRME) degree is a 2.5 year part-time program for clinicians and other health care professionals, based in the Chicago-land area, wanting to pursue clinical and patient-orientated research. 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 in-person 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:


  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics


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

Professional Values

  • Ethical research
  • Scientific integrity
  • Alleviating health disparities


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.

Core Courses

  • MPBH 403: Introduction to Epidemiology (classroom and online)
  • MPBH 423: Intermediate Epidemiology (classroom)
  • MPBH 409: Biostatistics I (classroom)
  • MPBH 421: Biostatistics II (classroom)
  • MPBH 431: Grant writing (classroom)
  • BEHL 405: Research Ethics (online)


  • MPBH 413: Epidemiology of Obesity (online)
  • MPBH 433: Clinical Trials (classroom)
  • MPBH 434: Systematic Review & Meta-Analysis (classroom)
  • MPBH 416: Health Services Research Methods (online)
  • MPBH 401: Environmental Health (online)
  • HIDS 401: Foundations of Health Informatics
  • HIDS 411: Clinical Data science
  • HIDS 421: Security and privacy in healthcare
  • HIDS 412: Translational bioinformatics
  • HIDS 422: Ontologies in Health Care

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.


Applicants should have either a MD or advanced degree and must submit the following:

  • A completed application form
  • 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.