*NEW* Online Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology
*NEW* Online Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology
A completely online delivered program on the foundational tenets of clinical epidemiology, consisting of four full-term courses. A unique option in Canada, this program offers maximum flexibility for working professionals, students or post-graduate trainees already enrolled in another program, from anywhere in the world.
About the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology (GDCE) program:
The GDCE is a novel completely online delivered course-based program by the department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, & Impact (formerly the department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics) covering core topics of clinical epidemiology. Starting in the academic year 2015-2016, four online graduate courses will be offered as one harmonized package for GDCE: Fundamentals of Health Research and Evaluation Methods (771), Introduction to Biostatistics (774), Introduction to Research Methods for Randomized Controlled Trials (772), and Systematic Review Methods (773). At GDCE completion a formal graduate diploma will be awarded to students. Costs will be approximate $3,300 CAD per course, pending final approval by McMaster University.
Note: fees are coordinated by the Student Accounts & Cashiers office: [Graduate Studies Tuition Fees]
The Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology (GDCE) builds on the strengths of the internationally respected Health Research Methods (HRM) Graduate Programs in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. Like the HRM program, the courses are taught by faculty in the Department of HE&I, a premier destination for graduate study and research in clinical epidemiology. The four online courses comprising the program are recognized as equivalent to the core HRM courses and are ideal for applicants with an interest in HRM training without the commitment of an entire MSc degree completed on site. Graduates will gain foundational knowledge in the tenets of evidence-based medicine and a skill set applicable in clinical, policy, management, and research settings. The GDCE supports the principle of "life-long" learning. The evolving knowledge requirements of the healthcare field, plus career advancement, draw people back to the classroom on an ongoing basis throughout life. However, many people are unable to pursue a full-time education due to competing for work and family commitments, as well as geographic dispersion. The online nature of the GDCE will overcome these obstacles by offering maximum flexibility for working professionals, students or post-graduate trainees already enrolled in another program, from anywhere in the world.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What is the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology (GDCE)?
GDCE is a completely on-line graduate diploma program, teaching students the most essential knowledge and skills regarding clinical epidemiology
2. What is taught in the GDCE program?
The program includes 4 consecutive courses: Fundamentals of Health Research & Evaluation Methods; Introduction to Biostatistics; Introduction to Research Methods for Randomized Controlled Trials; Systematic Review Methods
3. What are the requirements for program admission?
Completion of a four-year honours undergraduate university (Bachelor's) degree (or equivalent) and a B+ averagein the final year of undergraduate study. On a percentage scale, the B+ average equates to a 75 to 79% (8.5/12.0 on the McMaster grade point average scale) Applicants whose native language is not English must provide evidence of English proficiency. This can include an official copy of your TOEFL score or other evidence. A minimum TOEFL (iBT) score of 92 (580 on the paper-based TEOFL test, or 237 on the computer-based TOEFL test) is needed for the Faculty of Health Sciences Note that meeting the minimum admissions requirements does not guarantee admission into the GDCE. Limited space will be available in the GDCE courses and the admissions process will be competitive.
4.What is the duration of the program?
The program consists of 4 courses of each one term; 2 courses in the Fall term (Sep-Dec), 1 course in the Winter term (Jan-Apr), and 1 course in the Spring/Summer term (May-Aug). The courses are ideally taken consecutively without an intermission but can be taken over a longer term in consultation with the GDCE director. The total amount of time you will invest will be 4 terms, i.e. approximately 16 months.
5. How much time will I need to spend on studying in the GDCE program?
GDCE is a part-time program. It is estimated that students will spend around 10 hours per week on the program, although this may vary from person to person depending on factors such as your method of learning, writing skills, and English proficiency, among others. In each course, students are required to attend a weekly on-line synchronous tutorial session of 1 hour. Further activities include: preparing tutorials, reading recommended literature, participating in on-line discussions, performing assignments and writing research proposals.
6. What are the costs of the program?
The tuition fee for each course is approximately 3,300 CAD in addition to supplemental fees charged per course (2016-17 amount $60.90). Students should refer to the Office of Student Accounts and Cashiers (//www.mcmaster.ca/bms/student/SAC_fees_grad.html) for official fees. Students will be assessed tuition and supplemental fees. Note: students who fail to register on time may be assessed late fees in addition to the individual course fee.
7. What is the difference between GDCE and the Health Research Methodology (HRM) program?
In short, GDCE teaches the core aspects of the HRM program, without requirements for elective courses or thesis. HRM provides a broader perspective on health research and more emphasis on research experience, preparing students to become independent researchers. HRM is a full-time or part-time on-campus program with strict requirements for timelines, resulting in a Master's Degree (MSc). GDCE is a part-time on-line program, which is more flexible, resulting in a Graduate Diploma.
8. What does the GDCE diploma add with respect to professional prospects?
Students will obtain core knowledge and skills in clinical epidemiology, which includes an understanding of health research study designs, an ability to critically appraise the health research literature, comprehension of the basics of biostatistics, and the ability to apply evidence synthesis methods for health research. Students will obtain a skill set that is readily applicable to clinical or health policy settings.
Program of Study:
HRM 771: Fundamentals of Health Research and Evaluation Methods (Online)
HRM 772: Introduction to Research Methods for Randomized Controlled Trials (Online)
HRM 773: Systematic Review Methods (Online)
HRM 774: Introduction to Biostatistics (Online)
Note: Check with the institution regarding start/end dates, prices, and delivery method. These may vary according to the program, section, and/or semester.