The Clinical & Population Health Research program has a coherent core curriculum based on appropriate statistical, epidemiologic, and research methods, as well as an understanding of the contextual issues of health and health care. In addition, there are required courses on research ethics and scientific writing, and a dissertation seminar. A series of three research rotations are required during the first year and the summer between the first and second year, culminating in selection of a research placement for writing a qualifying paper, and then a dissertation proposal. Students will then complete their dissertation research with their selected mentor.
In addition to the core curriculum and research rotations, the program requires three electives, chosen from among a wide array of special topics, tutorials, or with approval, from the Masters in Public Health program or other Worcester-area colleges. Other requirements include participation in monthly Research Seminars and monthly Faculty and Student Teas that highlight the current research of CPHR faculty and students.