Director: Lawrence Appel, MD, MPH
Co-Directors: Rosa Crum, MD, MHS
This training program focuses on the use of strong epidemiologic methods in clinical and translational research and practice. Clinical research includes: 1) patient-oriented research, 2) epidemiology and behavioral studies and 3) outcomes research and health services research. For example, students and their advisors have engaged in epidemiologic and natural history studies, translational research and clinical trials. Program activities are enhanced by the close collaborative relationships between clinical departments of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Department of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health.
The Clinical Epidemiology concentration is multidisciplinary: geared toward clinicians who seek to acquire strong methodologic skills in study design and epidemiology and non-clinicians who seek to apply strong epidemiologic knowledge and skills to clinical problems in their careers. Special emphasis is placed on the application of innovative and rigorous clinical research study designs, and on the role of epidemiology in disease prevention and health promotion. Students engage in coursework and research applicable to clinical epidemiology, including prevention and screening, diagnosis, treatment, disease management, and prognostication. The program offers both master's and doctoral degrees. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to kidney disease, heart disease and hypertension, diabetes, obesity, other endocrine disorders, mental health including substance abuse, gastrointestinal disease, cancer, lung disease, primary care, pediatrics, nutrition and others. There are 21 students currently enrolled in the Clinical Epidemiology program.
As students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Welch Center trainees undertake a rigorous curriculum that forms the basis of their research methodology. Students take a one-year sequence of epidemiology (340.601-604) to learn about study designs and analytical methods. Complementing this is a year-long biostatistics sequence (140.621-624 or 140.651-654 series). In addition, courses on clinical epidemiology and research ethics are also required. Although each training program has its own course requirements, these core classes remain common to all students.
In addition to the basic core curriculum coursework students in the clinical epidemiology track must also take recommended courses and electives in clinical trials, cardiovascular disease epidemiology, genetic epidemiology, and advanced biostatistical methods.
All students (doctoral and master's candidates alike) take a two-part comprehensive exam on the core epidemiology and biostatistics class material at the end of the first year. Masters students (MHS, ScM) then concentrate on their theses for their second year while doctoral students traditionally take grant writing and begin to generate ideas for their dissertations. Both the Master of Health Science (MHS) and Master of Science (ScM) degree programs have the same core requirements and electives, with the ScM having slightly more rigorous thesis requirements. Both programs take two years to complete. PhD students engage in in-depth coursework and a dissertation involving original data collection. First-year students focus on learning via classes, seminars, journal clubs, and Grand Rounds. Faculty mentors from the Welch Center serve as resources for students with clinical epidemiology interests. With many Welch Center studies (ARIC, CHOICE, CRIC etc) underway, students have access to data for their thesis work and access to a wide variety of expertise to accommodate a broad range of interests. In their second or third year, doctoral students will take their departmental oral exams. There is also a school-wide Preliminary Exam taken within the first three years.
For more information, contact Fran Burman, academic coordinator for the Department of Epidemiology, or
See the department's "Degree Programs" and "Areas of Concentration" web pages.