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Clinical Epidemiology

This track focuses on the use of rigorous epidemiologic methods as applied to clinical and translational research.


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Clinical and translational research encompasses a broad area of investigations, includes: 1) patient-oriented research, 2) epidemiology and behavioral studies and 3) outcomes research and health services research. The track is geared toward clinicians who wish to acquire strong methodologic skills in study design as well as non-clinicians who seek to apply strong epidemiologic methods to clinical problems. The presence of both clinicians and non-clinicians in virtually all of the teaching activities creates a highly stimulating and effective educational setting. 

Teaching and Program Activities

The track offers both masters and doctoral degrees and is closely linked to the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, a teaching and research center that bridges both the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the School of Medicine. Program activities are enhanced by the close collaborative relationships between clinical departments of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Students engage in coursework and research applicable to the entire continuum of clinical epidemiology – prevention and screening, diagnosis, treatment, disease management, and prognostication. Prior students, for example, have engaged in natural history studies, cohort studies, translational research studies, clinical trials, and meta-analyses. Special emphasis is placed on the application of innovative and rigorous methods, and on the role of epidemiology in understanding risk factors for disease and developing and implementing prevention strategies. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to, kidney disease, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, mental health, substance abuse, cancer, primary care, pediatrics, behavioral modification, and nutrition, among others.


In the first year, students devote their time to required coursework, identifying a research mentor and project, and completing the comprehensive examination. Students are required to attend a Developing Research Skills &Research in Progress seminar (focused on generating their research question and hypothesis), Welch Center Research Seminar (Journal Club) and Clinical Research Grand Rounds to strengthen their general knowledge and application of clinical epidemiology methods. Students may participate in ongoing interest group meetings of faculty and other trainees in a number of areas (Diabetes and Obesity, Kidney Disease Epidemiology, Primary Care and Mental Health). Training grant opportunities are available in several disease areas as well as primary care.