Master in public health: comparative effectiveness in research (2nd year)

Language(s) of instruction: English

Length of study: 1 year, full time (course October to December; first exam session in January; internship January to July; second exam session if needed in July or September)

Course Location: Université Paris Cité, France

Degrees awarded: Master in Public Health – Comparative Effectiveness in Research

Entry Requirements:

  • Hold a Master’s degree or first year Master’s degree (M1, MSc) in epidemiology, biostatistics, public health, mathematics or related fields or successful completion of 4 years of study in epidemiology, biostatistics, public health, mathematics or related fields
  • Proficiency in English language

Language pre-requisites: Proficiency in English language, e.g. TOEFL test results. If your studies were in English, ask your university for a certificate stating so. (No proficiency in French needed as the entire course is in English.)

Course overview

This is a unique opportunity for students to get a specialised second-year Master’s in Comparative Effectiveness Research, a first of its kind in Europe, offered by top-level professors coming from the Amsterdam University, the Danube University, the Ioannina University, the Oxford University, the University of Paris, the Queen’s University Belfast, the Utrecht University, and the York University. This second-year Master’s of Science in Public Health is delivered in English and aims at international students who want to acquire interdisciplinary skills to evolve in the field of Comparative Effectiveness Research. The programme is limited to 30 students, a small group size that will allow professors to use highly interactive and innovative teaching methods including work in small groups. The goal of the programme is to acquire strong skills in methods, epidemiology, and biostatistics.

Skills and competencies developed

Acquire the methodological bases required for activities in public health, and master the public health concepts and methods enabling to apply them to:

  • Therapeutic assessment and comparative assessment of research in the diagnostic, therapeutic, prognostic, and preventive fields,
  • The development of health information systems,
  • The context of healthcare in the diagnostic, therapeutic, prognostic, and preventive fields,
  • The context of the assessment and management of risks – including professional and environmental risks,
  • The context of health safety and healthcare quality.

After completing the Master’s degree, students should be able to get involved in research projects or be active in protecting, promoting, or restoring public health.

The Master’s aims at providing students with:

  • Theoretical background related to subjects that contribute to the collective approach of health events, such as general biostatistics, clinical epidemiology, modelling, biomedical computing, epidemiology, clinical research, risk assessment, …
  • Extended CER-specific methodological knowledge,
  • Practical experience within a research or professional environment. Students should be able to apply the acquired methodological knowledge through their personal work (writing of a thesis and thesis defense) during their 6-month internship.

The admissions procedures may differ according to your status.

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Ms. Léa Sicard, Administrative and pedagogical coordinator