In addition to the MPHS core courses, our students take elective courses in a concentration track to further specialize their research methods studies.The MPHS program offers 3 concentration options. Click on a concentration to see the concentration competencies and required elective courses.

Clinical Epidemiology Concentration

The Clinical Epidemiology Concentration provides physicians with strong methodologic skills in study design and epidemiology focusing on clinical problems. Training focuses on: rigorous clinical research study designs; the role of epidemiology in disease prevention and clinical health outcomes including analysis of prevention and screening programs; evaluation of treatment and disease management programs; and the application of prediction rules.

Health Services Concentration

The Health Services Concentration provides the advanced methods training needed to evaluate and identify the most appropriate and effective approaches to clinical care, including prevention, early detection and disease management. Areas of research interest for the concentration include: cost-effectiveness analysis; decision analysis; health services research; and quality improvement.

Psychiatric & Behavioral Health Sciences Concentration

The Psychiatric & Behavioral Health Sciences Concentration provides clinician- and post-graduate researchers with strong conceptual and methodological skills required for the design, advanced analysis, and interpretation of epidemiological and treatment-effectiveness studies for psychiatric and addiction-related phenotypes. This concentration emphasizes:

  • In-depth understanding of disease phenotypes
  • Understanding pathobiology and developmental trajectories
  • Understanding the underlying biological and environmental factors and their interactions
  • Understanding the role of psychiatric and addiction illness plays  in comorbidity with other medical illnesses
  • Developing research skills in devising disease prevention and intervention programs
  • Evaluating psychiatric clinical treatment and management programs of psychopathology
  • Understanding global and regional variations in phenotypes, developmental patterns, environmental, prevention and clinical treatments