2009-10 Master's Program Demographics

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2009-10 Master's Program Demographics

  Enrollment increases to 49 students in the
MS in Clinical Research and MPH Programs  

The 2009-2010 Master in Clinical Research program begins the academic year with 24 new and returning students, 83 percent of whom are clinicians representing various departments and divisions within the School of Medicine.  There are 13 new students coming into the program this year, representing a 40% increase from last year.  This is a testament to the growing demand for training in clinical investigation and translational research.  Many of the current students are clinical fellows who use the MS-CR program as an opportunity to gain clinical research skills in anticipation of submitting an NIH mentored "K" awards, thus paving the way for a career in patient-oriented research.

The Master of Public Health program has 25 students matriculating this fall, including six MD-MPH students. Of the 15 new students, eight are in dual degree programs including one student entering the dual MBA-MPH program and one in the JD-MPH program.  Over the summer, MPH students worked on a wide variety of community projects, in locations ranging from Washington DC to Southwest Virginia to Tanzania, and with such organizations as the Pan American Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Thomas Jefferson Health District, and a free clinic in rural Virginia.  Of the current class of MPH students, 58% are currently in dual-degree programs or already hold another professional degree.  Sixty-seven percent of students are women and 17% identify as under-represented minorities.

Program Descriptions

The Master of Science Program in Clinical Research (MS-CR) provides training to health and medical professionals who desire and need quantitative and analytic skills in patient-oriented and translational research, as well as more traditional clinical investigation.  Using an interdisciplinary blend of biostatistics, epidemiology, clinical trial design, medical informatics, and health services research, the MS-CR program equips clinical researchers with the statistical and data management tools needed to conduct translational clinical and comparative effectiveness studies in medical care.  Students complete a minimum 31-credit curriculum that includes core courses, specialized coursework, and a final supervised research project, co-mentored by a PHS faculty member and the student's research advisor.  Since its inception in 1997, the MS-CR program has graduated over 150 students, most of whom were physicians in training.  MS-CR students have gone on to become successful independent clinical investigators and have attained leadership roles in academic institutions.

The Master of Public Health Program is a nationally accredited degree program that provides graduate professional training in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, translational and community-based research, and community engagement strategies to improve the health of individuals and populations. The program focuses on the competencies professionals need to address health and health care issues and includes a range of interdisciplinary courses on social behavioral health, health policy, program planning and evaluation, and environmental health, as well as epidemiology and biostatistics. Students complete a minimum of 42 credit hours of course work: at least 24 credit hours of core courses, 12 credit hours of approved courses in a track or concentration, a field placement in a community health setting, and the remaining credit hours in a elective courses from across the university. Created in 2003, the program draws upon the strengths of UVA faculty within the Schools of Medicine, Arts & Sciences, Nursing, Law, Business, Education, and Architecture as well as the larger university community. Graduates are prepared for a variety of positions in health care and research, community health, and health policy.