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A competitive international Master of Public Health in Comparative Effectiveness Research offered in English in Paris by internationally renowned Professors from Europe. Read more
A competitive international Master of Public Health in Comparative Effectiveness Research offered in English in Paris by internationally renowned Professors from Europe


This new Master of Science 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, clinical epidemiology, biostatistics and public health.


The Master of Public Health in Comparative Effectiveness Research is a second-year course that is a part of a two-year Master in Public Health programme (60 ECTS). This Master’s programme comprises 10 modules, which are delivered through a range of interactive learning strategies. The programme includes the latest methods and advances in the field of CER, epidemiology and biostatistics. Courses will include applied, hands-on sessions allowing the use of various epidemiological methods, statistical methods, and analysis of various types of data.

Classes are full-time and take place from October to December. Each week is dedicated to one module that is delivered by two outstanding international lecturers.


Upon the completion of formalised courses and after the validation exams in January, students will have to complete a five-month internship. The internship can take place in France or abroad, in public health agencies and companies, in research laboratories, etc. and is supervised by a senior researcher.

In addition to the international teaching setting, students will also benefit from the vast professional and academic network maintained by the French and international faculty members. Indeed, the Master of Public Health in comparative effectiveness research is managed at the Centre of Research in Epidemiology and Statistics Sorbonne Paris Cité, and maintains close links with several professional networks, including the Cochrane Collaboration, the EQUATOR Network, the CONSORT Network and INSERM.

Internships will strengthen the connection and pooling of research discoveries between the academic and non-academic partners, encourage the acquisition of the transferable skills needed to succeed in a 21-century research setting and ensure a smooth transition to the professional world.

The awarding of the Master’s degree will depend on successful completion of the formalised courses, the internship and the thesis defence.

Career prospects

The following career paths could be pursued after the completion of the current Master’s programme: continuation into a PhD degree, joining research agencies (R&D), NGOs, think-tanks, government or international agencies working on health issues, and many other professional opportunities.


The courses included in the programme will address comparative effectiveness research, “the generation and synthesis of evidence that compares the benefits and harms of alternative methods to prevent, diagnose, treat, and monitor a clinical condition or to improve the delivery of care”.

Top-level professors

The teachings of the Master of Public Health in Comparative Effectiveness Research are offered by Paris Descartes University that encompasses all the fields of knowledge of human and health sciences. Its health department is renowned in Europe and in the whole world for the high quality of its training and the excellence of its research.

This is a unique opportunity to get a specialised Master in Comparative Effectiveness Research, a first of its kind in Europe, offered by top-level professors coming from Paris Descartes University, Paris Diderot University but also from the best European universities such as Amsterdam University, Danube University Krems, the University of Bern, Oxford University, Queen’s University Belfast, Manchester University, and York University.

Application form

You can upload the necessary document and apply online (see below). Your application will not be processed until we have received all the required documents. Application documents must be submitted in English in .doc, .pdf or in .jpg extensions.

- A duly filled out application form (to download) - http://www.mastercer.com/download/application-form/
- A personal statement addressing your interest in a specific programme and your future career goals (400 – 600 words)
- Curriculum vitae, please use this template to create your CV - https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/
- A scanned copy of your last or relevant diploma and its translation if it is not in English or in French
- Transcripts of your Master’s degree or your first year master’s degree + their translation if they are not in English or in French
- Two recommendation letters
- Evidence of English language proficiency

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