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Master of Science in Comparative Effectiveness Research

Course Description

A competitive international MSc in Comparative Effectiveness Research offered in English in Paris by internationally renowned Professors from leading European universities

What is Comparative Effectiveness Research?

Clinical research has generated tremendous knowledge on diagnosis and treatment. However, it does not provide sufficient information to determine what treatment works best, for whom, and under which conditions. Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) addresses these issues by identifying the most effective interventions for specific patient groups. Comparative Effectiveness Research is a growing area of cutting-edge research that is elevated at the level of national initiative in the USA. Comparative Effectiveness Research is “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”.

An innovative approach

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

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 structure of the programme

The offered Master of Science in Comparative Effectiveness Research is a second-year course that is a part of a two-year Master in Public Health programme. 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, analysis of various types of data and other. This research Master programme will start in October and finish in July. Upon the completion of formalised courses, the students will have to complete a 5-month internship. The awarding of the Master’s degree will depend on successful completion of the formalised courses and the thesis defence.

In addition to the international teaching settings the students will benefit from the vast professional network maintained by faculty members. In particular, the non-academic networks include the Cochrane Collaboration, the EQUATOR Network, the CONSORT Network, INSERM, and others. This Masters programme strives to strengthen via the internship the connection and the mutualisation of the research discoveries between the academic and non-academic partners. The latter encourages the acquisition of the transferable skills needed to succeed in a 21-century research setting and for the smooth transition to the professional world.

Courses Structure

October 3 – 7, 2016: Methods in randomised controlled trials I (General principles of pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments) Mike Clarke – Isabelle Boutron

October 10 – 14, 2016: Methods in randomised controlled trials II (Specific designs: cluster, N of one, large simple trials) David Torgerson – Philippe Ravaud

October 17 – 21, 2016: R-programme Gabriel Baron – Elodie Perrodeau

October 24 – 28, 2016: Methods in diagnostic tests, biomarkers, and screening evaluation Patrick Bossuyt – Martin Chalumeau – Jérémie Cohen

October 31 - November 4, 2016: Methods of observational studies in CER Romain Pirracchio - Sylvie Chevret

November 7 - 11, 2016: Methods in systematic reviews and meta-analysis I (Systematic review of randomised trials, individual patient data meta-analysis) Sally Hopewell – Agn è s Dechartres

November 14 – 18, 2016: Methods in systematic reviews and meta-analysis II (Systematic review of observational studies, system. review of diagnostic tests) Mariska Leeflang - Matthieu Resche - Rigon

November 21 - 25, 2016: Network meta-analysis Georgia Salanti – Ludovic Trinquart

November 28 - December 2, 2016: CER and personalised or stratified medicine Gary Collins - Raphaël Porcher

December 5 - 9, 2016: Routinely collected data in CER (Embedded trials; Analysis of large scale data sets) Tjeerd - Pieter Van Staa – Jérôme Lambert

December 12 - 16, 2016: CER case studies Gerald Gartlehner – Philippe Ravaud

January - July 2017: Exams, internship and thesis write-up


60 ECTS per year

Programme directors

Philippe Ravaud, Professor of Epidemiology, Paris Descartes University
Isabelle Boutron, Professor of Epidemiology, Paris Descartes University

Course location

Columbia Global Centers|Europe|Paris Reid Hall 4 rue de Chevreuse 75006 Paris

For more information please visit: http://www.masterCER.com

Application deadline 25 June 2016

Visit the Master of Science in Comparative Effectiveness Research page on the Université Paris Descartes website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet minimum requirements to enrol in the Master’s programme. Hold an internationally recognised Master’s degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, public health, mathematics. Proficiency in English language (e.g. test results TOEFL, IELTS).

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