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Clinical Epidemiology (GDCE)

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Program Information

School:McMaster University - Faculty of Health Sciences
Faculty:Faculty of Health Sciences
Degree:Post-diploma; Online
Field of Study:Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other
Description:The GDCE is a novel completely online delivered course-based program by the department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics (CE&B), covering core topics of clinical epidemiology. Starting in the academic year 2015-2016, four online graduate courses will be offered as one harmonized package for GDCE: Fundamentals of Health Research and Evaluation Methods (771), Introduction to Biostatistics (774), Introduction to Research Methods for Randomized Controlled Trials (772), and Systematic Review Methods (773). At GDCE completion a formal graduate diploma will be awarded to students. Costs will be approximately $3,300 CAD per course, pending final approval by McMaster University.

The Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology (GDCE) builds on the strengths of the internationally respected Health Research Methods (HRM) Graduate Programs in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. Like the HRM program, the courses are taught by faculty in the Department of CE&B, a premier destination for graduate study and research in clinical epidemiology. The four online courses comprising the program are recognized as equivalent to the core HRM courses, and are ideal for applicants with an interest in HRM training without the commitment of an entire MSc degree completed on site. Graduates will gain foundational knowledge in the tenets of evidence-based medicine and a skill set applicable in clinical, policy, management, and research settings.

URL:Clinical Epidemiology (GDCE) at McMaster University - Faculty of Health Sciences
Course Based:Yes
Length:16 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $3,300

This cost estimate is per 3 unit course, and does not include supplementary fees.

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

    Applicants are required to have completed a four-year honours undergraduate university (Bachelor’s) degree (or equivalent) and a B+ average in the final year of undergraduate study. On a percentage scale, the B+ average equates to a 75 to 79% (8.5/12.0 on the McMaster grade point average scale)

    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 237] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 92] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]

    Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to submit an official copy of their TOEFL score, or other evidence of competency in English is required. A minimum TOEFL (iBT) score of 92 (580 on the paper-based TOEFL test or 237 on the computer-based TOEFL test) is needed for the Faculty of Health Sciences. Students taking the IELTS are required to achieve a minimum score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each category. Equivalent scores on other recognized tests may also be considered. Each of these scores are only valid for 2 years. Students who have completed an Academic ESL program through Canadian academic institutions may petition to have this considered in lieu of TOEFL. Applicants may be exempted from this requirement if they have completed a university degree at which English is the language of instruction.

    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Research Interests
    Applicants are required to submit two confidential letters of recommendation from referees, one page statement of interest, and an up to date curriculum vitae.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on October 31, 2016