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MASTER Santé publique : Comparative effectiveness research

Epidémiologie-Santé publique-Pédagogie

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Faculté de Médecine
15, rue de l'Ecole de Médecine
75006 PARIS

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Forme de l’enseignement :

Enseignement en présentiel

Durée :

2 ans

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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.

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.


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 the Amsterdam University, the Danube University, the Ioannina University, the Oxford University, the Paris Descartes University, the Paris Diderot University, the Queen’s University Belfast, the Utrecht University, and the 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.

Niveau requis à l'entrée

BAC+3 ou équivalent


Courses will start in October 2015 and finish in July 2016

Course location

Columbia Global Centers/Europe/Paris

Reid Hall

4 rue de Chevreuse

75006 Paris

Upon the completion of formalised courses, the students will have to complete a 5-month internship.

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.

Courses structure :

  • Methods in randomised controlled trials I
  • Methods in randomised controlled trials II
  • Methods in diagnostic tests, biomarkers, and screening evaluation
  • Methods of observational studies in CER
  • Methods in systematic reviews and meta-analysis I
  • Methods in systematic reviews and meta-analysis II 
  • Network meta-analysis
  • CER and personalised or stratified medicine
  • Routinely collected data in CER
  • CER case studies

Règlement d'examen

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

Admissions et inscriptions

Conditions d’accès

Entry requirements :
Applicants must meet minimum requirements to enrol in the Master’s programme. These are:

  • Hold a Master’s degree or first year Master’s degree (M1, MS) in related fields such as epidemiology, biostatistics, public health, mathematics;
  • Proficiency in English language


L'inscription à ce diplôme est aussi accessible par validation des études, des expériences professionnelles et des acquis personnels (VAP Décret n°1985-906 du 23 Aout 1985). Contacter le service de la scolarité de l'UFR, de la Faculté ou de l'Institut concerné.

Formalités d’inscription

Registration is open for the academic year 2015-2016

When to apply :

Application deadline for fall 2015 is 26 JUNE 2015 on www.masterCER.com

Announcement of admissions: 17 JULY 2015


Responsable de spécialité

Madame Isabelle Boutron
Courriel : isabelle.boutron@htd.aphp.fr

Responsable de spécialité

Philippe Ravaud
Courriel : philippe.ravaud@htd.aphp.fr

Scolarité administrative

Téléphone : +33 (0) 1 53 10 46 56/57
Courriel : scolarite.master@medecine.parisdescartes.fr

Secrétariat pédagogique

Téléphone : +33 (0) 1 42 34 78 32
Courriel : admissions@masterCER.com

Service Commun de Formation Continue

Renseignements concernant la formation continue (devis, demande de prise en charge, etc.)
Téléphone : +33 (0)1 76 53 46 30
Courriel : formation.continue@scfc.parisdescartes.fr

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