Faculty of Medicine Recruitment Scholarship 2013-2014
MSc Epidemiology Program
About the Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine
The mission of the Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, one of the three basic science departments in the Faculty of Medicine, is to contribute to health promotion and disease prevention and control, through research and training in epidemiology and related disciplines, and by offering expertise and advice to people and agencies in other fields who need such support.
The Department is interdisciplinary, comprising members with a wide variety of academic backgrounds and interests, and has also developed strong links with other groups, including the clinical epidemiology research programs and methods centres at hospital-based research institutes affiliated with the University, the Public Health Department of the City of Ottawa, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Health Canada and the Local Health Integration Network. The interdisciplinarity and linkages of the department have enabled it to achieve a high level of research intensity in the areas of descriptive and analytical epidemiology, and applied and clinical epidemiology.
The Department is responsible for four main teaching programs: it runs the Society, the Individual and Medicine (SIM) component of the undergraduate medical curriculum in each of the first three years; a research-oriented Master's Program in Epidemiology in which students have the option of pursuing either a thesis-based program or a program comprising courses and a research paper; a research-oriented PhD in Epidemiology; and the Postgraduate Medical Residency Program in Public Health and Preventive Medicine. The MSc program has been in place since 1988 and was appraised in 2006 as of good quality by the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies. The first students were admitted to the PhD program in Epidemiology in May 2011. The Department is planning to extend public health training.
Since 2000, the Department has tripled the number of faculty from 6 full-time members to 19. Our support staff has also increased substantially and contributes to a highly active departmental environment. We are working on further developments that will enable the Department to enhance further its valuable contributions to the life of the Faculty, the University, and broader applied health research and training in Ottawa and beyond.