Summer Intensive Program in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research


The Summer Intensive Program in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research is designed for trainees who can dedicate a seven-week time commitment to acquiring fundamental concepts and skills in clinical research design and analysis.

Courses are taught by a multi-disciplinary group of faculty who are noted in their scholarly achievements and leadership. Students will be trained to plan, implement, and analyze quantitative and qualitative research studies using appropriate research designs. They will be prepared to work effectively in a variety of settings where data is required to answer complex questions and assess outcomes.

The Summer Intensive Program is based in the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University and was accredited by the State of New York in 1995.

Program Objectives

  • Introduce participants to a core of basic knowledge and the skills necessary to plan, conduct, and present the results of clinical or health services research studies.
  • Emphasize research methodology to enable participants to learn how and when to apply different research designs and utilize appropriate biostatistical techniques.
  • Include seminars in decision analysis, data management and analysis, behavioral science and health education, and techniques for presenting oral and written data. Small-group seminars with interactive lectures comprise the format for each of the curriculum units.


Students entering the program must have an M.D. degree, R.N. certificate, or graduate degree in a clinical health related field, with three years of work experience. Typically, physicians will have completed residency programs and nurses will have had several years of work experience prior to enrollment. Applicants should be committed to pursuing a research career. We encourage applicants from a broad spectrum of cultural backgrounds.


  • Completed Application (available online)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Complete official transcripts of all previous college and university work, including summer schools. A final transcript must be provided after completion of current degree requirements.
  • Personal Statement A concise description of research experience and interests. Essay should not exceed one typed, single spaced page; font no smaller than 12 points.
  • At least three Letters of Recommendation (one of which should be from current program director).

Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluative Sciences Research

Mary E. Charlson, M.D., Chief

Robin Andrews, Program Manager
1300 York Avenue, Box 46
Tel: (646) 962-5050
Fax: (646) 962-0620




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