Overview and mission
Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Masters of Science Program in Health Policy Research
Clinical and teaching responsibilities
Research partners at Penn and Children's Hospital
Additional information about the Academic General Pediatrics Fellowship
The Academic General Pediatrics Fellowship offers pediatric providers the training to design, implement and evaluate original health services and clinical epidemiology research. The fellowship is intended primarily for general pediatricians, but is open to pediatric providers from all subspecialties who are interested in performing broad-based pediatric research to understand the healthcare needs of children and to improve children's health and healthcare delivery. The goal of the fellowship is to prepare trainees to work as independent researchers in academics, government, healthcare systems, foundations or industry.
The Academic General Pediatrics Fellowship is a two-year program funded by the Health Services and Resource Administration (HRSA) as part of a National Research Service Award (NRSA) training grant. The fellow will receive strong mentoring in developing research proposals, identifying research advisors and collaborators and refining research skills. Formal didactic training in biostatistics and epidemiology is provided through coursework at The University of Pennsylvania's Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB), culminating in receipt of a Master's in Clinical Epidemiology or Public Health. In addition to the formal coursework at the CCEB, the fellow will participate in weekly Academic General Pediatrics research Group works-in-progress meetings and monthly Pediatric Health Services Research presentations. The fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in the research conferences of our partners and collaborators in the CCEB, the Center for Outcomes Research and Policy Lab at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Division of General Internal Medicine, the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, and the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. The fellow will successfully complete at least two research projects and is encouraged to present the results of these projects at national meetings and in peer-reviewed journals. Approximately 80 percent of the fellow's time is protected for the development of research skills and the performance of research. The remaining 20 percent is dedicated to developing clinical care and teaching skills needed to be a successful academic pediatrician.
Fellowship training program director
Chris Feudtner, MD, PhD, MPH
Division of General Pediatrics
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
3535 Market Street, Room 1523
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399
Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE) degree program are assigned to a faculty mentor at the CCEB based on the student's research interest. The mentor will act in an advisory capacity throughout that student's course of study, particularly regarding the development of the required research project.
All students must complete a required core of courses, generally taken in the first year of study. The core of required courses for the MSCE degree program is as follows:
Additional courses are required, some of which may be electives, depending on the track in which the student is enrolled (epidemiology, health services research, human genetics, bioethics or patient-oriented research). In total, 16 course units of credit are required for the completion of the MSCE degree.
Students also are required to plan a research project in detail, complete this project and write up the results in the form of a thesis. Finally, students also are required to participate in a series of programs for which course unit credits are not awarded. These requirements include: participation for at least one year in the weekly CCEB Research Seminar, which runs from September through June annually; completion of an online seminar on the ethics of biomedical research and completion of the School of Medicine's online Patient Oriented Certification Program.
The Masters of Science Program in Health Policy Research is a two-year training program in health services research. The program is based in the School of Medicine as a collaborative effort with the Wharton School and a joint venture of the Leonard Davis Institute (LDI) and the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program (RWJ CSP). The program is closely affiliated with the Annenberg School for Communication, the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Social Policy and Practice, and the School of Nursing.
The Masters of Science in Health Policy Research prepares graduates for health services research and health policy research careers in academic, government, community, and industry settings.
Clinical responsibilities for the fellow will not exceed 20 percent of his or her total work time. The fellow may choose to work as an attending on the General Pediatric Inpatient Service and/or in the outpatient setting in one of the Hospital's Primary Care Centers.
In each year, the fellow will lead two clinical conferences.
Our NRSA has a special arrangement to promote the careers of persons from underrepresented minorities through the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Excellence for Diversity in Health Education and Research. The Center for Excellence is a HRSA-funded program promoting research in minority issues, minority student and faculty recruitment and retention and advancing leadership roles of minority faculty.