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Master Santé publique - Parcours : Comparative effectiveness research

Domaine : Sciences, Technologies, Santé
  • ECTS

    60 crédits

  • Niveau d'études visé

    BAC +5

  • Durée

    1 an

  • Langue des enseignements



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. It is a growing area of cutting-edge research that is elevated at the level of national initiative in the USA. It 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”.


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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.


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Compétences visées

Acquire the methodological bases needed to do any activity in public health, and master the public health concepts and methods in order to apply them to:

  • Therapeutic assessment and comparative assessment of research in the diagnostic, therapeutic, prognostic, and preventive fields,
  • The development of health information systems,
  • The context of healthcare in the diagnostic, therapeutic, prognostic, and preventive fields,
  • The context of the assessment and management of risks - including professional and environmental risks,
  • The context of health safety and healthcare quality.

After finishing the Master’s degree, students should be able to get involved in research projects or be active in protecting, promoting, or restoring public health.

The Master’s aims at providing students with:

  • Theoretical background related to subjects that contribute to the collective approach of health events, such as general biostatistics, clinical epidemiology, modelling, biomedical computing, epidemiology, clinical research, risk assessment, …
  • Extended CER-specific methodological knowledge,
  • Practical experience within a research or professional environment. Students should be able to apply the acquired methodological knowledge through their personal work (writing of a thesis and thesis defense) during their 6-month internship.
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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 5-6 month internship. The awarding of the Master’s degree will depend on successful completion of the formalised courses and the thesis defence.

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.


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Contrôle des connaissances

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

First semester: An oral examination and a written final exam for each mandatory course, graded out of 20, with a minimum grade of 7/20.

Second semester: Thesis, graded out of 20, with a minimum grade of 10/20 and worth 100% of the final grade.

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Conditions d'admission

To be eligible, 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, MSc) in epidemiology, biostatistics, public health, mathematics or related fields;
  • or successful completion of 4 years of study in epidemiology, biostatistics, public health, mathematics or related fields;
  • Proficiency in English language.


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Modalités de candidature

When to apply

Applications are open from Monday, March 16th  2020 to Monday, June 15th 2020

How to apply

You only should apply online (by www.mastercer.com). You should upload your application with supporting documents by the stated deadline. You should scan and upload your transcripts and recommendation letters online. Your application will not be processed until we have received all the required documents. 

Application documents must be submitted in English in .doc, .pdf or in jpg.extensions

Required application material must be submitted in English

1. A duly filled out application form (to download)

2. A personal statement addressing your interest in a specific programme and your future career goals (400 – 600 words);

3. Curriculum vitae, please use https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu to create your CV;

4. A scanned copy of your last or relevant diploma and its translation if it is not in English or in French;

5. Transcripts of your Master’s degree or your first year master’s degree + their translation if they are not in English or in French

6. 2 recommendation letters;

7. Evidence of English language proficiency, if any. If your first language is not English and if your previous degree has not been taught entirely in English, you will be required to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.


Registration in July (after admissions), September & October 2019.



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Et après ?

  • 85%

    Taux de réussite

Poursuite d'études

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.

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  • Philippe Ravaud

    Responsable du diplôme
    • philippe.ravaud@aphp.fr
  • Isabelle Boutron

    Responsable du diplôme
    • isabelle.boutron@aphp.fr
  • Contact administratif
    • +33 (0)1 53 10 46 56
    • scolarite.masters@medecine.parisdescartes.fr
  • Contact administratif
    • +33 (0)142347815
    • admissions@mastercer.com

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