Master's and training programs in the life and health sciences

The Office for Master's Education is the home of academic and professional training within the Biological Sciences Division. We currently offer a Master of Science in Public Health Sciences for Clinical Professionals (MSCP) degree. Additional new and innovative programs in the health and biological sciences are currently under development with faculty across the Division. Please contact us for more information.

This course is offered online in two versions: physicians course and nurses course. The course covers the essentials of neurological critical care following acute events such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, intracranial hemorrhage, cerebral edema, intracranial hypertension and seizure (among other pathologies) and is meant for clinicians working in neurological and non-neurological specialties, such as internal or family medicine, emergency medicine, neurosurgery, anesthesia and critical care medicine.

  • The certificate consists of two courses that are 11 weeks each.
  • Students watch two recorded lectures per week, participate in discussion boards, and assess their progress via quizzes. 
  • Currently available in Spanish. English version is coming soon.
  • The next course for physicians will begin in Autumn 2019.
  • Registration information will be available soon.
  • The total cost is $300.
  • Please visit our website to learn more and register.

Descripción del Curso de Cuidados Neurocríticos y Stroke

Este curso se ofrece en línea (online) en dos versiones: curso para médicos y curso para enfermería. El curso cubre los aspectos esenciales de la atención neurológica crítica después de eventos agudos como accidente cerebrovascular, trauma de cráneo, hemorragia intracraneal, edema cerebral, hipertensión endocraneana y convulsiones (entre otras enfermedades) y está destinado a médicos que trabajan en especialidades neurológicas y no-neurológicas como medicina interna o familiar, neurocirugía, anestesia, medicina intensiva o medicina de emergencia.

  • El certificado consta de dos cursos de 11 semanas cada uno.
  • Los estudiantes ven dos conferencias grabadas por semana, participan en foros de discusión y evalúan su progreso mediante cuestionarios.
  • Actualmente disponible en español. Una versión en Ingles estara disponible pronto
  • El próximo curso para médicos comenzará en el otoño del 2019.
  • La información de registro estará disponible pronto.
  • El costo total es de $ 300 y los pagos se pueden distribuir en 3 meses.
  • Visite nuestra página web si desea obtener más información o registrarse.

Pharmacovigilance, also known as drug safety, is the pharmacological science relating to the collection, detection, assessment, monitoring, prevention, and communication of adverse effects with pharmaceutical products. Combining expertise across disciplines of data science, informatics, medicine, and health research, the Office of Master's Education is developing a new certificate.

We will be offering four courses in 2020-2021 including:

  • Regulatory and data sciences in pharmacovigilance
  • Critical role of clinical trials to drug safety
  • Big data and technology in pharmacovigilance
  • Data management and analytics for pharmacovigilance 

The Master of Science in Public Health Sciences for Clinical Professionals offers students a course of study in the theory, methods, and concepts of biostatistics, epidemiology, and health services research needed to design and carry out clinical and epidemiologic research programs. It is designed for the professional enhancement of individuals who already have doctoral-level expertise in Medicine and related clinical disciplines. The program can be completed in one year of full-time study, or it can be undertaken in conjunction with a clinical fellowship or training program, in which case the course work may be distributed over a longer period.

Students in the program acquire skills with basic statistical methods, followed by additional training in the fundamental theory and methods of epidemiology, biostatistics, and health services research. Students then have the opportunity to focus on gaining expertise in one of these disciplines by selecting relevant electives and research projects.

A Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is under development. New enrollment is anticipated for Fall 2021.

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Sam Volchenboum

Samuel Volchenboum, MD, PhD, MS

seminar speaker and audience

Speaker Series

The BSD Office for Master’s Education sponsors the Computational Life Sciences Seminar Series (CLSSS).

Since 2017, CLSSS has served to highlight research in the fields of bioinformatics and computational life sciences, foster collaborations, and provide a broad audience for feedback on current research. The format of the series is flexible (e.g., standard seminars, lightning talks, etc.), and seminars feature both University of Chicago researchers and guest speakers from other institutions. CLSSS talks are open to faculty, students, and researchers throughout the University of Chicago community. An archive of past talks is available on the CLSSS website.