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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 Public Health (MPH) and 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.

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.

*New program launching in Fall 2021. Applications are currently being accepted.* The Master of Public Health (MPH) prepares students for careers as public health professionals and researchers. Students in the MPH program develop proficiency across several public health disciplines, including biostatistics, epidemiology, health policy and management, social and behavioral sciences, and environmental health sciences. Additionally, all students choose to focus their studies in one of three areas of concentration: Epidemiology and Global Health, Health Policy, or Data Science. By completing both a practicum experience and capstone project, students leave the program with hands-on training in public health research or applied public health practice.

Upon completion of the program, students will generally be able to:

  • Conduct health research that utilizes tools and techniques aimed at better understanding population health.
  • Lead in the public health and healthcare fields by applying relevant skills and demonstrating knowledge of healthcare administration, policy and advocacy, research, and public service.
  • Serve as part of the public health workforce, improving the health and safety of communities.

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.
  • Registration information will be available soon.
  • 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.
  • La información de registro estará disponible pronto.
  • Visite nuestra página web si desea obtener más información o registrarse.

Contact us at

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Sam Volchenboum

Samuel Volchenboum, MD, PhD, MS

Rebecca Plunkett

Rebecca Plunkett, MS

Assistant Director

Alex Laguna

Alex Laguna, MA

Training Program Manager

Caitlin Pike

Caitlin Pike

Communications Manager

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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.