The MECEH epidemiology predoctoral and 2 postdoctoral training programs are unique in that these represent diverse disciplines that are integrated into a cohesive, well-structured educational program. Coordination amongst the 3 primary departmental units is assured through:
- joint mentorship representing the basic sciences, epidemiology and clinical programs,
- construction of multidiscipline dissertation and Master’s thesis committees,
- interdisciplinary research projects, and
- joint seminars, workshops and other activities involving all trainees.
Trainees are strongly encouraged to arrive by July 1 to acclimate to the rigorous research environment. During the summer, trainees can take the Introduction to Epidemiology or Biostatistics course, Molecular Epidemiology and/or become involved in laboratory rotations. If preparatory courses are needed, trainees can take a molecular genetics/biochemistry noncredit preparatory course, if needed. Trainees also receive an orientation with Dr. LeMasters that often includes meetings in which faculty interested in accepting new students in their lab meet with the incoming students to present and discuss their lab’s current research.At the time of their arrival, the trainee is assigned an Initial Advisory Committee that serves as their research mentors. The Initial Advisory Committee is formed with input from the Program Director, the Admissions Committee and with input from the student about his/her research interests. One member of that committee the “Primary Advisor” is responsible for communicating directly with the Program Director about the student’s progress. For the predoctoral students, the Initial Advisory Committee is generally 2 members of the preceptor faculty, 1 in epidemiology/biostatistics and 1 from the molecular genetics molecular toxicology or molecular biology preceptor groups. The postdoctoral clinician fellows are assigned an Initial Advisory Committee comprised of 2 members, 1 clinical and 1 from epidemiology and/or molecular genetics, toxicology or statistical genetics as appropriate. The traditional Post doctoral trainee will be assigned an advisory committee who serves as their primary laboratory mentor and another member to complement the experience i.e. a molecular biologist or epidemiologists. Amongst other duties, the trainee’s primary advisor and Initial Advisory Committee meet, with the trainee and plan the course work including choice of laboratory rotations. No later than the end of the fall quarter, the students submit their top choices for lab rotations and any change in the advisory committee that may be needed. The Program Director contacts the potential faculty members of interest and reviews students interested in choosing them as their advisor(s). The faculty member makes the final decisions of accepting a student as an advisee or laboratory preceptor.
Overview Coursework and Requirements
The MECEH program is housed in the Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences (DEPHS) and most courses are taught there. Courses in epidemiology, molecular genetics, research study design, and biostatistics are required for graduation from the program. Core (C) courses are those necessary for obtaining either the MS (for the MD fellows) or PhD degree in epidemiology. The additional required (R) courses for the MECEH program are also listed. A listing of many but not all the courses offered by the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (DEB) is shown in the DEB Graduate Student Handbook. Some existing courses have been redesigned and several new advanced courses (some not listed in the handbook) have been recently developed in the key areas of statistical genetics, epidemiology and molecular genetics; specific examples are described below.
MECEH Course Examples
Department of Environmental & Public Health Sciences
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