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Comparative Effectiv. Research

Mention : Santé publique ( Public Health )
Spécialité : Comparative Effectiveness Research


Objectifs, débouchés, admission


What is Comparative Effectiveness Research?
Master poster

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”.

An innovative approach

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.

Career prospects

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
  • joining government or international agencies working on health issues

and many other professional opportunities.

Entry requirements

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, MS) in related fields such as epidemiology, biostatistics, public health, mathematics
  • Proficiency in English language


structure of the programme and courses

The structure of the programme

Master booklet

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-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.


Date Course title Teacher
Oct 2–6
R-programme Gabriel BARON & Elodie PERRODEAU
Oct 9–13
Methods in randomised controlled trials I
(General principles of pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments)
Mike CLARKE & Isabelle BOUTRON
Oct 16–20
Methods in randomised controlled trials II
(Specific designs: cluster, N of one, large simple trials)
Oct 23–27
Methods of observational studies in CER Romain PIRRACCHIO & Sylvie CHEVRET
Oct 30 to
Nov 3, 2017
Methods in systematic reviews and meta-analysis I
(Systematic review of randomised trials, individual patient data meta-analysis)
Nov 6-10
CER and personalised or stratified medicine Gary COLLINS & Raphaël PORCHER
Nov 13-17
Network meta-analysis Dimitris MAVRIDIS & Anna CHAIMANI
Nov 20-24
Methods in diagnostic tests, biomarkers, and screening evaluation Patrick BOSSUYT, Martin CHALUMEAU & Jérémie COHEN
Nov 27 to
Dec 1st, 2017
Methods in systematic reviews and meta-analysis II
(Systematic review of observational studies, system. review of diagnostic tests)
Dec 4-8
Routinely collected data in CER
(Embedded trials; Analysis of large scale data sets)
Tjeerd-Pieter VAN STAA & Jérôme LAMBERT
Dec 11-15
CER case studies Gerald GARTLEHNER, Joerg MEERPOHL & Philippe RAVAUD
Exams, internship and thesis write-up

Complete infos about the structure of the program, and the teachers on the official Master’s website


Application & Registration

Application procedure

Apply online on the Master’s official website

Before July 7th, 2017

Announcement of admissions : July

Registration procedure

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


Philippe RAVAUD
Isabelle BOUTRON
Hôpital Hôtel-Dieu
1 place du Parvis Notre-Dame
75004 Paris
tel :
+33 (0)1 42 34 78 32
Christelle SARRASIN
Fac. de méd. Paris Descartes
Bureau des Masters, porte 315
3è étage, aile B
15 rue de l’école de médecine
75270 Paris Cedex 06
tel :
01 53 10 46 56
official website

Modifié le 13 juin 2017
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