The Health Research Methodology (HRM) program recently celebrated 40 years of excellence and innovation
in the training of clinical epidemiologists and health systems researchers.
We began in 1972 as the Design Measurement and Evaluation (DME) program in the
of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CE&B).
In 1997, the DME Program was renamed the Health Research Methodology
(HRM) Program. An innovative, interdisciplinary PhD program was established
shortly after to provide opportunities for students wishing to pursue
advanced graduate training beyond an MSc degree.
In 2012, 163 CE&B full-time, joint, associate and part-time faculty members support the teaching and mentorship of more than 68 PhD and 121 MSc students. Our faculty span the full range of clinical and health systems disciplines. Their research accomplishments are recognized globally and emphasize collaboration and interdisciplinary teamwork.
The year 2007 marked more important changes for the program. Fields
of specialization in clinical epidemiology, biostatistics, health
services research, population
and public health and health
technology assessment have been established to complement the original HRM
classic training. At the same time, graduate expansion initiatives by the Government
of Ontario have enabled us to increase the size of our program and
provide more opportunities for qualified applicants to enroll in
our MSc and PhD programs. Other new initiatives are on the horizon
including e-HRM distance learning.
Hallmarks of the HRM program include:
- An interdisciplinary educational model that
draws on faculty members from numerous departments
and disciplines in the faculties of Health Sciences,
Science and Social Sciences (clinical epidemiology,
biostatistics, health economics, health policy analysis,
health services research, geography, psychology, sociology,
anthropology and political science).
- A broad and diverse student body. HRM students have a broad spectrum
of academic backgrounds at entry that includes medicine, nursing,
rehabilitation sciences, social work, economics, math/stats, political
science, sociology, geography and psychology.
- Emphasis on experiential learning through
active participation and apprenticeship in interdisciplinary
- Opportunity to train with world-renowned health researchers who
lead major studies based in numerous sites in Canada, North America
and beyond. Graduate Programs in the Faculty of Health Sciences
cut across departmental lines and thus draw interested and skilled
faculty from a broad range of disciplines.
- Small classes where approximately 10 students work with
an expert faculty member using small group, problem-based learning
strategies complemented by guest lectures and large group presentations.
- A focus on research methodology that promotes
the integration of health relevant disciplinary perspectives
to create innovative evaluative strategies and frameworks.