Key Contacts

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies (Health Sciences)

Dr. Catherine Hayward
askhsgp@mcmaster.ca

Assistant Dean, HRM Program

Steven Hanna, PhD
askhrm@mcmaster.ca
905.525.9140 x 26236

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Health Research Methodology (HRM) Program

The Health Research Methodology (HRM) Program offers advanced study at the MSc and PhD levels to applicants from a broad range of clinical and health relevant disciplines. Graduate training focuses on evaluative frameworks and research methods derived from clinical epidemiology, biostatistics, epidemiology, health economics, health policy analysis, and many of the social sciences.

Students are challenged to integrate theory and methods from these alternative disciplinary perspectives to create innovative health research and evaluation methods leading to better understanding of health and disease and strengthened health services and systems. The program emphasizes interdisciplinary education and recognizes the critical role of strong mentoring and apprenticeship in the development of innovative independent researchers.

Students choose from one of five designated “Fields of Specialization”

  • Clinical Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Health Services Research
  • Population and Public Health, and
  • Health Technology Assessment.

or HRM Classic in which they tailor a general methods degree to their own unique interests or focus on other research areas such as health-knowledge translation, health-research ethics, health economics, health policy and health-education evaluation.