Curriculum Overview

Coursework emphasizes biostatistics, epidemiology, clinical trials, and applied clinical and population research methods, along with the responsible conduct of research and scientific communication. Courses are primarily taught by faculty within the Division of Public Health Sciences.

Program Objectives:

  • Develop meaningful and feasible research questions.
  • Design and implement studies to answer clinical and population research questions.
  • Perform and interpret statistical analyses and collaborate effectively with biostatisticians.
  • Conduct research in a responsible and ethical manner.
  • Communicate through grant applications, protocols, manuscripts, abstracts, and presentations.
  • Collaborate productively in multidisciplinary scientific team.

MS Requirements
Master's students complete 26 hours of coursework during the first year of the program (including the summer session), and then conduct independent research and thesis work during a second year. Students pursuing a medical or physician assistant degree at Wake Forest School of Medicine can incorporate the CPTS MS into their medical training.

Certificate Requirements
An abbreviated program resulting in the granting of a certificate rather than an MS may be suitable for some students. Students will need to complete at least 15 hours of coursework, including 10 hours from core classes, complete ethics training requirements, and demonstrate competency in graduate level biostatistics. Students generally complete all required course work in one calendar year.

The Graduate School Bulletin includes further information about courses and degree requirements.