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 Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CE&B) now HEI. 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: