The Doctorate in Clinical Epidemiology program seeks to provide academic experiences that enable the training of researchers with the ability to perform and independently guide investigative processes that contribute to the advancement of clinical and health care.

As a basic discipline of clinical medicine, the training of doctors in this field, tends towards the generation or qualification of methods that support with evidence and, allow to make predictions and successful interventions, from the clinical practice, about the health - disease processes.

Thus understood, the research activity of doctoral students and doctors will be oriented towards the generation of increasingly accurate, reliable and valid methods for making decisions that improve the conditions and procedures for patient care and the promotion of Health. This represents the possibility of generating new methods or giving scientific answers to problems found in clinical practice.

General information

  • Modality: Research
  • Methodology: On-site - Full time
  • Conference: Monday to Friday from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm (I and II semester). From semester III Friday 7:00 am to 12:00 noon and once a month full day two days Thursday and Friday 7:00 to 4:00 pm and occasionally Saturday from 8:00 to 12:00 am.
  • Granting title: Doctor in Clinical Epidemiology
  • Estimated duration: 5 years
  • SNIES: 104684
  • Qualified registry resolution: 10106 of July 13, 2015, valid until July 13, 2022.
  • Registration fee: $ 16,817,000 / semester *
  • Type of training: Postgraduate
  • Place where it is offered: Bogotá

* The registration value corresponds to the cost per period fixed for the year 2019.


The doctoral program is designed around two components: one of theoretical training and the other of training in research.

The curriculum of the Doctorate program shares a foundation component with the Master's Program in Clinical Epidemiology offered by the University at present. However, the Doctorate will have higher requirements including seven basic subjects and a group of at least eight (8) electives of which the student will select at least four (4) according to their particular interest in scientific deepening.

The research component includes the research seminar, research internship and the generation of a research project in its pre-project, protocol and doctoral thesis phases. The deepening in research will be achieved in addition to the statement, by completing and approving the deepening seminar that covers at least seven areas in which will be deepened on the basis of the student's thesis project. The research practice will include an internship of at least 2 months in research groups recognized for their excellence within or outside the country with which the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics has established cooperation agreements for teachers.

Number of Academic Credits: 110

Theoretical component of elective deepening

  • Ethics in health research
  • Systematic reviews of literature
  • How to write and publish scientific literature
  • Evidence based medicine
  • Clinical Econometrics
  • Health records
  • Development of clinical practice guidelines
  • Conducting clinical studies
  • Statistical computing
  • Methods in biostatistics I
  • Probability
  • Introduction to sampling
  • Analysis of categorical data
  • Non-parametric statistics

* And other subjects offered by related postgraduate programs, with prior authorization from the program management.

Profile of the applicant

Applicants to the Doctorate program may be:

  • Health professionals (Medicine or specialties, Nursing, Dentistry, Nutrition, Bacteriology, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy).
  • Professionals with an interest in health (eg Statistics, Social Sciences, Psychology, Economics, Biology, Administration).
  • Professionals with a master's degree in clinical epidemiology, epidemiology, biostatistics, public health, economics or health administration.

Graduate profile

At the end of its training process, the University hopes that the doctor in Clinical Epidemiology has added to its attributes as an active professional in the field of health, those of the clinical epidemiologist and researcher, which would be expressed as follows:

  • Mastery of the scientific method and its application in the clinical activity, both in the provision of health services and in the research of its field of professional interest, in sufficient depth to enable it to independently evaluate the scientific evidence, incorporate it into its practice and produce relevant and valid knowledge.
  • Sufficient knowledge and skills in the field of complementary disciplines of clinical epidemiology (public health, biostatistics, health economics, analysis of clinical decisions, social sciences and information technology) so as to be able to face independently the majority of the problems of the area .
  • Ability to interact efficiently with professionals from other disciplines that support and contribute to biomedical research.
  • Lead the transfer of knowledge resulting from scientific research and serve as a "bridge" between scientific evidence and clinical practice policies (clinical practice guidelines), public policies and economic policies that include the process of decision and approval of medicines and technologies in health.
  • Teach the principles of clinical and health research to students in postgraduate programs for research training.
  • Perform clinical and biomedical research as an independent researcher with the ability to meet the requirements and requirements of the peer review necessary to obtain funding.
  • Develop a scientific attitude that will allow you to advise other health professionals and researchers in the design and implementation of clinical and biomedical research
  • Develop a scientific and healthy critical attitude towards the evidence based on which health decisions are made.
  • Develop skills to communicate and disseminate the knowledge of Clinical Epidemiology.

Advantages of the graduate

The Doctoral Program in Clinical Epidemiology seeks:

  • Generate a shift in the profile of those who make critical use of the methodological tools towards the construction, validation and dissemination of theoretical concepts, methods and methodological tools that contribute to the qualification of what to do investigative of health processes disease, on the part of clinical and non-clinical.
  • Promote the transformation of care processes (clinical or non-clinical) by proposing new methods to increase assertiveness rates in such processes of change.
  • Carry out deployments to other areas of health and its determinants (eg health administration).
  • Generate new dimensions of health research, but from the perspective of the development of methods associated with health economics, biostatistics, technology evaluation, population assessment, among others.

Areas of deepening

  • Knowledge in the application of probabilistic thinking and heuristic activity.
  • Knowledge on advanced evaluation of the scientific literature and conduct of secondary research (systematic reviews and meta-analysis). Advanced use of diagnostic tests and comparison of various strategies.
  • Knowledge about basic and advanced architecture of clinical research and health services.
  • Advanced knowledge in the methods for the evaluation of health systems, the quality and costs of health services, the outcomes of health care, clinical care scenarios and the evaluation of technologies and innovations in medical care.
  • Knowledge of advanced research methods in social sciences and their usefulness in the evaluation of health services and health care practices.


Registration Process

  • Form filled out.
  • Proof of payment of registration fees.
  • Compile the required documentation:
  • Proof of payment of registration fees.
  • Extended copy of the citizenship card.
  • Certificate of good conduct of the university of origin.
  • Copy of the diplomas corresponding to the formal university studies completed, leading to undergraduate and / or postgraduate degrees.
  • Qualifications obtained in the previous undergraduate and / or postgraduate university programs (Applies to applicants graduated from other universities and graduates from 2009-1 backwards).
  • Personal resume.
  • Two color photographs, size 3x4 (Applies to applicants who file the physical documentation)
  • Digitally attach the documentation in the registration form. In case the documentation loaded is incomplete or the registration is not considered, it will not be taken into account.

Selection process

Formally registered applicants will continue the selection process:

  • Phase I: Resume Evaluation and Admission Exam (50%)
  • Phase II: Preproposal doctoral thesis (20%)
  • Phase III: Interview (30%)

Based on the results of the previous tests will come the lists of admitted and people on the waiting list.

An email will be sent to those admitted from the Postgraduate Office, indicating the requirements for academic and financial enrollment.

Program taught in:
Spanish (Colombia)
Last updated March 21, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Jan 2020
5 years
168,170,000 COP
COP 16,817,000 per semester
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