Clinical Investigation Sciences

The School of Public Health and Information Sciences (SPHIS) offers two programs for studies in Clinical Investigation Sciences (CIS): The Masters in Science (MSc) in CIS and the Certificate in CIS. These programs provide physicians, dentists, nurses and other health professionals an opportunity to acquire the clinical research skills necessary for a career in an academic health center or clinical research setting.

  • The Masters in Science in Clinical Investigation Sciences curriculum integrates biostatistical and epidemiologic methods in a problem-based learning format with additional instruction in several other biomedical and public health topics. Students pursuing the masters degree take didactic courses while they engage in mentored and independent research that culminates in the preparation of a professional paper. Click here to view the current CIS MSc curriculum. Click here to view the current MSc in CIS Student Handbook.
  • The Certificate in Clinical Investigation Sciences provides valuable skills and training in clinical research in a condensed, 15 credit hour program ideal for medical residents, nurses, and other full-time medical professionals interested in being involved with clinical trials. Coursework is offered both online and in the late afternoon/evening, providing the greatest flexibility for students with demanding schedules. The certificate coursework culminates in the preparation of a research paper mentored by the program director.  Click here to view the current Certificate in CIS curriculum. Click here to view the current Certificate in CIS Student Handbook.

Admission Information

Applicants to the Clinical Investigation Sciences programs must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with research experience (e.g. research coordinator) or that have completed a professional degree (e.g. DMD., DO, MD, BSN or MSN) are preferred. For specific information about the degree programs or the application process, students should contact , Program Director, 502-852-3019, or Bryan Mathis, Program Coordinator, 502-852-6263.

Click here for the university's online Graduate Application for Admission. Additional application information is also available on each curriculum page referenced above.


The School of Public Health and Information Sciences is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

The University of Louisville is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

For more information, see the School’s accreditation webpage.

For Additional Information

Contact us at:
University of Louisville
School of Public Health and Information Sciences
Louisville, KY 40292
Phone: (502) 852-6263
Fax: (502) 852-3294

CIS Program Office

, MD
Program Director

Bryan Mathis
Program Coordinator Senior
Phone: 502-852-6263 Email:

    Stay connected TwitterFacebook LinkedIn YouTubeInstagram