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Graduate Certificate in Clinical Epidemiology

The University of Newcastle’s Graduate Certificate in Clinical Epidemiology provides health care professionals with an introduction to clinical epidemiology. You will learn basic research skills and obtain fundamental principles of clinical epidemiology, which can be applied to your current profession.

The Graduate Certificate is the first level of postgraduate education and can be completed in six months full time. For a more comprehensive educational grounding, you should consider a Master of Clinical Epidemiology.

Throughout the program you will be introduced to the basic concepts of clinical epidemiology. You will learn to apply the principles of epidemiology and biostatistics in a practical manner to improve your clinical decision making and develop your research skills to investigate clinical and population based health problems.

With the practical skills and knowledge you will have gained from the program through the University of Newcastle, you can expand your capabilities, work to a new level of expertise and increase your career potential.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your Graduate Certificate in Clinical Epidemiology at a time that suits you.

Explore this page and find out if the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Epidemiology is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.

Is it for you?

Are you working in the health sector and interested in expanding your understanding and application of clinical epidemiology? If so then the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Epidemiology may be for you.

Epidemiology is an interdisciplinary field that draws on a vast range of sciences to uncover medical mysteries that affect populations. You will be able to apply epidemiological concepts to determine how and why certain diseases occur in certain places, and work to find solutions to prevent them.

Epidemiology utilise biostatistics, microbiology, toxicology, clinical medicine, nutrition, psychology, economics and behavioural sciences. With this in mind, to be accepted into the Master of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Newcastle, you will have a bachelor degree in Medicine, Pharmacy, Mathematics, Statistics, Science or Applied Science in a health related discipline and related practical experience.

At the completion of this program, you will have a basic research skills, a fundamental understanding of epidemiological concepts and knowledge of the application of methods in biostatistics in a variety of health settings.

To find out more about what you will study, visit the ‘Study’ tab.

Career Pathways

The University of Newcastle's Graduate Certificate Clinical Epidemiology will provide you with an understanding of epidemiology which can be applied to your current career in health sector.

As a graduate you will have a basic research skills, a fundamental understanding of epidemiological concepts and knowledge of the application of methods in biostatistics.

With the practical skills and knowledge you will have gained from the program through the University of Newcastle, you can expand your capabilities, work to a new level of expertise and increase your career potential.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Master of Clinical Epidemiology visit the ‘details’ tab.

Specialisations

Epidemiologists study diverse health care issues, perform research on serious, life-threatening diseases, diseases that are considered infectious, illnesses that run in families or medical conditions that have occurred as a result of exposure to environmental pollutants.

Throughout the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Epidemiology you will be introduced to the basic concepts of epidemiology. You will learn to apply the principles of epidemiology and biostatistics in a practical manner, improving your clinical decision making ability and research skills. With this understanding you will be able to better investigate clinical and population based health problems.

The Graduate Certificate is the first level of postgraduate education and can be completed in six months. For a more comprehensive educational experience you would be best to consider the Master of Clinical Epidemiology.

You will learn to draw upon and integrate knowledge of the research methods from a range of health disciplines in the development of epidemiological research.

The program will have you study three core courses in the areas of clinical epidemiology and epidemiology, and a directed course enabling you to tailor your program to best suit your career objectives.

To find out more about where the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Epidemiology can lead you, visit the 'Careers' tab.

Get Started

Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

The University of Newcastle recognises the value of informal learning gained through professional experience. Admission to the Graduate certificate in Clinical Epidemiology program is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination of education, professional experience and industry qualifications.

Applicants who have completed three year undergraduate degree (in field such as mathematics, science, applied science, nursing, medicine, pharmacy, allied health, psychology, sociology or social sciences) are eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Epidemiology. Please ensure a certified copy of your academic transcript is included with your online application.

Applicants with a degree in other fields, or equivalent qualifications, will also be considered for admission. Please ensure that certified academic transcripts and a detailed curriculum vitae are included with your online application.

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID.  You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency”.

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