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Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology

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Overview

The University of Newcastle’s Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology focuses on public health. You will learn how to conceptualise, design and carry out epidemiological research addressing priority health concerns in both clinical and community settings.

Throughout this 12 month Graduate Diploma you will develop the theoretical framework and practical applications of the field, preparing you for a career in clinical epidemiology.

As a clinical epidemiologist you will generally work for a health care service with the fundamental objective of finding ways to halt or avoid communicable epidemics. Other possible avenues are in research, as an academic or policy advisor.

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 fully accredited Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology at a time that suits you.

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

Is it for you?

To practice clinical epidemiology is to be a medical detective – researching epidemics and diseases such as cancer, heart disease, infectious diseases or other serious health conditions.

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

Epidemiology utilise statistics, biostatistics, microbiology, toxicology, clinical medicine, psychology and behavioural sciences. With this in mind, to be accepted into the Graduate Diploma in 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 an intermediate research capability, understanding of epidemiological concepts, knowledge of the application of methods in biostatistics and economics in a variety of health settings. With practical experience conducting research throughout the 12 month program, you will be professionally trained with competencies in relevant research methodologies, ready to begin your career as an epidemiologist.

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Study

As an epidemiologist you will 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 University of Newcastle’s Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology you will learn how to conceptualise, design and carry out epidemiological research addressing priority health concerns in both clinical and community settings. You will understand how to collect and analyse information on the behaviour of a disease as well as learn to write explanations about research.

As an epidemiologist you may also investigate medications to make sure that the prescribed dosages are working for the people and carry out research to ensure that the side effects are minimised.

The program will have you study five core courses in the areas of biostatistics, epidemiology and clinical epidemiology. You then have a selection of elective courses enabling you to tailor your education to best suit your career objectives.

This program offers an intermediate level of clinical epidemiological education. For a more advanced level of postgraduate education, you can study the Master of Clinical Epidemiology.

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

Careers

As a graduate you will have an intermediate research capability, an understanding of epidemiological concepts, knowledge of the application of methods in biostatistics and economics in a variety of health settings.

The University of Newcastle's Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology will provide you with the knowledge base to begin your career as an epidemiologist.

Most graduates will work for a health care service with the main goal of finding ways to halt or avoid communicable epidemics. Other possible avenues are research or an academic career or a policy advisor.

As an epidemiologist your work may involve:

  • Studying the history of a population’s health and how it has changed over time.
  • Diagnosing the health of a community, drawing on specific characteristics such as ethnicity, socio-economic background and geographic location.
  • Studying the workings of health services, also known as ‘Operations Research’, to identify areas that may be lacking or overlapping health services.
  • Studying an individual's risks – their prognosis over time, how long they are expected to live.
  • Studying the full manifestations of a disease.

With a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology you can build upon your existing professional experience to transition into a new field of expertise. With the practical skills and knowledge you will have gained from the Graduate Diploma, you will open the door to new career opportunities in the interdisciplinary field of clinical epidemiology.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology visit the ‘details’ tab.10965

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