Master of Clinical Epidemiology

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Overview

The University of Newcastle’s Master of 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 18 month Masters program you will develop an advanced understanding and practical application of the theoretical frameworks, effectively 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 Master of Clinical Epidemiology at a time that suits you.

Explore this page and find out if the Master of 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 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 strong research capability, an advanced 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 18 month program, you will be professionally trained with superior competencies in relevant research methodologies, ready to begin or further 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.

Through the University of Newcastle’s Master of 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 have a comprehensive understanding of how to collect and analyse information on the behaviour of a disease as well as learn to write explanations about research and talk to the public about the results of investigations.

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.

You will learn to effectively 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 six core courses in the areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, clinical epidemiology and research protocol design. You then have a selection of elective courses enabling you to tailor your education to best suit your career objectives.

To find out more about where the Master of Clinical Epidemiology can lead you, visit the 'Careers' tab.

Careers

As a graduate you will have a strong research capability, an advanced 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 Master of Clinical Epidemiology will provide you with an advanced 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 Master of Clinical Epidemiology you can build upon your existing professional experience to transition into a new field of expertise. Using your advanced practical skills and knowledge gained from the Master of Clinical Epidemiology, 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 Master of Clinical Epidemiology visit the ‘details’ tab.

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