Overview

Master of Clinical Epidemiology

The University of Newcastle’s Master of Clinical Epidemiology focuses on health care research. You will learn how to conceptualise, design and carry out health care research applying epidemiologic methods, and to apply the best available research evidence to clinical practices and health care.

Throughout this 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 reduce the burden of disease, and control communicable disease epidemics. Other possible avenues are in research, as an academic or a 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 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 and improve clinical decision-making, 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 program, you will be professionally trained with superior competencies in relevant research methodologies, ready to begin or further your career as an epidemiologist.

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

Career Pathways

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 knowldege 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.

Specialisations

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. You will also improve your clinical decision making skills.

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.

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 Master of Clinical Epidemiology program is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination of education, professional experience and industry qualifications.

The table below outlines the number of years experience required, depending on your previous educational qualifications.

 

Educational Qualification Number of years relevant industry experience
Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree in a related field of Study (including hospital trained nurses) Five
3 year Bachelor degree in a related field of study Zero
3 year Bachelor degree in a non-related field of study One
Bachelor of Medicine/MBBS, or a Bachelor (Hons) degree or a 3 year Bachelor degree PLUS a Graduate Certificate/Diploma in a related field of study. Zero

For the Master of Clinical Epidemiology program, related fields of study are Mathematics, Science, Applied Science, Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy, Allied Health, Psychology, Sociology Social/behavioural science disciplines.

If you would like your professional qualifications and/or work experience to be considered, please provide certified copies of all relevant qualifications, a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.

PLEASE NOTE: All applications for recognition of prior learning based on experience and professional development will be assessed by the program convenor. The information outlined above is indicative only.

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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