Master of Clinical Epidemiology

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Overview

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.

Domestic Student Program and Fee Summary
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Program Intake
  • Semester 1
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Number of Courses
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Program Code

40030

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International Student Program and Fee Summary
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Program Intake
  • Semester 1
Tuition Fees
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Number of Courses
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CRICOS

088915G

Program Code

40030

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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.

What Will You 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. 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.

Career Opportunities

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.

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, and professional experience.

Applicants will be considered if they can demonstrate one of the following:

  • A minimum four year undergraduate degree in a related field.
  • A three year undergraduate degree, plus Honours or postgraduate qualifications in a related field.
  • A minimum three year undergraduate degree, plus a minimum of one year experience in a related field.

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

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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Courses and Details

Program Code 40030
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Online
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
CRICOS Code 088915G
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Admission Instructions:

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Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Combination of Online and Face to Face
Program Plans

Description

This program provides graduates with a strong research capacity, an advanced understanding of epidemiological concepts, and knowledge of the application of methods in biostatistics, and economics in a variety of health settings. The program has a strong public health focus, and aims to provide participants with the competencies to conceptualise, design and carry out epidemiological research that addresses priority health problems in both clinical and community settings. Finally it aims to integrate knowledge of the research methods from a range of health disciplines in the development of epidemiological research.

Admission Requirements

Minimum of a four year undergraduate degree in a related field such as biomedical science, applied science, nursing, medicine, pharmacy, allied health, psychology, sociology and social/behavioural science. Applicants with a three year undergraduate degree should possess an Honours degree or additional postgraduate qualifications such as a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; or a minimum of one year’s work expereince in a related field.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438

Transition Arrangements

Students enrolled in the current Master of Clinical Epidemiology degree and who have not yet completed the requirements for the revised program will be offered the opportunity to transfer to the revised program. For those students who do not wish to transfer, all Core and Directed courses will continue to be offered, so students will be able to complete the degree they have enrolled in.

Students enrolled in the current degree and who have already completed the requirements for the revised program will be offered the opportunity to graduate with a Master degree.

Requirements and Structure

Students must complete a total of 80 units of study comprising 60 units of Core Courses and 20 units of Directed Courses.

Course Information

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfill the requirements of this program.

Code Name Availability Units
BIOS6910 Biostatistics A Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
BIOS6920 Biostatistics B Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EPID6410 Clinical Epidemiology Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EPID6420 Epidemiology A - Basic Methods Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EPID6430 Epidemiology B - Research Designs Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EPID6600 Research Protocol Design Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 20 units from Directed Courses.

Code Name Availability Units
ABOR6007 Investigating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in the public health context Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
BIOS6940 Intermediate Biostatistics in Epidemiology Not currently offered 10 units
BIOS6990 Applied Longitudinal Analysis Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
EPID6460 Epidemiology of Communicable Diseases Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
EPID6470 Infectious Disease Surveillance Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
EPID6500 Methods in Pharmacoepidemiology Not currently offered 10 units
EPID6530 Pharmacoepidemiology:Policy and Economics Issues Not currently offered 10 units
EPID6660 Public Health Implications of an Ageing Population Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
EPID6770 Introduction to Molecular & Genetic Epidemiology Not currently offered 10 units
HLSC6101 Workplace Injury Management Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
HPRO6715 Foundations of Health Promotion Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
HPRO6900 Health Promotion Planning and Evaluation Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6130 Basis of Drug/Alcohol Problems Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6295 Managing Challenging Behaviours: Psychological Solutions Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6320 Stroke: Acute Management Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6340 Stroke Rehabilitation Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
OHSE6010 Occupational Health Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
OHSE6050 Current Practice in Occupational Health and Safety Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
PUBH6150 Introduction to Quality and Safety in Health Care Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
PUBH6210 Qualitative Methods in Health Research Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
PUBH6250 Health Economics Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
PUBH6290 Economic evaluation of health care Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
PUBH6301 Chronic Disease and Injury Control Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
PUBH6303 Special Project in Public Health Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
PUBH6304 Global Health Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
PUBH6305 Global Health Systems and Policy Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.

International students can only study this program online offshore.

Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

The Faculty accepts that it is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations for students with special needs, in liaison with the Student Support Unit, which offers practical assistance and advice to students with a disability or chronic illness. The Faculty will seek advice from the Student Support Unit as to what constitutes “reasonable accommodations” under Anti-Discrimination legislation.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit [email protected].

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