Clinical Epidemiology

Admission requirements


Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Epidemiology or the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology requires:

  • a medical degree, or
  • an undergraduate first or second class honours degree in a health-related discipline, or
  • an undergraduate degree in a health-related discipline plus a minimum of 12 months research or work experience equivalent to an honours year.


Admission to the Master of Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) requires:

  • a medical degree


Admission to the Master of Science in Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) requires:

  • an undergraduate first or second class honours degree in a health-related discipline, or
  • an undergraduate degree in a health-related discipline plus a minimum of 12 months research or work experience equivalent to an honours year.


All courses in the Clinical Epidemiology Program require clinical experience, which can include clinical research experience.

See course Rules for further details.

Course structure

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Epidemiology requires the successful completion of 24 credit points of units of study including:

  • 12 credit points of core units of study; and
  • 12 credit points of elective units of study from Part A Electives.

The Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology requires the successful completion of 36 credit points of units of study including:

  • 12 credit points of core units of study; and
  • 24 credit points of elective units of study, consisting of:
    a) a minimum of 18 credit points from Part A Electives; and
    b) a maximum of 6 credit points from Part B Electives.

The Master of Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) and the Master of Science in Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) require the successful completion of 48 credit points of units of study including:

  • 12 credit points of core units of study; and
  • a minimum of 6 credit points of capstone units of study; and
  • 30 credit points of additional elective units of study, consisting of:
    a) a minimum of 18 credit points from Part A Electives; and
    b) a maximum of 12 credit points from Part B Electives.

Unit of study availability

Core Units of Study


Unit of Study code and name

Credit point Delivery mode

Offered in Semester 1 only

PUBH5018
Introductory Biostatistics

6 face to face; online

Offered in Semester 1 and Semester 2

CEPI5100
Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology

6 face to face; online

Capstone Units of Study

Master degree students must complete a minimum of 6 credit points from the following:


Unit of Study code and name

Credit point Delivery mode
Offered in Semester 1 and Semester 2
CEPI5205
Doing a Systematic Review
6  supervision
CEPI5207
Advanced - Teaching Clinical Epidemiology
6  supervision
CEPI5215
Writing and Reviewing Medical Papers
6  online; block mode
CEPI5505
Clinical Epidemiology Project 1
2  supervision
CEPI5506
Clinical Epidemiology Project 2
4  supervision
Offered in Semester 1 only

CEPI5300
Health and Medical Research Grants:Theory and Practice  

6  face to face; online

Elective units of study

Elective options are split into two sections – Part A Electives and Part B Electives. See the unit of study table for the breakdown. The general guidelines for Parts A and B Electives are below, as reflected in the course rules.

Part A Electives

  • Graduate Certificate students may take 12 credit points of elective units of study from Part A Electives;
  • Graduate Diploma students must take a minimum of 18 credit points from Part A Electives;
  • Master’s degree students must take a minimum of 18 credit points from Part A Electives.

Part B Electives

  • Graduate Certificate students may not take Part B Electives;
  • Graduate Diploma students can take a maximum of 6 credit points from Part B Electives;
  • Master’s degree students can take a maximum of 12 credit points from Part B Electives.


Please note, students must ensure that they fulfil all essential prerequisites before enrolling in electives.

Full-time students commencing mid-year should discuss their elective choices with the course coordinator before enrolling.