Clinical Epidemiology


Clinical epidemiology teaches clinicians how to acquire the best available research evidence and apply it to patient care. Clinical epidemiology is for those interested in practising evidence-based healthcare; for the "users" and "doers" of clinical research.

Students entering the clinical epidemiology programs are expected to have some clinical experience.

Clinical Epidemiology course structure, core and elective units of study.

Scholarships for local Masters Students

In 2014 the University of Sydney is offering a limited number of scholarships for students enrolling in the Master of Clinical Epidemiology. The scholarships equate to a fee reduction over the life of the Master degrees, and are offered on a competitive basis, awarded on academic merit and achievement relative to opportunity. These scholarships are only open to local students applying for Masters degrees, on a full or part-time basis. Interested applicants are asked to indicate that they wish to be considered, by including a statement within their letter of intent as they submit their coursework application. Please note that the scholarship applications deadline is 31 January 2014. Students commencing their study in semester 2 2014 are eligible to apply for the semester 1 2015 scholarship applications round. Please contact Clinical Epidemiology to obtain further information.


Some students may be eligible for government financial help in the form of Austudy during their studies as both the Master of Clinical Epidemiology and the Graduate Diploma are approved courses for Austudy payments. To be eligible you must be at least 25 years of age, be enrolled full-time, be an Australian resident, and meet income and assets test requirements. Further information about austudy is avaiable via this link


To train clinicians with superior diagnostic, evaluation and clinical research skills. Advanced units of study include:

  • Introduction to genetic epidemiology
  • Patient-based measures
  • Decision analysis
  • Advanced evaluation of diagnostic tests

Outcomes for graduates

Our courses give clinicians the opportunity to learn the principles of clinical epidemiology and 'best evidence', and have been designed to ensure that the theory learned is applied to patient-based examples and readily integrated into day-to-day work and research.
These advanced clinical skills will benefit:

  • Medical practitioners and specialists
  • Nurses
  • Midwives
  • Physiotherapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Other allied health professionals

Why study clinical epidemiology with us

  • Our programs are taught by clinicians for clinicians, making them highly relevant to your professional work.
  • Our staff have wide-ranging clinical experience which enriches your learning experience. Read more about our staff here.
  • Your enhanced abilities in delivering Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) will progress your career as a clinician
  • We offer you flexibility to choose full-time or part-time study as well as online, face-to-face or a mix of both modes of delivery.
  • You will offer superior care to your patients

Study programs available

  • Master of Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) - for MBBS graduates
  • Master of Science in Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) - for non-MBBS graduates
  • Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology
  • Graduate Certificate in Clinical Epidemiology

Students entering the clinical epidemiology programs are expected to have some clinical experience.

Professional development short courses