Clinical Epidemiology


Clinical epidemiology extends the principles of epidemiology to clinical practice. It incorporates the location, evaluation and application of the best evidence to patient care by clinicians as well as the generation of high quality research evidence by clinical researchers.

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 2015 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 2015. Students commencing their study in semester 2 2015 are eligible to apply for the semester 1 2016 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

Clinical Epidemiology Accreditation

Clinical Epidemiology alumni may apply for CPD/CME points with the following collages:

  • Surgeons
  • Physicians
  • General Practitioners
  • Radiology
  • Pathology
  • Obstetricians
  • Emergency Medicine

Clinical Epidemiology Program is accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Additionally:

  • Paediatric Surgery – Clinical Epidemiology may be granted points for Surgical Education & Training applications.
  • Urology - applicants who complete a Graduate Diploma (Clinical Epidemiology), Master of Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) or Master of Science in Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) may attain points in the Qualifications section of their CV. No points can be awarded for qualifications commenced in the year of application. All SET Urology trainees are required to undertake the Critical Literature Evaluation and Research (CLEAR) course which is provided by the RACS. SET Urology trainees could apply for exemption from the CLEAR course if they had completed the Graduate Diploma (Clinical Epidemiology), the Master of Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) or the Master of Science in Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology)
  • Vascular Surgery - applicants may be awarded points for attending Clinical Epidemiology courses.
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - applicants for selection into the Training Program (SET) are given one point for completing Clinical Epidemiology degrees.

CEPI5100 Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology has been approved by the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine for the Trainee Research Requirement.

Apply now for the available programs

  • 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

Professional development short courses