Clinical Epidemiology

Study Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Sydney


Clinical Epidemiology is the science behind good clinical research and evidence-based clinical decision making.

Our programs are designed to develop both clinical researchers and practitioners by teaching the skills needed to generate high quality clinical research, as well as the skills to locate, appraise, interpret and apply the best research evidence to patient care. This program will also develop the research skills required by many clinical training positions.

The course is delivered in a flexible format, with face-to-face, online or block-mode delivery options, suitable for busy professionals.

Why study clinical epidemiology with us?

  • Our programs are taught by clinicians for clinicians, making them highly relevant to your professional work.
  • Our staffs 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.
  • Your enhanced skills in research design and analysis techniques will enable you to produce high quality clinical research.

Who should study this course?

Our courses are designed to meet the needs of both the ‘users’ of clinical epidemiology (those who want their clinical decision making to be based on the best available evidence), and the ‘doers’ of clinical epidemiology (those who want to learn the skills required to do high quality clinical research).

Graduate opportunities

The Clinical Epidemiology program will provide you with the knowledge and skills in clinical epidemiology that will enable you to incorporate best evidence into your own clinical practice. The program also covers all the essentials for the clinical researcher and provides a solid foundation for those interested in pursuing a research career.

Professional recognition/ accreditation

Clinical epidemiology alumni may apply for CPD/CME points with the following colleges:

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

The Clinical Epidemiology program is accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). In addition, you may be awarded points or apply for exemption for the following:

  • Paediatric Surgery - Clinical Epidemiology may be granted points for surgical education and training applications.
  • Urology - applicants who complete a graduate diploma or master’s course may attain points in the qualifications section of their CV. 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 or the master’s course in the Clinical Epidemiology program.
  • 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.

Course options

Scholarships for domestic students

The Sydney School of Public Health offers a limited number of scholarships for students enrolling in either of the Master of Clinical Epidemiology degrees. The scholarships equate to a fee reduction over the life of the degrees, and are offered on a competitive basis, awarded on academic merit and achievement relative to opportunity.

These scholarships are only open to domestic students applying for Master’s degrees, on a full or part-time basis. Please note that the scholarship applications deadline is 31 January 2017. Students commencing their study in Semester 2, 2016 are eligible to apply for the Semester 1, 2017 scholarship applications round.

Interested applicants should send an , attaching a completed Scholarship Application Form, current resume, cover letter and academic transcript.

Additional Information

  • Flexible learning opportunities, including the ability to complete the entire degree by distance.
  • Full-time and part-time study options available.
  • Short course/professional development options - enrol in a normal unit of study as a non-award student to improve your skills in clinical epidemiology and get a taste of what we have to offer.

Meet our alumni


Master of Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) 2016

"The clinical epidemiology program at Sydney Medical School is uniquely designed to be both highly practical and very challenging. The combination of clinical and public health aspects in this program make it perfectly suited for practitioners working both at the point of care and the policy levels.

The University of Sydney expanded my leadership potential and provided a valuable network of friends, academics and staff. The staff has been very supportive in every aspect of my stay, both academically and emotionally. I received amazing support, guidance and collaboration throughout my studies.

I have acquired tremendous practical health research skills that built my confidence to establish a core cancer research team at the National Cancer Centre in Cambodia.”