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Graduate Certificate in Clinical Epidemiology

Discover clinical epidemiology at the University of Sydney

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Overview

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

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Epidemiology develops the capabilities of both clinical researchers and practitioners by teaching the skills needed to generate high quality clinical research, and to find, interpret and evaluate research evidence to improve patient care outcomes.

Why study this course? 

  • As a clinical epidemiology student, you will learn from leading experts drawn from a wide range of clinical and academic fields who have considerable experience integrating research into their clinical work.
  • Your enhanced abilities in delivering Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) will progress your career as a clinician.
  • Accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), our course will provide you with the knowledge and skills in clinical epidemiology that will enable you to incorporate best evidence into your own clinical practice and progress your career as a clinician.
  • You will offer superior care to your patients.
  • This program also covers all the essentials for the clinical researcher and provides a solid foundation for those interested in pursuing a research career.

How will you learn? 

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

What will you learn?

Throughout this six month degree, you will learn how to integrate theory into your day-to-day work as you develop the research skills required by many clinical training positions.

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Epidemiology is embedded within the Master of Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) or Master of Science in Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology). The master's degrees build on concepts learned during the graduate diploma and graduate certificate and provide additional training in research methodology. You may choose to complete the graduate diploma, or use it as a pathway into a master's degree in the discipline, subject to meeting admission requirements.

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).

The information on this page applies to prospective students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

Scholarships

How to apply

What you'll study

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Epidemiology consists of 24 credit points (cp), including 12cp of core units and 12cp of elective units of study from Part A Electives.

Units of Study

Admission criteria

A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Epidemiology will hold:

  • a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or
  • a bachelor's degree with first or second class honours from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification.

All students entering the program are expected to have some clinical experience. 

In exceptional circumstances the dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the school, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

Course options

 *Open to applicants with a non-medical qualification in a health-related discipline.

**Open to applicants with a medical qualification (MBBS or MD)

***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.

Future study options

You may choose to use the graduate certificate as a pathway into a master’s degree in the discipline, subject to meeting admission criteria.

Career Pathways

This course provides students with knowledge and skills in clinical epidemiology that will enable them to incorporate best evidence into their own clinical practice.

 

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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