Master of Clinical Epidemiology

The University of Newcastle, GradSchool (Online)

Program Description

Master of Clinical Epidemiology

The University of Newcastle, GradSchool (Online)


The University of Newcastle’s Master of Clinical Epidemiology focuses on health care research. You will learn how to conceptualise, design and carry out health care research applying epidemiologic methods, and to apply the best available research evidence to clinical practices and health care.

Throughout this program you will develop an advanced understanding and practical application of the theoretical frameworks, effectively preparing you for a career in clinical epidemiology.

As a clinical epidemiologist you will generally work for a health care service with the fundamental objective of finding ways to reduce the burden of disease, and control communicable disease epidemics. Other possible avenues are in research, as an academic or a policy advisor.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your fully accredited Master of Clinical Epidemiology at a time that suits you.

Is it for you?

To practice clinical epidemiology is to be a medical detective – researching epidemics and diseases such as cancer, heart disease, infectious diseases or other serious health conditions.

Epidemiology is an interdisciplinary field that draws on a vast range of sciences to uncover medical mysteries that affect populations. As an epidemiologist you will be able to determine how and why certain diseases occur in certain places, and work to find solutions to prevent them.

Epidemiology utilise biostatistics, microbiology, toxicology, clinical medicine, psychology and behavioural sciences. With this in mind, to be accepted into the Master of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Newcastle, you will have a bachelor degree in Medicine, Pharmacy, Mathematics, Statistics, Science or Applied Science in a health related discipline and related practical experience.

At the completion of this program, you will have a strong research capability and improve clinical decision-making, an advanced understanding of epidemiological concepts, knowledge of the application of methods in biostatistics and economics in a variety of health settings. With practical experience conducting research throughout the program, you will be professionally trained with superior competencies in relevant research methodologies, ready to begin or further your career as an epidemiologist.

Career Pathways

As a graduate you will have a strong research capability, an advanced understanding of epidemiological concepts, knowledge of the application of methods in biostatistics, and economics in a variety of health settings.

The University of Newcastle's Master of Clinical Epidemiology will provide you with an advanced knowldege base to begin your career as an epidemiologist.

Most graduates will work for a health care service with the main goal of finding ways to halt or avoid communicable epidemics. Other possible avenues are research or an academic career or a policy advisor.

As an epidemiologist your work may involve:

  • Studying the history of a population’s health and how it has changed over time.
  • Diagnosing the health of a community, drawing on specific characteristics such as ethnicity, socio-economic background and geographic location.
  • Studying the workings of health services, also known as ‘Operations Research’, to identify areas that may be lacking or overlapping health services.
  • Studying an individual's risks – their prognosis over time, how long they are expected to live.
  • Studying the full manifestations of a disease.

With a Master of Clinical Epidemiology you can build upon your existing professional experience to transition into a new field of expertise. Using your advanced practical skills and knowledge gained from the Master of Clinical Epidemiology, you will open the door to new career opportunities in the interdisciplinary field of clinical epidemiology.

Specialisations

As an epidemiologist you will study diverse health care issues, perform research on serious, life-threatening diseases, diseases that are considered infectious, illnesses that run in families or medical conditions that have occurred as a result of exposure to environmental pollutants.

Through the University of Newcastle’s Master of Clinical Epidemiology you will learn how to conceptualise, design and carry out epidemiological research addressing priority health concerns in both clinical and community settings. You will have a comprehensive understanding of how to collect and analyse information on the behaviour of a disease as well as learn to write explanations about research and talk to the public about the results of investigations.

As an epidemiologist you may also investigate medications to make sure that the prescribed dosages are working for the people and carry out research to ensure that the side effects are minimised.

You will learn to effectively draw upon and integrate knowledge of the research methods from a range of health disciplines in the development of epidemiological research. You will also improve your clinical decision making skills.

The program will have you study six core courses in the areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, clinical epidemiology and research protocol design. You then have a selection of elective courses enabling you to tailor your education to best suit your career objectives.

Admission Requirements

Minimum of a four year undergraduate degree in a related field such as biomedical science, applied science, nursing, medicine, pharmacy, allied health, psychology, sociology and social/behavioural science. Applicants with a three year undergraduate degree should possess an Honours degree or additional postgraduate qualifications such as a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; or a minimum of one year’s work expereince in a related field.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated April 10, 2016
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