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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely. 

About this course

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Epidemiology is a flexible fully online degree with optional face-to-face components for clinicians and clinical researchers to learn 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?

  • Build a solid foundation for clinical research - You will receive rigorous, structured end-to-end training enabling you to contribute at all  stages along the clinical research pathway – concept, design, statistical analysis, translating into practice and implementing in policy and guidelines. Most students aim to do research projects that are part of their clinical training requirements, but some proceed to do a PhD to become a career clinical researcher.
  • Learn evidence-based clinical practice - Learning the skills required to do high quality clinical research underpins and drives evidence-based clinical practice. You will acquire the skills to find, interpret and evaluate research evidence to improve patient care and health outcomes. 
  • Learn from experts in clinical epidemiology - As a clinical epidemiology student, you will learn from leading clinical epidemiologists with clinical backgrounds who have extensive experience in doing clinical research.
  • Flexible study options - Our clinical epidemiology programs are designed with busy professionals in mind. They can be completed 100% online, with part and full-time study options available. Most subjects do not have fixed-time components such as webinars, allowing you to study at your own pace. Some subjects have optional face-to-face components for students who want some on-campus experience. You only pay for the units you enrol in each semester and your course may be tax deductible. 

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 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.

Who should study this course?

  • Health care professionals, clinical researchers and health decision makers who want to learn clinical research methods
  • Health care professionals who want to learn evidence-based practice skills.

What is the difference between public health and clinical epidemiology?

Public health medicine aims to improve health of the entire populations and communities, but in clinical epidemiology the focus is on providing the evidence and information needs for individual patients and their clinicians.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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

Your admission criteria

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission criteria’ section on this page.

Your fee

Scholarships

We’ve relaunched our scholarships program and offer a variety of postgraduate coursework scholarships for both domestic and international students.

Criteria, eligibility and application deadlines vary. Check the scholarships website or contact the school directly for more information.

We’ve relaunched our scholarships program and offer a variety of postgraduate coursework scholarships for both domestic and international students.

Criteria, eligibility and application deadlines vary. Check the scholarships website or contact the school directly for more information.

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Please be advised that the following documents are required to be included in the application for this program:

  • Statement of intent - please specify the reason(s) why you would like to apply for this program and how do you think it will be beneficial to you after completing the program.
  • Current CV Academic transcript
  • Proof of ID

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Please be advised that the following documents are required to be included in the application for this program:

Statement of intent - please specify the reason(s) why you would like to apply for this program and how do you think it will be beneficial to you after completing the program

Current CV Academic transcript

Proof of ID

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

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.

The graduate certificate 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 certificate, or use it as a pathway into a master's degree in the discipline, subject to meeting admission requirements.

Explore the Medicine and Health Postgraduate Handbook to learn more about what you will study as part of this degree:

Units of Study

Who you'll learn from

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.

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Course options

This program is available at multiple levels to suit your professional and personal needs. The courses are embedded, allowing you to step from one to the next at your own pace. 

 *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.

Professional accreditation

Clinical epidemiology alumni may be eligible to apply for CPD/CME points with medical colleges in which they are completing their training.

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.