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Discover clinical epidemiology at the University of Sydney

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Overview

This course is available to be studied in several different study modes, including online or face-to-face. Check study modes offered in the 'course details’ section below.

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has also reviewed the availability of the face-to-face version of this course, and this will be available for students to study remotely whilst the Australian border remains closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

About this course

The Graduate Diploma 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. 

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

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 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 requirements’ 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 - 31 January 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 (February) 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 - 15 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 25 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 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

The Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology consists of 36 credit points (cp), including 12cp of core units and 24cp of elective units. Students must select a minimum of 18cp from Part A Electives and a maximum of 6cp from Part B Electives.

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; or
  • completion of the first 4 years of an undergraduate medical degree that is accredited by the Australian Medical Council, and a letter
    of recommendation from the head of clinical school/medical program supporting concurrent enrolment while completing degree requirements.

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.