The University of Newcastle’s Master of Clinical Epidemiology focuses on public health. You will learn how to conceptualise, design and carry out epidemiological research addressing priority health concerns in both clinical and community settings.

Throughout this 18 month Masters 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 halt or avoid communicable epidemics. Other possible avenues are in research, as an academic or 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.

Description

This program provides graduates with a strong research capacity, an advanced understanding of epidemiological concepts, and knowledge of the application of methods in biostatistics, and economics in a variety of health settings.

The program has a strong public health focus, and aims to provide participants with the competencies to conceptualise, design and carry out epidemiological research that addresses priority health problems in both clinical and community settings. Finally it aims to integrate knowledge of the research methods from a range of health disciplines in the development of epidemiological research.

Career Opportunities

Graduation from these programs helps to prepare for a career in education - Faculty appointments at tertiary institution; research - Research academic or research follow in clinical or public health focused research institutions; policy - Policy formulation, analysis and evaluation roles in government, private industry, or non-profit organisations or Public Health practice - at local or state health departments.

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.


Australia requirements for international students

In Australia each institution has its own application procedures and admission requirements so il would be better to contact your chosen university for an application form. To study here you'll need to apply for both admission to an institution and also for a student visa from the Australian Government so it's necessery to carefully check student visa information on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

Entry requirements can include: the academic requirements, evidence of funds to support your study and overseas student health cover. The academic requirements you need to study in Australia depend on the level of education you want to study. Indeed, in some cases, you may need to present your results of an English language test. 

You can choose up to six courses in your application. Each university you've applied to consider your application separately. This means that you may receive an offer from each course that you include in your application. 


Program requirements

Bachelor degree in Medicine, or an AQF Level 8 or equivalent four year bachelor degree with honours in Pharmacy, Mathematics, Statistics, Science or Applied Science in a health related discipline, or an AQF Level 8 or equivalent a four year bachelor degree with honours in a health related discipline or an AQF Level 8 or equivalent four year bachelor degree with honours in Arts (with a major sequence of study in psychology, sociology or other social/behavioural science discipline). In special circumstances an applicant holding other acceptable academic or professional qualifications and with relevant work experience may be admitted as a candidate.

FEE-HELP Information

FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible fee paying domestic students pay all or part of their tuition fees. It cannot be used for additional study costs such as accommodation or text books.

Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?

Important Information: Changes to Legislation - Higher Education Support Amendment (Student Contribution Amounts and Other Measures) Bill 2012.

Recent changes to legislation will impact Australian Citizens who are enrolling for the first time into a new program from 01 January 2013, and who will not be residing in Australia for at least the study period for one unit of study within the program. If you are in this category then you will not be eligible for Commonwealth support and/or HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan. You will be charged at the full fee tuition rate as set by the University for your study and will be responsible for the payment of these fees to the University.

If you are continuing in your current program you will continue to be eligible for Commonwealth support and HELP loans.

If you are a New Zealand citizen, or an Australian permanent resident who will not be located within Australia for the duration of your study, you will not be eligible for Commonwealth assistance.

For further information please contact fees@newcastle.edu.au or visit StudyAssist

You are eligible for FEE-HELP if you:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements:
    • you are an Australian citizen who will be residing in Australia for at least the study period for one unit of study within that program;or
    • a permanent humanitarian visa holder who will be a resident in Australia for the duration of your study within that program; or
    • you are a permanent visa holder who is undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of the study;
  • are enrolled in an eligible unit of study by the census date for that unit;
    have not exceeded the FEE-HELP limit (see below); and
  • have completed a Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF) for FEE-HELP as part of your enrolment; and:
  • you must have provided your valid TFN to the University.

How much can I borrow?

Eligible students can borrow up to the FEE HELP limit to pay their tuition fees.

For 2013, the FEE HELP limit is $116,507 for students undertaking medicine, dentistry and veterinary science courses (as defined in the Higher Education Support Act 2003), and $93,204 for all other students.

Note that the higher FEE HELP limit only applies to courses that lead to initial registration to practise in those fields. The lower limit will apply to any further study you undertake once you have gained the requisite level for initial registration.

Is there a loan fee?

There is a loan fee of 25% for FEE-HELP loans for undergraduate courses of study only. The loan fee does not count towards your FEE-HELP limit.

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