Graduate Diploma in Epidemiology (4739)

  • Approved Abbreviation: GradDipEpidemiology
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 4739
  • AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 088190F

The Graduate Diploma in Epidemiology is a one year program designed for both clinicians (medical, nursing and allied health) and practitioners from health-related fields (public health, environmental health, communicable disease control) seeking to improve their knowledge of key areas of health-related research. It provides an understanding of epidemiological concepts and methods and their application in clinical, public health and health policy settings. Its core subjects include introductory and advanced subjects in epidemiology and biostatistics, while a range of specialist electives can be undertaken including disease surveillance, research protocol design and statistical modelling.

Early Exit

Students may exit this program on completion of 40 credit points with a 4740 Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology

Study Mode

One year full-time or two years part-time.

Program Advice

Dr Kate McBride

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |


Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Online Full Time Online See above
Online Part Time Online See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Full Time Internal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Part Time Internal See above

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this program that you must meet in order to complete your program and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this program online.

Inherent requirements


Applicants must have an undergraduate degree or higher, in any discipline.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application. 

Statement of Service form

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

All other International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.  

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Recommended Sequence

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 80 credit points which include the subjects listed in the recommended sequence below.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
HLTH 7008 Introduction to Biostatistics 10
Select one of the following: 10
Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology  
Introduction to Epidemiology  
Select two alternate subjects from the pool below 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
PUBH 7002 Analytic Approaches in Epidemiology 10
Select three alternate subjects from the pool below 30
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points80

Alternate Subjects

Subject Title Credit Points
HLTH 7001A Global Perspective on Social Determinants of Health10
PUBH 7004Communicable Diseases10
PUBH 7005Controversies in Epidemiology10
PUBH 7006Data Management and Programming for Epidemiology10
PUBH 7008Environmental Epidemiology10
PUBH 7010Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases10
PUBH 7012Health Economics and Comparative Health Systems10
PUBH 7015Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology10
AGEN 7005Research Protocol Design and Practice10
PUBH 7025Statistical Methods in Epidemiology10