Master of Epidemiology

  • Approved Abbreviation: MEpidemiology
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 4738
  • AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 088189K

This program applies to students who commenced in 2020 or later.

The Master of Epidemiology program is designed for graduates interested in a career in health research, including clinicians (medical, nursing and allied health) and practitioners from health-related fields (public health, environmental health, communicable disease control). It provides an advanced understanding of epidemiological concepts and methods and their application in clinical, public health and health policy settings. A variety of electives allow acquisition of specialist skills and knowledge in areas including disease surveillance, research protocol design and statistical modelling. A capstone subject involving design and conduct of an epidemiological study, which may be workplace-based, allows students to integrate their knowledge and experiences from the whole program.

◾ Director of Academic Program - Dr Kate McBride

Study Mode

Two years full-time or four years part-time. A one and a half years full time program is also available, depending upon entry qualifications (see Pathways listed under Program Structure below).

Program Advice

Professor Andrew Page

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

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |

Location

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

Admission

Master of Epidemiology (160 credit points)

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

Master of Epidemiology (Advanced Standing) (120 credit points)

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree, or higher, in a health, welfare or aged care discipline.

Note: Mid-year entry is available for students already enrolled at Western Sydney University in the Master of Public Health (MPH) or Master of Health Sciences (MHSc) programs and students from other universities who meet the Admission Criteria and can prove they have satisfactorily completed subjects equivalent to core subjects in the Master of Epidemiology.

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.

http://www.uac.edu.au/
https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

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.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

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

Master of Epidemiology - 1.5 year pathway

Master of Epidemiology - Advanced Standing. One and a half year program (120 credit points)

Applicants must have an undergraduate honours degree (Level 8), or higher, in a health, welfare or aged care discipline.

In addition to these higher qualifications, applicants with Advanced Standing must also have a demonstrated breadth of prior knowledge related to health-related policy and/or practice, including epidemiology and its research/policy applications.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
Core Subjects  
HLTH 7008 Introduction to Biostatistics 10
Select one of the following: 10
Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology  
Introduction to Epidemiology  
Alternate subjects  
Select two of the following: 20
The Social Determinants of Health  
Controversies in Epidemiology  
Data Management and Programming for Epidemiology  
Environmental Epidemiology  
Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases  
Qualitative Research Methodology in Health  
 Credit Points40
Spring session
Core Subjects  
PUBH 7002 Analytic Approaches in Epidemiology 10
PUBH 7025 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology 10
Alternate subjects  
Select two of the following: 20
Communicable Diseases  
Health Systems Planning and Evaluation  
Research Protocol Design and Practice  
Surveillance and Disaster Planning  
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
Complete one of the following paths: 40
Dissertation  
OR  
Autumn/Spring session  
Dissertation (Part Time)  
HLTH 7020 Dissertation (Part time) is completed over two teaching sessions, thus students will need to enrol twice in this subject.
 
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points120

Notes:

No subjects are removed or waived from this program pathway. All prospective students must complete core, capstone and alternate subjects. Students who demonstrate that they qualify for Advanced Standing on the basis of a breadth of prior knowledge in a cognate area are exempt from completing alternate subjects that represent more specialised areas of the program.

For applicants with a background in health-related policy and/or practice, including epidemiology and its research/policy applications, subjects PUBH 7012, HLTH 7001, PUBH 7010, PUBH 7008 and PUBH 7005 do not constitute core requirements for their completion of the course.

Exit Awards

Students can elect to exit the program with a Graduate Certificate (40 credit points) or Graduate Diploma in Epidemiology (80 credit points). These are offered as 6 and 12 month full-time programs respectively, or as part-time equivalent programs.

Master of Epidemiology - 2 year pathway

Master of Epidemiology - Two year program (160 credit points)

Applicants must have either

an undergraduate degree (Level 7), or higher, in a health, welfare or aged care discipline

Or

a graduate diploma or graduate certificate in a health, welfare or aged care discipline plus at least 3 years work experience in a health, welfare or aged care discipline.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
Core Subjects  
HLTH 7008 Introduction to Biostatistics 10
Select one of the following: 10
Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology  
Introduction to Epidemiology  
Alternate subjects  
Select two of the following: 20
The Social Determinants of Health  
Data Management and Programming for Epidemiology  
Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases  
Qualitative Research Methodology in Health  
 Credit Points40
Spring session
Core Subjects  
PUBH 7002 Analytic Approaches in Epidemiology 10
PUBH 7025 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology 10
Alternate subjects  
Select two of the following: 20
Communicable Diseases  
Health Systems Planning and Evaluation  
Research Protocol Design and Practice  
Surveillance and Disaster Planning  
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
Select four of the following: 40
The Social Determinants of Health  
Controversies in Epidemiology  
Data Management and Programming for Epidemiology  
Environmental Epidemiology  
Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases  
Research Protocol Design and Practice  
 Credit Points40
Spring session
Complete one of the following paths: 40
Dissertation  
OR  
Spring/Autumn session  
Dissertation (Part Time)  
HLTH 7020 Dissertation (Part time) is completed over two teaching sessions, thus students will need to enrol twice in this subject.
 
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points160

 Exit Awards

Students can elect to exit the program with a Graduate Certificate (40 credit points) or Graduate Diploma in Epidemiology (80 credit points). These are offered as 6 and 12 month full-time programs respectively, or as part-time equivalent programs.