Epidemiology is one of the core sciences of public health and has made major contributions to improving population health and increasing life expectancy. If you're interested in studying the distribution and determinants of health and disease – a degree in epidemiology is for you.

  • The Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology is a six-month (four course) program designed for applicants with an approved degree. There are several ways of meeting admission requirements. For more information, see the Program Details tab.
  • Complete four courses: two compulsory courses and two electives. Core courses will build your knowledge of the scope epidemiology and biostatistics. Elective courses cover areas such as clinical practice and statistical methods.
  • Benefit from a program that is flexible and comprehensive, and reflects UQ's strong links with organisations such as Australian Aid, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and international ministries of health.
  • On completion, choose to progress to the Graduate Diploma in Epidemiology or the Master of Epidemiology. Because epidemiology courses are taken from the same course list, you can transfer study credits across the programs.

The Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology will develop your understanding of core principles, approaches, and analytic strategies used in epidemiology.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    The Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology is taught through the School of Public Health, which is one of the leading research and teaching centres in the Asia-Pacific region. UQ was also ranked 32nd in the world for Life Sciences and Medicine in the 2017 QS World University Rankings.

  • Research

    Research leaders

    Our academics have worked on major public health projects with partners including the Wellcome Trust, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Harvard University, and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute.

Career outcomes

The Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology is usually undertaken for professional development reasons – career progression, updating knowledge, or broadening areas of expertise

Graduates typically work across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, both in Australia and internationally. They may work in areas including education, public health, government, or clinical research.

Qualifications in epidemiology are also useful for roles in science communication and policy development in government or industry.

Many of our graduates use their qualifications as a way of moving ahead with their careers – whatever field they work in – or use the graduate certificate as a stepping-stone to higher-level epidemiology programs, which have more comprehensive study plans, and offer greater professional opportunities.

Summary

  • Program code
    5478
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
    8
  • Delivery location
    Herston
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

  • An approved degree, or
  • A post-secondary qualification and a minimum of 2 years full-time (or equivalent) work experience in a healthcare or public health setting.

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Further study options

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Courses and Programs

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