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.

  • This program will develop your epidemiological, biostatistical and methodological skills to an advanced level. It's designed for applicants with a background in epidemiology, quantitative research, or health. For more information, see 'Program Details'.
  • Complete one field of study: either Clinical Epidemiology, which applies the principles of epidemiology to clinical practice and patient care, or the 'Standard' field, which focuses on a range of different population groups.
  • Complete compulsory courses, which will build and extend your knowledge of epidemiology as a discipline and develop your methodological skills, along with elective courses, which cover research, public health, and more.
  • Undertake a research project that addresses a specific topic or problem relevant to public or population health. You'll be involved in all aspects of research, from defining a topic and methodology to interpreting results and reporting on your findings.

The Master of Epidemiology will develop your understanding of a comprehensive range of principles, approaches, and analytic strategies relevant to epidemiology, so you can make a meaningful contribution to the field.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    The Master of 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 Master of 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, medicine, health, public health, government, or clinical research.

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

Other graduates use the Master of Epidemiology to further their research ambitions and proceed to enrol in a Master of Philosophy or PhD program, where they continue developing their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

Summary

  • Program code
    5481
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
    Summer Semester (26 Nov, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
    24
  • Delivery location
    Herston
  • AQF
    Level 9

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Applicants must:

  1. Hold an approved degree with a GPA of 5+; or
  2. A degree in another discipline with a GPA of 5+ & have completed 12 months FT work in an approved healthcare setting; or
  3. The GCEpi and/or GDipEpi from the University (or equivalent).
AND
  1. Passed a tertiary quantitative research methods course with a grade of 5+; or
  2. Demonstrate an active contribution to a research publication; or
  3. Provide a referee/research mentor report confirming skills & experience with health-related quantitative research.

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Master of 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 Master of 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.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Master of Epidemiology at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Courses and Programs

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