Clinical Epidemiology

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Postgraduate Degree


Master of Clinical Epidemiology

The Master of Clinical Epidemiology provides students with a strong research focused approach to clinical treatment. It emphasises treatment and diagnosis while giving consideration to public health factors. The course aims to give students effective research skills in the field of epidemiology and help them to apply findings to clinical settings in order to address public health problems and issues. There is an emphasis on the integration of various health disciplines to ensure the best possible research results.

Graduates will be skilled in conceptualising, designing and carrying out epidemiological research focused on addressing public health concerns. Researchers will be able to trace disease patterns, causes and behaviours and a key focus will be placed on the communication of findings to the medical and public communities. Epidemiologists may also work to uncover the causes or reasons behind illness and poor health in specific regions or communities.

Students with a prior Bachelor Degree in a health related discipline or one in Maths, Statistics or Science are able to apply for entry to this course. The Maser of Clinical Epidemiology runs over 3 semester’s full time or the part time equivalent and is only offered online.

Sample Jobs

The following list provides some example jobs for Master of Clinical Epidemiology graduates. The various Types of jobs will depend upon the previous qualifications and the level of experience gained in particular industries prior to graduating.


Getting the Edge

Most employers seek to recruit people who have relevant work experience and an appreciation for their industry. Here is a check list of ideas about gaining experience and industry knowledge.

  1. Check the type of experience most employers in your field of interest expect. Don’t overlook the part time work you may be currently doing. Most employers understand that the skills are transferrable even if the work is not in their industry.
  2. Check your academic program for any courses that involve a placement or the opportunity to undertake an industry based project.
  3. Check your school for Summer Scholarships for research opportunities.
  4. Check vacancy sites for advertised traineeships, part time employment and vacation work opportunities in your field.
  5. Source and approach organisations directly about possible work shadowing or information interview opportunities.
  6. Source and approach organisations directly for paid work opportunities.
  7. Consider volunteering.

Note: Gaining experience may be important but not at the expense of your studies. Make sure you do not overload your timetable with unrealistic work commitments.


Sample Employers

Recruitment Timing

Some large organisations have specific graduate recruitment programs designed to employ the pick of graduates each year. You must be in your final year of study or recently completed to apply for these programs. The timing of these recruitment drives varies and may occur at any point in the academic year, in some cases starting as early as the first few weeks of the first semester or trimester.

Find out if employers in your area/s of interest have graduate programs, when they typically recruit and what recruitment methods they use. Check with the Careers Service .

Societies and Associations

Associations and societies often provide relevant and up to date information about a variety of issues relating to specific industry sectors. These can be a good starting point to learn more about occupations through profiles, industry news, links to academic journals and information on research developments. Many also offer student membership, conference and professional development activities, newsletters and the opportunity to participate in projects.

Don’t overlook student societies and associations. As well as student chapters of professional associations, some faculties or schools have discipline based student associations. Check your school or faculty web site; perhaps you might start one if one doesn’t exist.

Some academic disciplines run Seminar Programs that involve regular seminars presented by University of Newcastle academics, visiting academics and postgraduate students. Check your schools website for the timetable.

Job Search Sites

Searching job sites is a good way to gain an understanding of: industries recruiting professionals in this field; types of roles and the requirements or expectations of employers for these roles. There are many online job search sites, here are a few to start with:

Australian and International

  • CareerHub: the University of Newcastle Careers Service careers and job search site for enrolled students and graduates.


  • CareerOne: Australia wide job listings, all levels and industries including executive positions
  • MyCareer: Australian and international listings
  • Seek: comprehensive Australian job listings, also includes New Zealand and UK listings
  • The Big Chair: Management and Executive Jobs