Master of Epidemiology

Approved Abbreviation: MEpidemiology

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4738.1

AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 088189K

The Master of Epidemiology course 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 unit 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.

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 Course Structure below).

Inherent requirements

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

Inherent requirements


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 units equivalent to core units 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

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). 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 and International 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.

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.

Course Structure


A4012Master of Epidemiology - 2 year pathway
A4013Master of Epidemiology - 1.5 year pathway

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