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Graduate Diploma in Epidemiology

Approved Abbreviation: GradDipEpidemiology

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4739.1

AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 088190F

The Graduate Diploma in Epidemiology is a one year course designed for both clinicians (medical, nursing and allied health) and practitioners from health-related fields (public health, environmental health, communicable disease control) seeking to improve their knowledge of key areas of health-related research. It provides an understanding of epidemiological concepts and methods and their application in clinical, public health and health policy settings. Its core units include introductory and advanced subjects in epidemiology and biostatistics, while a range of specialist electives can be undertaken including disease surveillance, research protocol design and statistical modelling.

◾ Director of Academic Program - Dr Kate McBride

Study Mode
One year full-time or two years part-time.

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


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

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

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 80 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.


Year 1

Autumn session

401077Introduction to Biostatistics

Choose one of

401173Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology
401076Introduction to Epidemiology

And two alternate units from the pool below

Spring session

401175Analytic Approaches in Epidemiology

And three alternate units from the pool below

Alternate units

400841A Global Perspective on Social Determinants of Health
400840Communicable Diseases
401178Controversies in Epidemiology
401179Data Management and Programming for Epidemiology
401177Environmental Epidemiology
401174Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases
400967Health Economics and Comparative Health Systems
401173Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology
401080Research Protocol Design and Practice
401176Statistical Methods in Epidemiology

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