Epidemiology - M4028


Graduate certificate

The role of the epidemiologist has never been more important. Being able to coordinate a defence against a disease outbreak – or even better, predict and prevent their occurrence - is crucial to keeping our community safe and healthy.

The Graduate Certificate of Epidemiology builds your knowledge of key epidemiological principles including biostatistics, health promotion and disease. This course will develop your practical epidemiological and data analysis skills, as well as the capacity to apply them in public health contexts. Alongside your core studies, you will have the opportunity to explore the epidemiology of communicable and non-communicable diseases, as well as public health challenges, clinical trials and research methods.

This choice of electives provides you with an insight into the big picture of health and where you might like to focus your career.

Monash experts continue to shape the state and national response to COVID-19. In the Graduate Certificate of Epidemiology, you’ll learn from some of Australia’s most prominent epidemiologists, biostatisticians, infectious disease specialists and public health experts.

This course is offered in a range of delivery options - so you can choose to join us on-campus in the vibrant Alfred Hospital precinct - or study online from wherever you are in the world.

Whether you’re looking to complement your clinical knowledge, expand your skillset or explore a new career pathway, there’s never been a better time to study epidemiology. Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for 2021.

Further study

A Graduate Certificate of Epidemiology could also lead you towards further study, with the opportunity to progress into the Master of Public Health.

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At a glance

Course Details

  • Multi-modal at Alfred Hospital: Part time

Multimodal (options for on-campus, block mode and online)

  • 1 year (part time)
Start date
First Semester (February), Second Semester (July)
Graduate Certificate of Epidemiology
Course Handbook

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


An Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in Public Health, Health Sciences or MD/MBBS with at least a weighted average mark (WAM) of 60%, or an equivalent GPA approved by the Faculty.


An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline* with at least a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60%,


A minimum of two years of relevant work experience**.

*relevant disciplines include: nursing, physiotherapy, biomedical sciences, nutrition, dietetics, occupational therapy, paramedicine, psychology, radiography, radiation science or science.

** relevant work experience in the field of Health and Public Health and includes in the health industry (eg Government, policy, provider eg hospital, clinic), non-government organisation (NGO), academic or research institution, consulting, pharmacist and pharmaceutical company etc.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code M4028.


Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash using course code M4028.


Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Total fee for this 24 credit point (6 month full-time) course.


The equivalent fee for a 48 credit point (12 month full-time) course would be A$30,500

Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.

Fee information specific to this course

The Commonwealth Government has allocated Commonwealth Supported Places for this course for the 2021 calendar year only.

Only full fee places will be offered from 2022.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.