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Graduate Certificate of Epidemiology

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Take the next step in protecting your community.

Lead the World and Change Lives

Epidemiologists play a pivotal role in our modern world, now more so than ever. This rapidly expanding industry requires skilled and career-minded graduates with expert industry knowledge to predict, defend and counter the ongoing threat of disease outbreaks in a dynamic and socially challenging landscape. It’s a world-leading and in-demand expertise that is crucial to keeping our community safe, informed and healthy.

The Graduate Certificate of Epidemiology builds your knowledge of key epidemiological principles and allows you to complement your healthcare knowledge, expand your developing health-care skillset and explore exciting new, rewarding career pathways in the future of state-of-the-art health care.

What you will learn 
  • Epidemiology
    Navigate the public health system with confidence by applying your knowledge and skills in determining the distribution and determinants of health and disease.
  • Biostatistics 
    Draw insights from health-related data and research to inform healthcare best practice.
  • Chronic disease
    Examine strategies for prevention and control of chronic disease in Australia.

The course is structured in 4 units., providing a full range of quantitative, analytical and communication skills necessary for a career in epidemiology.

Core units

You must complete the following units.

Epidemiology: Concepts and applications

Epidemiology of chronic disease

Biostatistics: Concepts and applications

Research methods in healthcare

An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline* with at least a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60% or an equivalent GPA approved by the Faculty and a minimum of two years of relevant work experience**

.1. *Relevant discipline includes – medical, nursing, allied health, other health related degree eg chiropractic, psychology, public health, environmental health, paramedic, imaging (radiology, nuclear medicine), biomedical engineering, dietetics/nutrition, pharmacy, social work, medical science/biomedical science/immunology, health science, laboratory science, science, and health economics; or in a non-related discipline, e.g. education, law, media, IT, journalism, communications, arts.
2. Relevant work experience includes – work experience relevant to the person’s undergraduate or higher degree, in professional practice, in a related eld, or that demonstrates application / work experience gained in a relevant eld even if the Bachelor’s degree was not in a related discipline. Relevant work experience includes in the health industry (eg Government, policy, provider eg hospital, clinic), non government organisation (NGO), academic or research institution, consulting, pharmaceutical company etc.

English requirements

Applicants must meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements apply for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra Requirements

Applicants require a curriculum vitae (CV), relevant work experience or a statement from employer to substantiate period of employment.

For the Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion, the estimated cost is $3,625.00 per unit. You may be eligible to receive a FEE-HELP loan to cover part or all of your tuition. Fees are subject to change annually.


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.

Epidemiology at Monash Online

The Graduate Certificate of Epidemiology offers pathways to enter the field of epidemiology. The course develops your knowledge of key epidemiological principles that can be applied in public health contexts. This includes biostatistics, research methods and chronic disease epidemiology. You will also build your practical epidemiological and data analysis skills, as well as the capacity to implement them in future practical applications with industry leading skills and experience.

The flexibility of online theoretical learning is complemented by practical experience in each unit, ensuring that you graduate with the knowledge and skills required to face the evolving demands of this sector.


Monash has propelled my career to new heights I never thought possible.


Monash Online student

Industry insights

With a Graduate Diploma in Epidemiology, you will be well-placed to take your next step into higher-levels of study to become a leader within the health-care industry, applying your skills as an epidemiology expert in any of the following roles:

  • epidemiologist
  • health and medical research
  • communicable disease control
  • private industry
  • government agencies.

Very strong
The Australian government rates job growth for health managers as very strong.

14.9% growth is predicted over a five-year period for the health sector.

$110,000 is the most common salary for a Health Manager in Victoria.