Graduate Certificate in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

The experience


The Graduate Certificate in Infectious Disease Epidemiology is a joint offering between the University of Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, and the Doherty Institute. Within this degree you will learn the foundations of epidemiology practice and data analysis and have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to practical infectious disease case studies.

The day-to-day experience

Within this course you will be taught by practicing and leading infectious disease epidemiologists, such as Dr James Fielding and Jodie McVernon, amongst others.

You will have the opportunity to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and responses with world leading experts and learn about other infectious diseases around the globe. You will learn practical data analytic skills using statistics software and learn how to think like an epidemiologist. You will face real examples of outbreak investigations, develop strategies to contain infectious diseases, and consider how infectious diseases are monitored. You will also have the unique opportunity to learn about the specialised field of infectious disease modelling. You will learn simple modelling techniques and develop confidence in assessing model suitability to support decision making.

Learning mode

The Graduate Certificate of Infectious Disease will be available at the beautiful University of Melbourne campus or online in 2021. The online portal allows you to connect seamlessly with other students, teachers and guest speakers. You can set your own learning pace and contribute to open discussions about complex subject matter.

Is this the right course for me?

This Graduate Certificate is suitable for you, if you:

  • Have developed an interest in infectious disease epidemiology during the COVID-19 pandemic and are thinking of taking your interest to a deeper level
  • Have found yourself working in COVID-19 response or data analysis and are looking to upskill in this area
  • You are thinking of a career change or start in infectious disease epidemiology

If you have previously completed post-graduate study in Epidemiology and/or Biostatistics through a Master of Public Health, or similar degree, you may be eligible for credit, reducing the number of subjects required to receive the Graduate Certificate in Infectious Disease Epidemiology to two subjects, instead of four subjects.

The subjects completed within the Graduate Certificate can be used as credit in the world-renowned Master of Public Health course.