Where will this take me?


Epidemiologists have a big role to play not only in public health, but also in clinical health and health services.

The Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, which coordinates the Master of Epidemiology, has been integral to the COVID-19 pandemic response, both state-wide and federally.

The School’s teaching staff have helped to shape public policy and inform society’s understanding of this global pandemic, and our students and graduates have also assisted organisations such as the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in dealing with the crisis.

Practical and research experience to build your future

During your degree, you will study key areas such as the role of epidemiology in public health, and how to perform statistical analyses and interpret research findings in a public health or clinical setting. You’ll gain a strong understanding of why epidemiology is a fundamental science of public health.

You will have the opportunity to undertake your research project under the supervision of teachers from the world-leading Melbourne Biomedical Precinct. This will enable you to specialise your epidemiological knowledge and refine your desired career pathway.

World-class education for worldwide careers

Aside from being an ideal stepping stone for further study with a PhD, the Master of Epidemiology opens up a wide range of employment opportunities in a variety of contexts.

While covering the necessary epidemiological theory throughout your degree, you will move to understand its application to current health problems around the world. Your skills as an epidemiologist will prepare you for careers in environments including:

  • Research institutes
  • Government departments
  • Universities
  • Hospitals
  • Non-government organisations (NGOs).

This Master of Epidemiology is a blended and flexible course, delivered through a combination of on-campus and online subjects, ideal for busy working professionals.