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Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology

A single two year research award offered by the National Ctre for Epidemiology & Population Health

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan 8721XMPHIL
  • CRICOS code 075057G
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan 8721XMPHIL
  • CRICOS code 075057G

Program Requirements

The Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology requires the submission and successful examination of a thesis of up to 60,000 words. The thesis comprises of four major pieces of work: analysis of a public health dataset, conduct of an epidemiological study, evaluation or establishment of a surveillance system, and investigation of a disease outbreak. All students will undergo an oral examination of the thesis at the conclusion of their program.

Study consists of two years of full-time study and must be undertaken in a field placement organisation, which are often State, Territory or federal health departments or national research centres. Scholars either receive a scholarship or a salary during the course of the program. Scholars come to the ANU during their degree for intensive coursework subjects at three times during the program.

The Master of Philosophy requires the completion of 30 units of coursework, which must consist of:

POPH8913 Analysis of Public Health Data

POPH8914 Issues in Applied Epidemiology

POPH8915 Methods in Applied Epidemiology

POPH8916 Outbreak Investigation

POPH8917 Public Health Surveillance

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology program you will be required to have an Australian Bachelor Degree with at least upper second class honours or its international equivalent, or a Graduate Diploma or Master Degree with a significant research thesis component.

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

You may be granted admission if you can demonstrate that you have a background equivalent to these qualifications, which may include publication of relevant research in peer review journals and professional experience.

It is highly desirable that applicants have at least two years of previous work experience in health or public health. Admission to the program is extremely competitive and suits doctors, nurses, public health scientists, veterinarians, and environmental health officers, who have some postgraduate training and work experience.

The program has one intake of 8-10 scholars in February each year. Applications for the program open in July and interviews of shortlisted candidates are conducted in September. If you are interested in finding out more about the application process see here.

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

Domestic students

Domestic research students are not required to pay tuition fees as they are enrolled under the Research Training Scheme which funds the fees. For further information see

International students

Indicative fees for international students are:

International student fees (ISF)

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

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ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Exceptional research degrees at ANU

The Australian National University provides our Master of Philosophy students with a vibrant research community and outstanding program support. When selecting a research program, an institution's reputation is everything. ANU is one of the world's leading universities, and the smart choice for your research program.

As an MPhil student you will work with increased independence, under the direction of a supervisory panel of experts in the field. Your research will make an original and important contribution to human knowledge, research and development.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

The Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology is more than a degree and opens opportunities for graduates to work as epidemiologists for national and international health agencies, such as the World Health Organization. The program suits people who are interested in a career in public health surveillance, outbreak investigation and applied epidemiological research. Graduates have gone on to work in health departments at local, state, national and international levels, as well as in research institutions and academia in the areas of vaccine preventable diseases, food- and waterborne diseases, sexually transmissible infections, non-communicable diseases, Indigenous health and international health.

Further Information

Come and join the Disease Detectives! Do you want to be on the frontline of fighting emerging disease, putting your epidemiology knowledge into practice? Then the Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology is the right program for you.

For the last 20 years, the National Centre of Epidemiology and Population Health has run the Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology program, which is the Australian Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP). This program has been extremely successful, producing over 170 graduates, who have investigated over 300 outbreaks and established or evaluated surveillance systems. Seventeen per cent of graduates during this time were of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background.

The MPhil in Applied Epidemiology is a two year research degree that emphases learning at work, from work and for work. The program teaches scholars epidemiology in the field, through coursework and learning in a field placement, such as a health department. The program is part of the international network of Field Training Programs in Epidemiology & Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET).

Undertaking the program will give you the knowledge and experience you need for a challenging and rewarding career in epidemiology.

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