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Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research Methods

Course code: 0702 ~ Course abbreviation: GradDipClinRes ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 2 semesters full-time, 4 semesters part-time ~ Managing faculty: Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Study mode and course location

On campus - for international students (Alfred Hospital, Melbourne)

Off campus - for domestic students (Alfred Hospital, Melbourne)

Course description

This course, offered by the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, assists clinicians and public health professionals to become familiar with clinical research methodology and upgrade their skills in epidemiology. It provides a detailed understanding of the units of epidemiology and biostatistics to a level that enables critical and detailed appraisal of epidemiological literature and the conduct of projects requiring epidemiological and biostatistical expertise. The course articulates with the Master of Clinical Epidemiology or can lead to the Master of Public Health.

Course objectives

On completion of this course, students should: have detailed understanding of epidemiology and biostatistics; be familiar with clinical research methodology; be able to demonstrate the ability to critically appraise medical literature; be able to participate in projects requiring epidemiological and biostatistical expertise; and be able to demonstrate the ability to apply the principles of epidemiology and biostatistics to clinical practice.

Course structure

Course requirements

The course consists of six core units and two elective units.

Core units

  • MPH1040 Introductory epidemiology
  • MPH1041 Introductory biostatistics
  • MPH2013 Research Methods
  • MPH2036 Controlled clinical trials
  • MPH2037 Clinical Measurement
  • MPH2083 Ethics, good research practice and practical research skills

Elective units

  • MPH2000 Regression methods for epidemiology
  • MPH2002 Clinical epidemiology
  • MPH2007 Methods for chronic disease epidemiology
  • MPH2018 Infectious disease epidemiology
  • MPH2039 Meta analysis
  • MPH2056 Injury epidemiology and prevention
  • MPH2070 Advanced statistical methods for clinical research


Assessment includes written assignments and examinations.

Contact details

Postgraduate office: telephone +61 3 9903 0563; email or visit

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Max de Courten