Skip to content | Change text size
Handbooks Courses Units
Monash University

Master of Family Medicine (Clinical)

Course code: 2677 ~ Course abbreviation: (MFMClin) ~ Total credit points required: 72 ~ 6 semesters part-time ~ Managing faculty: Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Study mode and course location

Off-campus (Clayton - P/T only)

Course description

The Department of General Practice offers this program to general practitioners who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in areas relevant to general practice. It provides them with the opportunity to develop their clinical skills within a general practice setting. Recognition of prior learning is available.

Course objectives

On completion of this course, graduates should be able to: accurately define and describe the nature of the discipline of general practice including its history, philosophy and practice; compare and contrast general practice with other medical specialties; appreciate the significance of patient centeredness in differentiating general practice from other disciplines; understand the role of the general practitioner as the gatekeeper of the health care system and the implications of this role in providing cost effective primary medical care to the community; appreciate the nature and scope of general practice research including similarities and differences to research in other medical disciplines; practice critical appraisal of literature and evidence for daily practice; carry out clinical audits as a means of quality assurance of medical practice as well as means of gaining the skill of reflective learning; demonstrate knowledge and skills in a number of chosen areas of special interest as defined in the objectives and content of individual elective subjects of this course; and demonstrate an understanding of the theories of learning and teaching and their application to teaching undergraduate, postgraduate and members of the community in aspects of Family Medicine.

Course structure

The course is offered part-time over three years by off-campus learning, or full-time over one year (with credit for prior studies) if students have completed the Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine.

The coursework includes three compulsory core units as listed below, together with a selection of elective units and/or modules.

Course requirements

Core units

  • MFM2000 Principles of general practice
  • MFM2006 Introduction to research methods
  • MFM2007 Learning and teaching

Elective units



Assessment will include coursework participation, formal assignments, projects and some weekend workshops.

Contact details

Postgraduate administrative officer: telephone +61 3 8575 2216; email or visit

Course coordinator

Professor Leon Piterman