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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleMClinResMeth
CRICOS code072000D
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Alfred Hospital)
Off-campus (Alfred Hospital)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

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

Course coordinator

Dr Allen Cheng


  • Off-campus students must attend a number of units on-site in day block mode.


This course, offered by the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, assists health professionals make rational evidence-based decisions in clinical practice and undertake small clinical research projects. Clinical epidemiology draws on epidemiological methods to answer clinical questions relevant to the daily practice of health care and to improve patient care. It focuses on individuals or groups of patients in clinical settings.


On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate a detailed understanding of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics
  • become familiar with clinical research methodology, including randomised controlled trials
  • demonstrate an ability to critically appraise the quantitative epidemiological literature
  • appreciate the contribution of systematic reviews to evidence based practice
  • demonstrate an ability to apply the principles of clinical epidemiology to clinical practice
  • display a working knowledge of other applications of epidemiology
  • develop a research protocol and undertake an epidemiological research project with a clinical focus.


Assessment includes written assignments, examinations, class participation, web based tasks, and optional supervised research project.


This course comprises ten core units, plus either two electives or a minor research project.


Core units

  • MPH1040 Introductory epidemiology
  • MPH1041 Introductory biostatistics
  • MPH2000 Regression methods for epidemiology
  • MPH2002 Clinical epidemiology
  • MPH2013 Research methods
  • MPH2036 Clinical trials
  • MPH2037 Clinical measurement
  • MPH2039 Meta analysis and systematics reviews
  • MPH2077 Data management and computing
  • MPH2083 Ethics, good research practice and practical research skills

Elective options

Students complete one of the following

  • minor research project (8,000 - 10,000 words)
  • two electives from the list below

Elective units

  • MPH2018 Infectious diseases: Epidemiology and prevention
  • MPH2056 Injury epidemiology and prevention
  • MPH2060 Health policy and prevention in a global world
  • MPH2070 Advanced statistical methods for clinical research

Progression to further studies

Students who complete this course and achieve a distinction (70 per cent) average may qualify for admission into higher degrees by research (HDR) including course 3438 Master of Philosophy and 0047 Doctor of Philosophy, among others.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit this course with a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Methods or Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research Methods providing all requirements of that award have been met.


Master of Clinical Research Methods