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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 titleGradCertClinResMeth
Total credit points required24
Standard duration of study (years)1 year PT
Study mode and locationOff-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


  • This course is not available to international student visa holders
  • Part-time study only.
  • Students are required to attend a number of compulsory on-campus/on-site study blocks.


This course, offered by the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, targets the needs of health professionals who seek training in the methods used to undertake sound clinical research. It provides the guidance through the many stages required for undertaking research, ie from the development of the research question through to the publication of the study results. The emphasis is on a practical approach to clinical research.


By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • understand the concepts of clinical research, its ethical aspects and principles of good research practice
  • select the appropriate study design for any given research question
  • write a research proposal, ethics committee submission and grant application
  • initiate a research study and appropriately collect the data
  • appropriate manage and analyze the research data
  • prepare a manuscript for publication.


Assessment includes written assignments and examinations.


This course comprises four core units


First semester

Second semester

  • MPH2013 Research Methods
  • MPH2083 Ethics, good research practice and practical research methods

Progression to further studies

This course articulates with the Master of Clinical Epidemiology 2309 or can lead to the Master of Public Health 0046.


Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Methods