Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and 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 titleGradDipClinRes
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Alfred Hospital)
Off-campus (Alfred Hospital)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine: telephone +61 3 9903 0563; email or visit

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Allen Cheng


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Students are required to attend a number of compulsory blocks of on-campus/on-site study days.


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.


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
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to apply the principles of epidemiology and biostatistics to clinical practice.


Assessment includes written assignments and examinations.


This course consists of seven core and one elective unit.


Core units

  • MPH5040 Introductory epidemiology
  • MPH5041 Introductory biostatistics
  • MPH5213 Research methods
  • MPH5236 Clinical trials
  • MPH5237 Clinical measurement
  • MPH5239 Meta analysis and systematic reviews
  • MPH5283 Ethics, good research practice and practical research skills

Elective units

  • MPH5218 Infectious diseases: Epidemiology and prevention
  • MPH5256 Injury epidemiology and prevention
  • MPH5260 Health policy and prevention in a global world
  • MPH5270 Advanced statistical methods for clinical research
  • MPH5277 Data management and computing

Progression to further studies

This course articulates with 2311 Master of Clinical Research Methods or can lead to the 0046 Master of Public Health.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit this course with 3416 Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Methods providing all requirements for that award have been met.


Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research Methods