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 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

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.
  • This course is only available to international students in on-campus mode. Off-campus students are required to attend a number of compulsory blocks of on-site study days.


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 consists of nine core units, plus either three electives or one elective and a minor research project.


Core units

  • MPH5040 Introductory epidemiology
  • MPH5041 Introductory biostatistics
  • MPH5200 Regression methods for epidemiology
  • MPH5202 Clinical epidemiology
  • MPH5213 Research methods
  • MPH5236 Clinical trials
  • MPH5237 Clinical measurement
  • MPH5239 Meta analysis and systematics reviews
  • MPH5283 Ethics, good research practice and practical research skills

Elective options

Students must complete one of the following

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

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

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

Alternative exit(s)

Students wishing to exit this course may apply to graduate with one of the following, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award:

  • 3416 Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Methods
  • 0702 Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research Methods.


Master of Clinical Research Methods