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Students who commenced study in 2016 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.

Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 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.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

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Credit points


Abbreviated title


Managing faculty

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences


Dr Sylvia Pomeroy

Contact details

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

Admission and fees

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Course type

Graduate certificate

Standard duration

1 year PT

Part-time study only. This course must be completed in a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 3 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.

Mode and location

Off-campus (Alfred Hospital)

Students are required to attend a number of compulsory blocks of on-campus/on-site study days.


Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Methods


  • This course is not available to international students.


The graduate certificate provides basic knowledge in research methods and biostatistics. It is suitable for professionals who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in research methods. It provides a pathway for entry into 0702 Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research Methods.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

On completion of the course graduates should 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 consists of four core units


Students must complete:

  • MPH5040 Introductory epidemiology
  • MPH5041 Introductory biostatistics
  • MPH5213 Research methods
  • MPH5283 Ethics, good research practice and practical research methods

Progression to further studies

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