The MPhil (Applied Epidemiology), also known as the MAE program, is a two year research degree that trains the public health leaders of the future. Through the MAE program, scholars undertake a work placement, a short period of intensive coursework, and complete a research thesis.
The MAE program is Australia’s only Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) and is accredited by and part of the international network of Field Training Programs in Epidemiology & Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET). The MAE aims to build a highly skilled epidemiology workforce and strengthen capacity to prepare, protect and respond to communicable disease and other health threats in Australia and our region. Graduates of the MAE have gone onto hold senior positions in health departments in Australia and work for international organisations such as the World Health Organization and Medecins sans Frontieres.
The National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health has run the MAE program since 1991. The program has been extremely successful, producing over 230 graduates, who investigated over 300 outbreaks and established or evaluated surveillance systems. Fifteen per cent of graduates are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons.
MAE is providing the tools to plan, control and respond to COVID-19
Bachelor degree required
2 years full-time
Access to state-of-the-art facilities
What you'll learn
MAE scholars spend the majority of their time in a field placement, typically a government health department or a research institute. While in their placements scholars complete at least four useful and important research projects to meet the following competencies:
Response to an acute public health threat (usually an outbreak investigation)
Analysis of a public health data set
Evaluation or establishing a surveillance system.
Learning in the field placements is supported by three coursework intensives at ANU (usually 3 weeks for the first course block followed by a further two x 2 week blocks) where scholars complete courses in outbreak investigation, public health surveillance, data analysis, applied research methods and issues in applied epidemiology. Scholars are also required to complete other course requirements including teaching, writing a peer review paper and presenting their work at a national or international conference.
Scholars write up their projects as well as their other requirements into a thesis that is submitted for examination (including an oral viva) to be awarded the degree MPhil (App Epid).
Learn by doing. Roxy spends most of her time in the field and writing up her findings. By the end of this year she will have completed four research projects about how culture influences Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing.
The Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology (MAE) Scholarship provides funding for students in Australian placements and is supplied via the field placements as a scholarship of $50,000 p.a. (tax free). There are a limited number of field placements where the scholarship is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as part of the ASEAN-Australia Health Security Fellowship Program. Scholarship information can be found here.
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