Master of Philosophy (Applied Epidemiology)

Master of Philosophy (Applied Epidemiology)

Applications are now closed for the 2019 Cohort.

The MPhil (Applied Epidemiology), colloquially known as the MAE program, is a two year research degree that emphasises learning-by-doing. The program teaches scholars epidemiology in the field, through coursework and learning in a field placement, such as a health department. The MAE program is Australia’s only Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) and is part of the international network of Field Training Programs in Epidemiology & Public Health Interventions Network.

We have run the MAE program for the last 25 years. The program has been extremely successful, producing over 200 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.


The MAE aims to develop Australia’s public health capabilities and systems. The primary goal is to foster the professional development of field trained epidemiologists who are competent in using epidemiology to tackle a wide range of contemporary public health problems.

Field placement

MAE scholars are placed in a field placement for the duration of the program. Field placements may be a health department or public health unit, or other suitable institution. The scholar must complete epidemiologically based projects that are relevant to the workplace, and be involved in response to public health incidents. These may include national and international response to public health emergencies. During the two years, scholars will participate in ‘lessons from the field’ where field based problems will be worked through with other scholars and The MPhil (Applied Epidemiology) teaching staff.


At the end of the two years, scholars must submit a thesis that is a coherent report on four  research projects. Each research project has a corresponding coursework component. In addition, scholars must include:

  • a summary of experience during the program
  • a late draft of a peer review paper
  • a presentation to a national or international scientific conference
  • a communication of epidemiological findings to a lay audience.


While on the program, scholars will have a field supervisor who is an experienced field epidemiologist, and an academic supervisor. Scholars and supervisors communicate via regular teleconferences and field visits where practical.

Career prospects

Following completion of the degree, scholars may work as epidemiologists for state, territory and federal health departments, and international agencies, such as the World Health Organization.

How to Apply

Applications will open for the 2020 cohort this year.  If you would like to be added to our database to be notified when applications open, email