Master of Philosophy (Applied Epidemiology) ASEAN - Australia Health Security Fellows

The closing date for applications has been extended:

  • 28 November 2018 for applicants from Cambodia and Laos

  • 5 December 2018 for applicants from Vietnam

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 (TEPHINET).

ANU established and has continued to run the MAE program since 1991. The program has been extremely successful, producing over 200 graduates, who have investigated over 300 outbreaks and established or evaluated surveillance systems. Fifteen per cent of graduates are Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons.

From 2019 we are very proud to incorporate ASEAN-Australian Health Security Fellows in to the MAE Program. The Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, through the Health Security Initiative in the Indo-Pacific Region, is providing funding to support Fellows to undertake the MAE with their field placements in specified Association of South East Nations (ASEAN) countries. Eligibility for these Fellowships will be updated each year and include citizens/permanent residents of specified ASEAN countries and Australian citizens/residents. To see current eligibility criteria please refer to the details of the ASEAN-Australia Health Security Fellowship Award here.


The ASEAN-Australian Health Security Fellowship Program with the Master of Philosophy (Applied Epidemiology) Program aims to foster professional development of field epidemiologists who are competent using epidemiological methods to detect and respond to a wide range of public health issues. Through delivering capacity-building research and training programs in the ASEAN region, cross-border collaboration will be strengthened enabling effective preparedness for prompt responses to the health threats of the future across the region.


Fellows will be required to attend three course blocks at ANU in Canberra to undertake course work and meet with their ANU supervisors. This is usually 4 weeks at the beginning and 2 weeks towards the end of the first year with another 2 weeks at the beginning of the second year.

Field placement

Fellows undertaking the MAE are will undertake their research projects in a field placement in specified ASEAN countries for the duration of the program. Field placements may be a department within the Ministry of Health 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 ANU 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 within Ministry of Health departments, research institutions, and international agencies such as the World Health Organization.

How to Apply

Information about how to apply can be found here

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Further information about the ASEAN-Australia Health Security Fellowship and MAE Programs

Further details about the Conditions of Award for the ASEAN-Australia Health Security Fellowship can be found here.

If you would like further information specific to the Fellowships or academic program, please email your questions to