The MAE Program
The MPhil (Applied Epidemiology), colloquially 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 completion of 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 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.