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The Master of Philosophy (Applied Epidemiology), colloquially known as the MAE program, is a two-year research degree that teaches scholars epidemiology in the field, through coursework and learning in a field placement. There is a wide range of potential projects for MAE scholars at NCIRS, involving analysis of national datasets for vaccine preventable diseases, evaluation of national surveillance systems, and specific epidemiological research projects. Outbreak investigations are identified through our close collaboration with Health Protection NSW, the Western Sydney Public Health Unit (also located at the Westmead precinct) and the Communicable Diseases Network Australia.
MAE scholars based at NCIRS also have the opportunity to participate in our day-to-day activities, including attending the monthly NCIRS seminars and journal club meetings. We encourage our scholars to undertake short-term projects or placements with Health Protection NSW and the Western Sydney Public Health Unit to increase the breadth of their experience. In appropriate circumstances, we are also supportive of short-term projects or placements with other organisations, including overseas placements.
There are ample opportunities for MAE scholars to publish work from their NCIRS projects in peer-reviewed journals. Scholars placed at NCIRS are also supported to attend the biennial PHAA immunisation conference and in some instances the PHAA communicable disease control conference (held in alternate years).
NCIRS hosted 7 MAE scholars between 2013 and 2018. Selected projects of these scholars have included:
Evaluation of surveillance systems
Data analysis/epidemiological investigations
MAE scholars previously placed at NCIRS have, after their placement here, been employed in various settings, including NCIRS itself, WHO Western Pacific Region (WPRO), state health departments and academic research (PhD) in related areas.
For more information and to apply for the MAE program via the Australian National University, visit the university's website.
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