The Australian Master of Applied Epidemiology Program: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Stephanie Davis, Mahomed S Patel, Emily Fearnley, Kerri Viney, Martyn D Kirk

The Master of Applied Epidemiology Program is Australia’s Field Epidemiology Training Program. It was established in 1991 and is run out of the National Centre for Population Health (NCEPH) at the Australian National University. The Program has a strong track record in using field-based training to produce competent applied epidemiologists who have contributed to public health in Australia and globally. A new funding model for the program was implemented in 2012, backed by funds from field placement partners and NCEPH. In this paper we review the program’s origins and achievements, discuss the ongoing needs of the program and outline a vision for the future.

Commun Dis Intell 2016;40(3):E326–E333.

Key words: epidemiology; university; program; funding