Do you want to be on the frontline addressing public health threats?  Do you want sound skills in field epidemiology and to be able to use these to make a difference?  If so, the MAE is for you.

The Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology (MAE) Program is Australia‚Äôs long standing and globally recognised Field Epidemiology Training Program. This is a 22-month research degree that emphasises learning by doing.  You will spend the majority of your time in a field placement (typically a government health department or other appropriate health organisation) conducting useful and important projects under the supervision of a field and academic supervisor while supported via a tax-free scholarship of $60,000 per year in 2023 with 3.5% increase in year 2024 on a pro rata basis of scholarship duration.

The MAE has been run by the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University since 1991. The scholars before you have investigated over 500 outbreaks, including important roles in the COVID-19 pandemic established, evaluated, and strengthened multiple surveillance systems, conducted important projects into communicable and non-communicable disease and then gone on to hold senior positions in health in Australia or work with international organisations including the World Health Organization.  The MAE is committed to supporting First Nations Scholars. Fifteen per cent of graduates are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander persons.   Hear from some of our First Nations graduates (   

First Nation graduates have the opportunity to apply for top-up scholarships - Leonard Broom HDR Research Award and Lowitja Institute scholarships.

If you are interested in the MAE, please see the MAE website: or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

View our FAQs page to see if the MAE Program is for you.

Application guide will be available on the website from 31 May 2022

Application portal opens from 1 July 2022 to 8 August 2022