"As the COVID-19 pandemic began to impact Australia, I decided that I wanted to upskill in infectious disease epidemiology to better understand the issues at hand, along with the impact and implications of the pandemic on the world."
Prior to starting the Graduate Certificate in Infectious Disease Epidemiology, I completed a PhD in Psychology.
As the COVID-19 pandemic began to impact Australia, I decided that I wanted to upskill in infectious disease epidemiology to better understand the issues at hand, along with the impact and implications of the pandemic on the world.
I chose the University of Melbourne over other similar courses at other institutions due to the world-leading experts at the University of Melbourne. It was evident to me that the course was being delivered by a diverse team of authority figures in epidemiology, biostatistics, and public health.
I believe that the Graduate Certificate in Infectious Disease Epidemiology will complement my research skills and help me apply epidemiological principles and public health in a research and policy context.
I appreciate the flexibility afforded by the dual-delivery method of this course. As the content is delivered online in the form of modules, I can tackle the content as it best suits my schedule. I also found the course content and assignments to be enjoyable as they were relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Infectious Disease Epidemiology unit was particularly noteworthy as the content was practical and engaging.
I greatly appreciate the enthusiasm and expertise of the unit conveners and tutors. It is apparent that they are passionate about their areas of expertise, and deeply care about delivering engaging and relevant content to students.
I believe that this course is fantastic for health researchers and practitioners wanting to upskill in infectious disease epidemiology and public health. I would like to apply the knowledge and skills from this program into my research and policy work.
I also appreciate that the Graduate Certificate in Infectious Disease Epidemiology offers me the opportunity to further my training in infectious disease epidemiology through Melbourne’s Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Science (Epidemiology) programs.
My advice to future students is don’t be afraid to ask questions and to reach out to your instructors if you are unsure about anything. They are helpful, enthusiastic, and engaging.
I’m inspired by making a positive and practical difference to the lives of others.