The professional development of trained epidemiologists competent in the practical application of epidemiologic methods to a wide-range of contemporary public health issues is increasingly important within the context of global pandemics, local outbreaks and rising rates of chronic diseases.

Graduate Diploma in Applied Epidemiology will provide for the training of members of the healthcare team who have key roles in the planning, implementation or evaluation of disease control programs and who require a good foundation in epidemiology for this work.

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Programme Structure

GDAE candidates are required to complete 24 modular credits (MC) for graduation requirements:

Study plans for students are available here.

SPH5002   Public Health Research Methods [8MC]
SPH5103   Collection, Management & Analysis of Quantitative Data
SPH5201   Control of Communicable Diseases
SPH5202   Control of Non-communicable Diseases
SPH5204   Nutrition and Health – Fundamentals and Applications
SPH5205   Urban Outbreak Management
SPH5206   Urban Field Epidemiology
SPH5406   Contemporary Global Health Issues
SPH5407   Programme Evaluation
SPH5408   Public Health and Ageing
SPH5890   Independent Study Module*

* The Independent Study Module (ISM) is designed to provide opportunities for students to pursue interests and areas of study not addressed in existing modules. Students may elect to focus on any one of the pre-approved areas of study, with relevance to Applied Epidemiology.

Note: All modules are worth 4 modular credits (MC) each, unless otherwise stated.

Admissions Requirements

1.   Minimum Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent; and
  • At least 1 year of relevant experience in public health/ disease control or epidemiology

2.   English Language Requirements for International Applicants*
*Excludes applicants whose undergraduate or graduate degrees are from NUS, NTU, SMU, SUTD and English-medium institutions in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States

International applicants must submit test scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and must meet the minimum scores required:

  • 85 on the TOEFL test
  • 6.0 on the IELTS Academic test

Test scores for the TOEFL and IELTS are valid for 2 years. TOEFL and IELTS scores that are no longer valid will not be accepted.

  • For TOEFL, please request the testing organization to send your scoresheet directly to Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. Please quote 7897 for the TOEFL Institutional Code.
  • For IELTS scores, applicants can submit a scanned copy of their IELTS scoresheet.

For more information about the TOEFL or IELTS, or for instructions on registering, please visit (for TOEFL) and (for IELTS).

Note: Meeting the minimum requirements does not imply automatic admission into the programme.

Dates & Fees

For more information on Application Dates, click here.

For more information on Fee, Scholarships and Finance matters, click here.

Contact Details

NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
Tahir Foundation Building
National University of Singapore
12 Science Drive 2, #10-01
Singapore 117549

Tel: +65 6516 4988