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Study public health at the University of Sydney

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Overview

The University of Sydney School of Public Health programs focus on the prevention of illness and the promotion of health.

Learning opportunities are aimed at developing the essential knowledge and skills required for practitioners in public health - including the effective management of community health problems to improve conditions and outcomes.

Why study public health with us?

  • 100% online course delivery - this course is offered through our interactive online learning environment, giving you the flexibility to tailor your study schedule around your lifestyle. We also offer full-time and part-time options, allowing you to decide your study load. 

  • Specialise in your chosen field –  the 1.5-year Master of Public Health will provide you the time needed to build competency and gain skills from a wide range of public health electives, allowing you specialise in an area that interests you and boosts your career prospects. You will be able to choose your elective units from within one of four specialisations:
    • chronic disease prevention
    • communicable disease control
    • health promotion and advocacy
    • research methods.
  • Apply public health principles - newly designed core units and electives will provide you with the skills needed to translate evidence and decisions into policy and practice at a national, regional and community level.

  • Research training – our Research Project capstone will equip you with the critical thinking skills and research training necessary to prepare you for a higher research degree.

  • First-class teaching – this course is taught by highly experienced academic staff who are active within the public health community and work closely with organisations such as the World Health Organisation, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the Department of Health and Cancer Australia.

  • Make a real difference – you will be involved in teams and projects that are making a real difference to the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities and populations.
  • Diverse placement opportunities – you will have the opportunity to undertake a diverse range of professional placements and apply knowledge learnt in class to real-world projects with location-based organisations. Our students have completed placements with a range of organisations including NSW Environmental Health, NSW Cancer Council, NSW Health Protection unit, Safe Work Australia and the Heart Foundation.

Who should study this course?

Medical and non-medical graduates who are passionate about working to see improvements in community health programs through strategy and management.

Find out what we look for in a Public Health applicant.

Completion of this Graduate Diploma program can be used as credit towards a Masters degree.

Completion of this Graduate Diploma program can be used as credit towards a Masters degree.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations in this course.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

The Graduate Diploma in Public Health consists of 48 credit points (cp), including 36cp of core units, and 12cp of elective units.

The majority of core units of study will be scheduled in Semester 1, and all core units will be offered face-to-face or in online mode.

The core units will provide basic health knowledge and skills in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Public Health, Qualitative Health Research, Health Promotion and Public Health Ethics. 

In the elective unit component of the program, you will undertake a minimum of 6cp of PUBH elective units and a maximum of 6 cp of non-PUBH elective units.
Most units of study are also available in online mode.

 

Units of Study

Admission criteria

A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Public Health will hold a degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification. In exceptional circumstances the dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the School, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

Domestic students

International students

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