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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely. 

About this course

The Master of Global Health recognises the connection between health and threats to health around the world. Through our teaching and research expertise we prepare graduates to redress the inequitable distribution of health and health resources, and to improve health globally.

Our program is underpinned by the principles of equity, community participation, sustainability, the use of knowledge for action, and trans-disciplinary, evidenced-based, systems thinking.

The aim of the Master of Global Health program is to train graduates with the skills and knowledge to engage in activities which support and improve health and well-being throughout the life course and across the globe. We support students to act with cultural humility and engage in collaborative partnerships to effect sustainable solutions.

Our graduates have skills in research methods, intervention implementation, systems reform, communication, advocacy, and governance. They can work in trans-disciplinary teams, and nurture genuine partnerships with communities to develop local solutions and reduce health inequities.

Why study global health with us?

  • Choose face-to-face or 100% online course delivery - this course is offered face-to-face or 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.

  • International and professional placement opportunities - there are opportunities for international and domestic placements for high achieving students to apply knowledge learnt in class to real-world projects with partnering organisations in Asia.

  • Opportunity to tailor your learning in your chosen field –  the 1.5-year Master of Global Health – the first of its kind in Australia – will provide you the time needed to build competency and gain skills from a wide range of both skill and content based units of study specific to our program  and also within other programs within the Sydney School of Public Health. Our emphasis on practical skills and rigorous methods will allow you to stand out from the crowd and improve your career prospects. Our graduates work in a range of international settings including the World Health Organization, non-government agencies, such as Medecins San Frontiers and Oxfam, as well as bilateral aid agencies and ministries of health around the world.

  • Apply global health principles - core units and electives will provide you with insight into the historical and contemporary contexts of global health and global health interventions, as well the practical skills needed for working in the field and within the community.

  • Research training – our Research Dissertation capstone will equip you with the critical analysis skills and research training necessary to prepare for a higher research degree and conduct applied research as part of your global health career.

  • First class teaching - this course is taught by highly experienced academic staff who are active within the global health community and have experience working in countries such as Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Uganda, Australia, England, and the USA. With students coming from different parts of the world, you will be part of a cohort that allows you to share experiences and learn from your peers as well as your teachers.

Who should study this course?

Medical or health and non-medical or health background graduates that are passionate about engaging in activities which support and improve health and well-being throughout the life course and across the globe. We seek students who act with cultural humility and are interested in engaging in collaborative partnerships to effect sustainable solutions.

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

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this course for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSP places are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for 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

Scholarships

We’ve relaunched our scholarships program and offer a variety of postgraduate coursework scholarships for both domestic and international students.

Scholarships available to Global Health students include:

Criteria, eligibility and application deadlines vary. Check the scholarships website or contact the school directly for information on the full suite of scholarships on offer.

We’ve relaunched our scholarships program and offer a variety of postgraduate coursework scholarships for both domestic and international students.

Criteria, eligibility and application deadlines vary. Check the scholarships website or contact the school directly for more information.


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

The program is organised so that you can do core units in Semester 1, then build on your core skills and knowledge in the electives while studying with your cohort.

We encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited.

There are a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for students commencing their degree; these are offered in Semester 1. Therefore, we again encourage you to commence study in Semester 1. Applications for Semester 2 received by 13 June will be considered for a CSP if there are any remaining from the Semester 1 intake.

Please submit the following: 

  • Your CV with relevant global/public health work experience; 
  • Your academic transcript, and 
  • Your statement of intent (your motivation for studying the course).

These are used to rank candidates for CSP’s and match you with an academic advisor. If you do not submit these documents, then we cannot assess your eligibility.

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 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

The program is organised so that you can do core units in Semester 1, then build on your core skills and knowledge in the electives while studying with your cohort.

We encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited.

There are a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for students commencing their degree; these are offered in Semester 1. Therefore, we again encourage you to commence study in Semester 1. Applications for Semester 2 received by 13 June will be considered for a CSP if there are any remaining from the Semester 1 intake.

Please submit the following: 

  • Your CV with relevant global/public health work experience; 
  • Your academic transcript, and 
  • Your statement of intent (your motivation for studying the course).

These are used to rank candidates for CSP’s and match you with an academic advisor. If you do not submit these documents, then we cannot assess your eligibility.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

This course consists of 72 credit points (cp).

The four core units that total 24 cp will provide overarching concepts of global health, an understanding of skills for working in global health, biostatistics and epidemiology. All core units are offered in Semester 1 only. We therefore strongly recommend prospective students to begin their course in Semester 1 and study with their cohort.

In the selective component of the program, you will undertake a minimum of 24cp from Part 1: Policy/System/Management (6 cp), Part 2: Advanced Methods (6 cp) and Part 3: Global Health Focussed (12 cp).

In the general elective component of the program, you will undertake a maximum of 12 cp of units of study.

In the capstone component of the program, you will undertake a minimum of 6cp of units of study.

In general, core units are completed in Semester 1 of each year, electives are completed in Semester 2 of each year and capstone units are completed in the final semester.

Group learning is encouraged to ensure valuable experience and knowledge are exchanged among students and to prepare Master of Global Health graduates for global health careers in which working effectively in teams is an essential skill. Study support groups are also formed for class presentations.

We encourage you to contact the Program Course Coordinator to plan your course as early as possible.

Units of Study

Who you'll learn from

  • Program Director,  Associate Professor Camille Raynes-Greenow, is a perinatal epidemiologist who teaches the unit on women’s and children’s health and conducts research focussed on reducing perinatal morbidity and mortality
  • Program Co-coordinator, Dr Erin Hunter, teaches qualitative research skills and conducts research into menstrual health.  
  • Program Co-coordinator, Dr Tanvir Huda, teaches project management, and conducts research in social protection, nutrition, and health equity. 
  • Dr Sarah Bernays teaches the Skills in Global Health unit and researches community responses to infectious diseases to improve prevention and treatment outcomes, with particular expertise in adolescent global health.  
  • Dr Seye Abimbola teaches the Foundations in Global Health unit and is the Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Global Health.  His research is aimed at improving the governance of health systems and health research, globally.
  • Associate Professor Ying Zhang is an epidemiologist. She teaches and researches climate change and global health. Associate Professor Zhang is the Co-Chair of the MJA-Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change in Australia. 
  • Professor Michael Dibley teaches Nutrition in Global Settings and conducts research on maternal and child nutrition.  
  • Professor Joel Negin (Head of School) researches and teaches in the area of strengthening health systems.   
  • Dr Megan Cox is an emergency specialist, teaching and researching in global emergency care
  • Dr Justin Beardsley is an infectious disease specialist whose research includes fungal infections, anti-microbial resistance, and the role of One Health in both.  
  • Dr Phoebe Williams is a Paediatrician and Infectious Diseases Physician with research interests focussed on antimicrobial resistance, especially in children in low resource settings. 
  • Professor Merrilyn Walton supports dissertation students and is a leading expert in One Health.
  • Professor Mu Li teaches project management and is a world expert in public health nutrition, particularly iodine deficiency.

Admission criteria

To be eligible for admission, an applicant is required to have:

  • an Australian bachelor's degree with honours or a graduate diploma or a graduate certificate or an equivalent qualification or
  • an Australian bachelor's degree in a relevant field (eg. medicine and health fields such as dentistry, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy or science, mathematics, veterinary science, or humanities and social sciences fields such as international relations, international development, economics, political science, communication and journalism, or education, or civil engineering, or law) or equivalent qualification or
  • an Australian bachelor's degree in an unrelated field and two years professional work experience in health or international development.

For qualifications awarded outside Australia, equivalencies and admission criteria are determined based on the country, institution and qualification.

Please submit your CV with relevant global/public health work experience, a personal statement of intent (letter of motivation for studying the course), and your academic transcript, as these are used to rank candidates. If you do not submit these documents, then we cannot assess your eligibility.

Commonwealth Supported Places

There are a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for students commencing their degree and these are offered in Semester 1. Therefore we strongly encourage you to commence study in Semester 1, but apply by December 1st in the previous year. Applications for Semester 2 received by 13 June will be considered for a CSP if there are any remaining from the Semester 1 intake. 

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Future study options

Outstanding graduates may be eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy offered by Sydney School of Public Health. A research degree provides students with the opportunity to prepare a substantial piece of work which represents a significant contribution in a particular field of study; and to gain transferable skills in general research methodology. Sydney School of Public Health is affiliated with over 40 independent medical research institutes aimed at achieving medical firsts in specialist areas of health and medicine. It provides an outstanding environment for postgraduate research. Sydney School of Public Health research activities consistently attract high levels of funding from the Commonwealth and state governments, overseas funding agencies and other public and private sources.

Our Head of School outlines some of the career opportunities that exist for our graduates.

Career Pathways

The Master of Global Health will lead to hands on careers in global health, (i.e., program implementation and evaluation), as well as research-oriented jobs which involve conducting studies and examining overall health trends.

Careers in global health include monitoring and evaluation officer in a non-government organisation (NGO), public health officer in a health service, public health advisor to an international aid agency or government department, or a researcher at a university or research centre.

Graduates of this course are able to obtain employment with non-government organisations internationally and in Australia, government ministries, multilateral and bilateral agencies (such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the United Nations or the World Health Organization), Australian health services and academic institutions.

Stella's career timeline

2021 - present Technical Officer, Clinical Service Unit
FHI360, Indonesia Office
2019 - 2020 Master of Global Health
University of Sydney
2017 - 2019 Attending Doctor - ICU Ward 
Gading Pluit General Hospital, Indonesia
2016 - 2017 Medical Doctor Internship 
Situbondo District Hospital, Indonesia
2013 - 2015 Doctor of Medicine
Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia
2009-2013 Bachelor of Medicine
Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia
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Are you passionate about improving health equity? Do you want to engage with communities in activities that improve health and well-being throughout the life-course and across the globe? The Master of Global Health will help you develop your skills to achieve your vision and make a difference.

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