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Overview

The Master of Global Health prepares graduates to work and improve the health of populations in the global context.

The course has a specific focus on achieving equity in health for people worldwide and on preparing you to apply public health principles in some of the most challenging and demanding conditions in the world.

Why study global 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.

  • International and professional placement opportunities - you will have the opportunity to undertake a diverse range of international and professional placements and apply knowledge learnt in class to real-world projects with organisations in several Asian countries. We have a dedicated academic staff as the country coordinator for each of our partner countries.

  • Opportunity to tailor your learning in your chosen field –  the new 1.5-year Master of Global Health – the only one of its kind in Australia – will provide you the time needed to build competency and gain skills from a wide range of global health electives and electives from 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 in their own country.

  • Apply global health principles - newly designed 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.

  • Research training – our Research Dissertation capstone will equip you with the critical thinking 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 and Uganda. 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.

  • Make a real difference - you will have opportunity to be part of teams and involved in current projects that are making a real difference in disadvantaged international communities.

Who should study this course?

Medical or health and non-medical or health background graduates that are passionate about improving the health outcomes of people around the world.

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

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.

There are a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) available for students commencing their degree in Semester 1. Therefore, only Semester 1 applications received by 1 December of the previous year will be considered for a CSP. 

Please submit your CV with relevant global/public health work experience and your academic transcript, as these are used to rank candidates. 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 - 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

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.

In the core elective component of the program, you will undertake a minimum of 12 cp of which 6cp will be from each stream: Stream 1: Policy/System Management (6 cp) and Stream 2: Advanced Skills (6 cp)

In the elective component of the program, you will undertake a minimum of 12 cp of GLOH prefixed elective units and up to a maximum of 18 cp of non GLOH elective units.

In the capstone component of the program,  you will undertake a minimum of 6cp to a maximum of 12cp. If you are eligible for any of the 12 cp capstone units, then remaining electives should be planned carefully and meet the minimum 12 cp of GLOH prefixed elective units.

In general, core units are completed in semester one of each year, electives are completed in semester two of each year and capstone units are completed in the final semester.

Teaching methods involve structured and problem-oriented learning. Structured learning is achieved through direct teaching and self-instructional material such as course notes, computer exercises and reading lists.

 

Group learning is encouraged to ensure valuable experience and knowledge are exchanged between local and international students. 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

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.


Commonwealth Supported Places

There are a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) available for students commencing their degree in Semester 1. Therefore, only Semester 1 applications received by 1 December of the previous year will be considered for a CSP. 

Please submit your CV with relevant global/public health work experience and your academic transcript, as these are used to rank candidates. If you do not submit these documents then we cannot assess your eligibility.

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 oppportunities that exist for our graduates.

Career Pathways

The Master of Global Health will lead to hands on careers in public health, i.e. working with people in the field, as well as research-oriented jobs which involve conducting studies and examining overall health trends.

Careers in public health include public health officer in a health service, public health advisor to an international aid agency or government department in a developing country, or a researcher at a university or research centre.

Graduates of this course are able to obtain employment with non-government organisations (NGO's) internationally and in Australia, government ministries in developing countries, 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.

Domestic students

International students

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.