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Public health short courses

Improve your skills in public health
Take the next step in your career with one of our public health professional development offerings. We offer options in public health, global health, health policy, bioethics, biostatistics, epidemiology and research.

Sydney Professional Certificates

Sydney Professional Certificates are micro-credentials comprising of two units of study. They are flexible courses designed for time-poor healthcare professionals wanting to undertake study in specialised areas. 

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Units of study via non award

These individual units of study can be taken through formal non-award enrolment. This enables you to receive credit points towards a relevant University of Sydney degree. You will be expected to complete assessment and examination tasks. 

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Public health short courses


  • Introduction to ethical reasoning: gain a background in philosophical ethics necessary to engage in advanced analysis of issues in bioethics.
  • Bioethics, law and society: this course introduces the intersection between health care, ethics and the law.
  • Clinical ethics: gain an overview of the broader ethical issues that underlie the delivery of healthcare.
  • Human and animal research ethics: explore the ethical underpinnings of the research endeavor in both humans and non-human animals, including the justifications for engaging in research and core ethical issues arising in research.
  • Ethics and public health: an overview of the ethical and political issues that underlie public health and public health research.
  • Ethics and mental health: this course will provide participants with a broad perspective of issues in bioethics applied to mental health and mental illness.
  • Arts in health: the course offers a rich and detailed exploration of varying debates in the scholarly and practice-based fields of arts-and-health.
  • Medicines, policy, economics and ethics: explore and critique policies and processes related to medicines, examining how research and development agendas are set, how medicines are assessed and evaluated, and how new technologies are translated into practice.

Clinical epidemiology and biostatistics

  • Introductory analysis of linked data: this 5-day short course introduces the topic of the analysis of linked data at an introductory to intermediate level. It acquaints health services researchers, clinical practitioners and managers with the theory and skills needed to analyse linked health data.
  • Writing and reviewing medical papers: learn the why, what, where and how of getting your paper published on this practical short course.
  • Modern Statistical Learning: this two-day workshop aims to provide an introduction to machine learning language and methods to applied statisticians and health researchers involved in statistical analysis.

Health policy

  • Business of health: this course gives a systematic introduction into how Australia’s health system functions as a business system.

Qualitative health research methods

  • Qualitative health in research: this course provides a comprehensive introduction to qualitative inquiry in health. It is designed for beginners and people who want an advanced-level introduction.
  • Advanced qualitative analysis and writing: this intermediate course assumes a basic understanding of qualitative research and instead focuses on qualitative analysis and writing. 

These short courses are variants of units of study available for direct registration. This enables you to complete the unit without formal university enrolment. You will receive a certificate of completion, however, you will not receive credit points towards a University of Sydney degree.