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Global leaders in public health

  • #3 in Australia Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021
  • #4 in the world 2021 QS Subject Rankings for public health research into sports and physical activity
  • #35 in the world Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021
  • Founded in 1930 Australia's first school of public health
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Public health

Make a real impact in shaping the health of populations
Whether you’re interested in clinical research or biostatistics, managing health programs or impacting change in health policy – build a rewarding career around improving the health of communities.

Courses in public health

Public health professionals come from a variety of health and non-health backgrounds, with a vision for promoting greater health and wellbeing in a sustainable way and reducing inequalities across communities.

Whether you want to interpret research to make strategic decisions for community health, improve the lives of people who are disadvantaged or engage an audience around issues relating to public health the Sydney School of Public Health offers a range of postgraduate course options to suit your needs.

100% online courses



Clinical Epidemiology

Global Health

Health Policy

Indigenous Health Promotion

Public Health

Please note: the Master of Dental Public Health is offered in face-to-face study mode. This program can only be completed remotely with prior approval from the program director.

Postgraduate research

Professional development and short courses


Hear from our public health students and graduates

Why study public health at Sydney?

With more than 90 years of experience in delivering world-class public health education, the University of Sydney School of Public Health is consistently ranked among the world's best.

  • Our programs are developed and taught by leading experts and structured to allow for specialisation.
  • We provide real-world experiences and opportunities for national and international placements through our industry partnerships.
  • Our courses can be completed 100% online. We also offer evening face-to-face classes.
  • We offer part-time, full-time and intensive study options.
  • Our academics are some of the most highly cited public health researchers, whose work has informed policy and practice in Australia and around the world.
  • We provide our students with the skills required to work in a variety of settings around the world to make a real impact on public health issues.

Who you'll learn from

Our public health courses are taught by academics who are the leaders in the Australian public health community and have specialised experience working in organisations such as the World Health OrganizationUNICEFNSW Health, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the Australian Government Department of Health, and Cancer Australia.

You’ll learn from experts such as:

Careers in public health

Every day, graduates from the Sydney School of Public Health are making a difference to the lives of people in Australia and across the globe. Our alumni have gone on to work in diverse roles with national and international organisations, including:

  • Australian and international NGO's such as UNICEF, CARE, Oxfam, Australian Red Cross and Australian Aid
  • government agencies and state and local health districts
  • healthcare organisations, such as hospitals and long-term care facilities
  • private sector companies, such as health insurers and pharmaceutical companies
  • research positions at academic and research institutions.

Graduate story

Meet Vandana Joshi, a doctor turned public health professional who forged a career in humanitarian aid.

Sydney School of Public Health

Alumni profile

Patience Komba
Patience Komba: Master of Global Health graduate
The Master of Global Health expanded my public health knowledge and equipped me with competencies that have enabled me to better design, lead, and manage public health programs in Tanzania and beyond.
Read Patience's story


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