Health Communication
Postgraduate Coursework 2012 Overview



Our Health Communication degree combines the media expertise of the Media and Communications department with the public health resources of the School of Public Health, providing the most comprehensive and specialised course in health communication in Australia.

Health communicators are one of the largest industry workforces in public relations and media. This one-year (full-time) postgraduate degree is designed to meet the needs of those working in, or wishing to work in both the private and public sectors as well as non-government and community organisations. Our units of study provide media skills for professional communicators in health and medicine, public affairs, public relations, community relations and journalism. They also offer a solid, evidence-based education in public health, with subjects including international health, environmental health, children’s and women’s health, obesity and disease prevention, and health promotion.

Our degree will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and expertise across media and health disciplines, incorporating a cross-disciplinary, collaborative approach to media production, media relations, organisational communication, and health promotion. Units of study provide training in campaign development, advocacy, humanitarian and emergency health issues, bioethics, and an understanding of health cultures, policy and systems.

The elective internship unit open to Masters students, offers you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience prior to graduation.

Units of Study


Some of the units of study you will be studying in this degree include: News Writing; Dealing With the Media; Tobacco Control; International Health Promotion; and Disease Control in Developing Countries.
For a full list of units of study available in this degree, see the Arts Postgraduate Handbook online




The 'Dual Masters Degrees' arrangement enables eligible students enrolled in the Master of Arts or the Master of Public Health at Fudan University to also complete the University of Sydney Master of Arts in Health Communication degree in the second year of their three year Master of Arts or Master of Public Health at Fudan University.

This is not a joint or double degree. Student’s from Fudan University are still required to complete the usual requirements for course credits for their Fudan Master of Arts or Master of Public Health, but are permitted to complete these course credits in a shorter period of time to allow for the simultaneous completion of the University of Sydney Master of Arts in Health Communication degree (subject to the terms of the Agreement). Students will, subject to successfully completing the requirements of the two institutions, graduate with two distinct MA degrees. Fudan students studying under this agreement do the same units as all other students, except that Dissertation units at Sydney are excluded.

Eligibility and Selection

A Student Candidate will only be eligible for the University of Sydney Master Degree as part of the Dual Masters Degrees if s/he:

a) provides a formal letter signed by an authorised representative of Fudan University advising the Sydney contact below that the Student Candidate is approved to be involved in the Dual Masters Degrees  by Fudan University, as part of the Student Candidates normal application for admission as an international student to the University of Sydney Master Degree; and that the prospective applicant has successfully completed two (2) academic semesters of  a Fudan Master Degree (as determined by Fudan University);

(b) Fudan students can then proceed to lodge an application at the following link
Fudan students are eligible for a Application fee waiver.

The University of Sydney may reject a Student Candidate in accordance with its standard admissions and/or enrolment policies. The University of Sydney will provide written reasons for rejecting any Student Candidate.  

Program Expenses

Fudan Students participating in the University of Sydney Master Degree are required to pay all relevant fees, including tuition fees to the University of Sydney.  However, Fudan Students are exempt from paying the application processing fee for admission to the University of Sydney Master Degree.

Fudan Students will be responsible for all living, travel, insurance and ancillary costs in connection with the University of Sydney Master Degree.  Fudan Students enrolling in the University of Sydney Master Degree at the University of Sydney are required to pay for Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).  

For more information about the Dual Masters program, contact:

The University of Sydney
Dr Fiona Giles
Department of Media and Communications
T +61 2 9036 6272

Fudan University
Lina Lee, Program Coordinator
International Exchange Office
School of Journalism
Fudan University
T +86-21-55664686
F +86-21-65644784