Graduate Diploma in Health Communication

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

Health communication comprises one of the largest industry workforces in public relations and media, acting as a fundamental bridge between medical bodies, public health authorities and the wider public through the media.

The Master of Health Communication delivers core media skills to help you become an effective communicator across health and medicine, public affairs, public relations, community relations and journalism.

Our unique Health Communication program is the most comprehensive and specialised course of its kind in Australia, combining the expertise of the University of Sydney’s Department of Media and Communications with the public health resources of the School of Public Health. With a cross-disciplinary and collaborative approach to both media and health disciplines, our program incorporates news production, media relations, organisational communication, and health promotion.

As a Master of Health Communication graduate, you will enter the profession with a solid evidence-based education in international health, children’s and women’s health, obesity and disease prevention, and environmental health. Our training also covers such topics as campaign development, advocacy, humanitarian and emergency health issues, bioethics, and an understanding of health cultures, policy and systems. Featuring a well-regarded internship program, you will have the chance to attain high-level skills from work experience while fostering professional contacts and networks prior to completion.

Graduates of our program have gone on to careers in public and corporate health communications, healthcare public affairs, public relations, community relations, healthcare promotions and health journalism. Designed to meet the needs of those already working in, or hoping to enter the private and public health sectors, as well as non-government and community organisations, our program allows you to update and extend your professional skills or explore new career directions.

Further course information

Study plan

The Graduate Diploma in Health Communication requires the satisfactory completion of:
(a) a minimum of 24 credit points of core units of study; and
(b) a maximum 24 credit points from elective units of study. With the permission of the Degree Coordinator a maximum of 6 credit points can be taken as elective units from units of study outside those listed in the Health Communication subject area of the Postgraduate Unit of Study Table.

Graduate opportunities

The degree will equip students with knowledge, understanding and expertise across media and health disciplines, using a cross disciplinary, collaborative approach to media production, media relations, organisational communication, public health, campaign development, advocacy, health promotion, bioethics and understanding of health systems. The elective internship unit available to Masters students will ensure they have the opportunity to gain work experience prior to graduation.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma in Health Communication requires:

(a) a bachelor's degree with a minimum 60% average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply:
(i) directly to the University via the International Office. Further information on applications and English language requirements and support services for international students is available on the International Office website; or

(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Note: International students are required to enrol on a full-time basis.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Diploma in Health Communication.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

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Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

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Additional incidental fees

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Potential for inaccuracy

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International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students not available for Graduate Diploma in Health Communication.

Annual review

Annual review not available for Graduate Diploma in Health Communication.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

Additional incidental fees and health insurance not available for Graduate Diploma in Health Communication.

Potential for inaccuracy

Potential for inaccuracy not available for Graduate Diploma in Health Communication.