Graduate Diploma in Public Health

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

The Public Health programs at Sydney Medical School focus on the prevention of illness and the promotion of health. Learning opportunities are aimed at developing the essential knowledge and required skills of practitioners in the practice of public health, including the effective management of community health problems to improve conditions and outcomes.

Completion of this Graduate Diploma program can be used as credit towards a Masters degree.

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan

The Graduate Diploma in Public Health consists of 36 credit points (cp), including 24cp of core units, and 12cp of elective units. All core units of study are scheduled in Semester 1. The core units provide basic health knowledge and skills in epidemiology, biostatistics, qualitative research methods, health promotion, and public health. Most electives are in Semester 2 of each year. You will undertake a minimum of 6cp of PUBH elective units and a maximum of 6 cp of non-PUBH elective units.

Most units of study are also available in distance mode.

Core units of study

PUBH5010 - Epidemiology Methods and Uses - 6cp

PUBH5018 - Introductory Biostatistics - 6cp

PUBH5030 - Public Health Achievements and Challenges - 2cp

PUBH5033 - Disease Prevention and Health Promotion - 6cp

QUAL5005 - Introducing Qualitative Health Research - 4cp

Elective units of study

BETH5206 - Introduction to Public Health Ethics - 2cp

PUBH5019 - Cancer Prevention and Control - 6cp

PUBH5020 - Chronic Disease Prevention and Control - 6cp

PUBH5026 - Mass Media Campaigns and Social Marketing - 2cp

PUBH5027 - Public Health Program Evaluation - 2cp

PUBH5029 - Fundamentals of Public Health Nutrition - 4cp

PUBH5032 - Making Decisions in Public Health - 2cp

PUBH5034 - Public Health Capstone - 4cp

PUBH5101 - Special Project in Public Health - 4cp

PUBH5102 - Special Project in Public Health – 2cp

PUBH5111 - Environmental Health - 4cp

PUBH5114 - Alcohol & Drug Use and Health - 4cp

PUBH5115 - Alcohol & Drug Use and Health - 2cp

PUBH5116 - Genetics and Public Health - 4cp

PUBH5117 - Communicable Disease Control - 6cp

PUBH5118 - Indigenous Health Promotion - 4cp

PUBH5205 - Decision Analysis - 2cp

PUBH5206 - Controlled Trials - 2cp

PUBH5211 - Multiple Regression and Statistical Computing - 4cp

PUBH5212 - Categorical Data Analysis - 2cp

PUBH5213 - Survival Analysis - 2cp

PUBH5215 - Introductory Analysis of Linked Data - 6cp

PUBH5224 - Advanced Epidemiology - 6cp

PUBH5302 - Health Economics Evaluation - 4cp

PUBH5307 - Advanced Health Economic Evaluation - 2cp

PUBH5308 - Health Workforce Policy Analysis - 2cp

PUBH5415 - Injury Prevention - 2cp

PUBH5416 - Vaccines in Public Health - 2cp

PUBH5417 - Injury Epidemiology, Prevention and Control - 4cp

PUBH5418 - Tobacco Control in the 21st Century - 6cp

PUBH5419 - Falls Prevention in Older People - 4cp

PUBH5420 - Public Health Advocacy Strategies - 4cp

PUBH5421 - Infection Prevention in Health Care - 6cp

PUBH5422 - Health and Risk Communication - 6cp

PUBH5423 - Adv Concepts: Vaccines in Public Health - 4cp

PUBH5500 - Advanced Qualitative Health Research - 6cp

PUBH5550 - Climate Change and Public Health - 4cp

PUBH5600 - Biosecurity Seminar Series - 6cp

QUAL5005 - Introducing Qualitative Health Research - 4cp

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

The Graduate Diploma in Public Health leads to hands on careers in public health, such as 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 working as a public health officer in government health departments; health education/promotion officer; clinical research manager; health information manager or health project manager.

Admission

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Public Health will hold a degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification. In exceptional circumstances the dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the School, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty.

International students

How to apply

International applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.