Graduate Diploma in Public Health Law

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

Sydney Law School offers one of the nation’s leading postgraduate programs in health and medical law. The Graduate Diploma in Public Health Law (GradDipPubHL) provides a specialist postgraduate qualification focusing on laws and legal strategies for protecting and promoting public health.

The GradDipPubHL consists of two core units and two optional units. Graduates from either diploma may apply to upgrade to the Master of Health Law (MHL). Those with a particular interest in public health law may enrol in the GradDipPubHL, or choose public health elective units within the MHL.

Postgraduate study in health law is of benefit to people working in a wide range of professional areas, including legal practice, the medical profession, nursing and the allied health care professions, government, health administration and professional and statutory bodies.

Subject to meeting progression requirements, you can apply to transfer to the Master of Health Law.

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan

Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Public Health Law complete 24 credit points, which is equivalent to 4 units of study. There are two compulsory units of study, Critical Issues in Public Health Law and New Directions in Public Health Law & Policy. Students without a law degree must also complete the units, Legal Reasoning & the Common Law System or Introduction to Law for Health Professionals. The remaining units of study are selected from a wide range of relevant electives.

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

The Graduate Diploma in Public Health Law (GradDipPubHL) is designed lawyers or non-lawyers who wish to upgrade their qualification(s) for the purposes of career advancement or professional and academic interest.


Admission requirements

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit, according to the following admissions criteria.

Admission to the course requires:
(a) a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney in law, medicine, nursing or other appropriate discipline as determined by the Faculty, or an equivalent qualification; or
(b) a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification; and the applicant provides evidence of professional experience or of a period of service (normally of several years in duration) which in the opinion of the Dean adequately prepares the applicant to undertake the course of study.

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 Faculty Handbook 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 Sydney Law School. As many units of study are taught intensively, admission and enrolment in individual units may be possible year round. Please contact the Law School Postgraduate Team for more information

International students

How to apply

This degree is not available to international students.

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, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at:

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.