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.

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.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2016, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

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

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

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

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.