Master of 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. The programs are offered at a graduate diploma and master’s degree level.

With a large number of units of study to choose from, you can tailor the program to suit your individual needs. You may choose to take a variety of subjects or study subjects within one of five pathways:

- Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (Communicable Disease)
- Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (Injury)
- Public Health Research
- Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (Chronic Disease)
- Health Economics/Health Policy.

Pathways are highly flexible and students may choose units of study according to their interest, subject to study load and prerequisites.

*Sydney Medical School is ranked number one in Australia in the 2016 QS World University Rankings by subject.

Course outline

Public Health - Sydney Medical School Handbook

Study Plan

The Master of Public Health consists of 48 credit points (cp), including 32cp of core units, and 16cp of elective units. The majority of core units of study are scheduled in Semester 1.

The core units provide basic health knowledge and skills in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Public Health, Qualitative Health Research, Health Promotion and Public Health Ethics. Most electives are in semester two of each year.

You will undertake a minimum of 8cp of PUBH electives and a maximum of 8cp of non PUBH elective units. Many 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

PUBH5032 - Making Decisions in Public Health - 2cp

PUBH5033 - Disease Prevention and Health Promotion - 6cp

PUBH5034 - Public Health Capstone - 4cp

QUAL5005 - Introducing Qualitative Health Research - 4cp

BETH5206 - Introduction to Public Health Ethics - 2cp

Elective units of study:

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 Evaliation - 2cp

PUBH5029 - Fundamentals of Public Health Nutrition - 4cp

PUBH5101 - Special Project in Public Health - 4cp

PUBH5102 - Special Project in Public Health - 2cp

PUBH5111 - Environmental Health - 4cp

PUBH5114 - Alcohol and Drug Use and Health - 4cp

PUBH5115 - Alcohol and 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

PUBH5114 - Advanced Epidemiology - 6cp

PUBH5302 - Health Economic Evaluation - 4cp

PUBH5307 - Advanced Health Economic Evaluation - 2cp

PUBH5308 - Health Work 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

Embedded courses

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The Master of 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.

Further study

A Professional Practice degree is available to high achieving students creating the opportunity to undertake a supervised work placement and giving them a competitive edge in the employment market.
Alternatively, high-achieving students interested in disease prevention can extend their MPH with the addition of advanced and specialised study in chronic disease prevention.

Outstanding graduates may also be eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy or Master of Philosophy offered by Sydney Medical School. A research degree provides students with the opportunity to prepare a substantial piece of work which represents a significant contribution in a particular field of study; and to gain transferable skills in general research methodology.
Sydney Medical School is affiliated with over 40 independent medical research institutes aimed at achieving medical firsts in specialist areas of health and medicine.
It provides an outstanding environment for postgraduate research. Sydney Medical School's research activities consistently attract high levels of funding from the Commonwealth and state governments, overseas funding agencies and other public and private sources.

Other study options

Sydney Medical School offers a wide range of short professional development courses for health professionals through its clinical schools, disciplines and associated research institutes.

Many of the courses offered are pre-accredited for Continuing Medical Education (CME) points, and other courses may be awarded CME points on request to your relevant association or professional body. For further information and a list of courses available please see the Sydney Medical School website http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/study/short-courses/index.php

Admission

Admission requirements

The Master of Public Health requires an undergraduate degree in public health, medicine, medical science, nursing, allied health (including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, optometry), dentistry, veterinary science, education, communication and journalism, science, arts, psychology, social science, political science, policy analysis, government, international relations, engineering, architecture, mathematics, law, economics, commerce, business, accounting or marketing for admission.

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.

Please note: only applications received by 15 November will be considered for a Commonwealth Supported Place in the following year.

International students

How to apply

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

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount

The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 2017 amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

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.

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