Master of Public Health (Professional Practice)

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.

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Public Health who have achieved at least 75 per cent in the first 24 credit points of core coursework. Places are limited and selection will be based on a competitive process which will include elements such as the development of a placement proposal and overall academic performance.

Course outline

Public Health - Sydney Medical School Handbook

Study plan

The Master of Public Health (Professional Practice) consists of 60 credit points (cp), including 32cp of core units, 16cp of elective units (as per the Master of Public Health program) and 12cp of practice placement. Students will undertake a placement consisting of a minimum of 216 hours' work in a practice placement. It is approximately 6 weeks' full-time work (or equivalent part-time work). Initially placements will only be possible in Australia, although this may change in the future.

Professional practice units of study

EITHER the following unit in one semester:

PUBH5040 - Practice Placement in Public Health (Sem 1 or Sem 2) – 12cp


both of the following units across two semesters:

PUBH5041 - Practice Placement in Public Health (Sem 1) - 6cp

PUBH5042 - Practice Placement in Public Health (Sem 2) - 6cp

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The Master of Public Health (Professional Practice) 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

Outstanding graduates may 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


Admission requirements

Available places in the Master of Public Health (Professional Practice) will be offered to applicants based on merit, according to the following admissions criteria:
(a) the applicant to be enrolled in Master of Public Health; and
(b) the applicant to have a weighted average mark of at least 75 per cent in the first 24 credit points of core coursework; and
(c) any other requirements as stated by the school at the time of application.

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

Expressions of interest must be submitted to the MPH Director. Successful applicants will be able to apply for internal transfer.

International students

How to apply

This course is currently 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, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from

Credit card surcharge

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Potential for inaccuracy

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