Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Public Health Management

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

The Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Public Health Management makes career enhancement easy for busy animal health professionals. With convenient online courses and short residential sessions, this distance degree provides the perfect environment for boosting your skill and leadership across the animal health sciences.

If you're a professional based in a regional or rural centre in Australia, or if you're located overseas, the one-and-a-half-year part time Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Public Health Management will help you advance your career while fitting in with your schedule. This flexible course is delivered largely through distance education units of study, using online classrooms, with three short residential intensive blocks (three to five days in length) during the course. We understand that our students juggle work and family commitments, so this program allows you to enrol in as few units of study as you need in order to make your study manageable.

With its combination of scientific skills and leadership training, this course will turn you into a veterinarian or animal scientists who can benefit the health of the whole community. Through technical training in epidemiology, risk analysis, surveillance, outbreak investigation and data analysis, you will learn to meet the challenges of emerging infectious diseases and zoonoses. And the unique addition of leadership, change management, policy development and project management will prepare you for animal health management careers in government, animal health industries, academia and consultancy.

You will be guided by world-class facilitators who are leaders in their own field. The online format of most of our units allows us to select the best teachers from around the world to facilitate our courses. Our facilitators not only have theoretical understanding of their own field but apply their skills on a routine basis to solve intricate animal and public health problems and are thus able to bring real life experience of problem-solving to the classroom.

Course outline

Study plan

A candidate for the Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Public Health Management will satisfactorily complete units of study granting 36 credit points by a combination of online distance units and three short (three to five days in length) residential sessions.

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

Completing the Veterinary Public Health Management postgraduate courses at University of Sydney provides an excellent path for graduates to pursue animal health careers that contribute to disease control, surveillance, biosecurity and research. Employment opportunities are available in diverse positions related to livestock, companion animals, wildlife or interacting with human health and are available in various organisations including:
- Government agencies at regional, state and national levels;
- Industry agencies serving livestock producers, animal owners, wildlife carers;
- International agencies and non-government organisations serving human health and animal health and welfare;
- Education and research institutions; and
- Pharmaceutical and ancillary companies.


Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Public Health Management will:
(a) hold a bachelor’s degree or higher award from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification, in veterinary science or animal science; or
(b) have completed the requirements of an embedded graduate certificate in this discipline from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification.
Previous study in an animal-health related field is required. Some basic skills in Microsoft Word and Excel would be an advantage. It is assumed that you have biostatistics knowledge at an undergraduate level. A short online course is available if you need background biostatistics.

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. On-time applications for the March Semester close on 31 January. On-time applications for the July Semester close on 30 June. Late applications will be accepted, but priority is given to those who submit before the application deadline.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants can only study this course in their home country and may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent). This course is not available to international students studying in Australia with a student visa.

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

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.