Master of Veterinary Public Health
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The Master of Veterinary Public Health lets you develop your career while working at the same time. Designed for students who are full time employed, this distance course will connect you with other professionals working across the globe and teach you to meet the emerging challenges of infections diseases and animal health.
The two-year part time course is taught fully by distance, using interactive online classrooms that connect you to professionals in the field, support your learning and host weekly interaction with teachers.
Offered in conjunction with the School of Public Health at Sydney, the Master of Veterinary Public Health prepares students to meet the modern challenges of preventing animal disease outbreaks and managing animal health. Subjects include veterinary epidemiology, biostatistics, hazards to human and animal health, animal health economics, animal health policy development, data management and data analysis. The units of study available in the Veterinary Public Health program are also offered in the Veterinary Public Health Management (VPHMgt) program.
Graduates of the Veterinary Public Health courses at University of Sydney are in high demand in animal health jobs that contribute to disease control, surveillance, biosecurity and research. You can expect to find employment opportunities in diverse positions related to livestock, companion animals, wildlife or interacting with human health across various organisations including government, industry, NGOs, research and pharmaceutical companies.
A candidate for the Master of Veterinary Public Health will satisfactorily complete units of study granting a minimum of 48 credit points (cp) by a combination of online distance units. Candidates must complete 12cp towards a supervised research project.
Further course information
Except with permission of the dean, candidates for the Master of Veterinary Public Health must obtain a minimum WAM of 70 in the first 24 credit points completed in order to proceed to the Research units of study. Candidates who fail to achieve the required WAM will be transferred to the Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Public Health.
A capstone experience comprises one or more units of study designed by the faculty to provide students with an opportunity to draw together the learning that has taken place during the award, synthesise this with their prior learning and experience, and draw conclusions that will form the basis for further investigation, and intellectual and/or professional growth. For the Master of Veterinary Public Health all students complete a 12 credit point research project as a capstone experience.
Course outcomes and further study
Completing the Veterinary Public Health 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.
Postgraduate coursework at the Faculty of Veterinary Science provides an opportunity for students wishing to progress to a higher degree by research in veterinary science. The following research degrees are offered in the Faculty of Veterinary Science:
Master of Veterinary Science, Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies, Master of Science in Veterinary Science, Doctor of Philosophy
Other study options
Coursework units of study may be taken on a non-award basis for students wishing to explore a specific area of interest or support their research.
A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Veterinary Public Health will:
(a) hold a bachelor’s degree (with Honours) or higher award with a minimum credit average 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 with a WAM of at least 70, or equivalent qualification; or
(c) have completed the requirements of an embedded graduate diploma in this discipline from the University of Sydney with a WAM of at least 70 in the first 24 credit points completed, 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 applicants have biostatistics knowledge at an undergraduate level. A short online course is available if you need background biostatistics.
How to apply
How to apply
Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty.
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.
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.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2016, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2016, 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.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to 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 fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
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.
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 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.