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.

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan

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.

Embedded courses

Further course information

Progression rules

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.

Capstone experience

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

Graduate opportunities

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.

Further study

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.

Admission

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Veterinary Public Health will:
(a) hold an Australian Masters, Graduate Diploma or Honours Bachelor’s degree in veterinary, animal or biological sciences (with an animal-health focus) or, an overseas equivalent OR;
(b) hold a Bachelor’s degree (Pass) in veterinary, animal or biological sciences (with an animal-health focus) with a credit average (65%) or, an overseas equivalent OR;
(c) have completed the requirements of the University of Sydney Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate in this discipline with a WAM of at least 70 in the first 24 credit points completed. Units completed in the Graduate Diploma/Graduate Certificate will be credited to the Masters.

Assumed knowledge: Biostatistics at an undergraduate level. A short online course is available as a refresher.

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.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty.

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, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. 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, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

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 or MasterCard. 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.