Master of International Public Health
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
International public health is concerned with public health in low and middle-income countries. Our staff have extensive international experience working in countries like Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia and Vietnam in Asia, and Ghana, Kenya and Ugandan in sub-Saharan Africa. Our courses cover control of infectious diseases such as malaria and HIV/AIDS , as well as the new epidemic of non-communicable diseases.
Our teaching staff are active within the international public health community and have practical experience working in developing countries. They regularly provide advice on graduate career placement and can facilitate a work attachment in an international environment as part of your degree.
Our strong collegial spirit means that all students have a complete and satisfying experience.
You will be in a global classroom. Our students come from all over the world, giving you the opportunity to share experiences and learn from your peers as well as from your teachers.
The Master of International Public Health consists of 48 credit points (cp), which includes four core units that total 24cp. Students are required to complete 24cp of elective units of study. There may be an opportunity to undertake a 12cp research dissertation as an elective unit provided a minimum weighted average mark of 70 per cent is achieved in at least 24cp of coursework and approval from the course coordinator is obtained.
In general, core units are completed in semester one of each year and electives are completed in semester two of each year. Teaching methods involve structured and problem-oriented learning. Structured learning is achieved through direct teaching and self-instructional material such as course notes, computer exercises and reading lists. Group learning is encouraged to ensure valuable experience and knowledge are exchanged between local and international students. Study support groups are also formed for class presentations.
Further course information
Course outcomes and further study
The Master of International Public Health will lead to hands on careers in public health, i.e. 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 public health officer in a health service, public health advisor to an international aid agency or government department in a developing country, or a researcher at a university or research centre.
Graduates of the Master of International Public Health are able to obtain employment with non-government organisations (NGO’s) internationally and in Australia, government ministries in developing countries, multilateral and bilateral agencies (such as AusAID , the United Nations or the World Health Organization), Australian health services and academic institutions.
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 http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/future-students/courses/short-courses.php
A successful applicant for admission to the Master of International Public Health degree will hold a four-year degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification. In exceptional circumstances the dean may admit applicants without this qualification who, in the opinion of the school, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.
How to apply
How to apply
Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2014, 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 2013 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 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, 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.