The Health Communication degrees combine the media expertise of the Media and Communications department with the public health resources of the School of Public Health. They provide the most comprehensive and specialised courses in health communication available in Australia. The one-year (full-time) postgraduate master's degree is designed to meet the needs of those working in, or wishing to work in, the private and public health sectors, as well as non-government and community organisations.
Our units of study provide media skills for professional communicators in health and medicine, public affairs, public relations, community relations and journalism. They also offer a solid, evidence-based education in international health, environmental health, children’s and women’s health, obesity and disease prevention, and health promotion.
The Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate courses provide shorter avenues to update and extend your professional skills, or to explore new career directions.
Our degrees will equip you with knowledge, understanding and expertise across media and health disciplines, incorporating a cross-disciplinary, collaborative approach to media production, media relations, organisational communication, and health promotion. Units of study provide training in campaign development, advocacy, humanitarian and emergency health issues, bioethics, and an understanding of health cultures, policy and systems. The master’s degree elective Internship unit also offers you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience prior to graduation.Units of study available in the degree include: News Writing; Dealing with the Media; Health Communication, International Health Promotion; and Disease Control in Developing Countries.
See also: Media Practice, Publishing, Strategic Public Relations, Digital Cultures
Department website: sydney.edu.au/arts/media_communications/
Dr Olaf Werder
Phone: + 61 2 9114 1219
Awards and requirements
Please refer to the degree resolutions in this handbook for information on the specific admission requirements for different coursework award courses. sydney.edu.au/handbooks/arts_PG/coursework/masters/health_communication.shtml
Graduate Certificate in Health Communication
Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Health Communication must complete 24 credit points, including 12 credit points of core units of study and 12 credit points of elective units of study.
Graduate Diploma in Health Communication
Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Health Communication must complete 36 credit points, including 18 credit points of core units of study and 18 credit points of elective units of study.
Master of Health Communication
Candidates for the Master of Health Communication must complete 48 credit points, including 24 credit points of core units of study and 24 credit points of elective units of study.