HIV, STIs and Sexual Health

Graduate Certificate in Medicine (HIV, STIs and Sexual Health)

Graduate Diploma in Medicine (HIV, STIs and Sexual Health)

Master of Medicine (HIV, STIs and Sexual Health)

Master of Medicine (Advanced) (HIV, STIs and Sexual Health)

 

Graduate Certificate in Science in Medicine (HIV, STIs and Sexual Health)

Graduate Diploma in Science in Medicine (HIV, STIs and Sexual Health)

Master of Science in Medicine (HIV, STIs and Sexual Health)

Master of Science in Medicine (Advanced) (HIV, STIs and Sexual Health)

 

  Graduate Certificate Graduate Diploma Master Master (Advanced)
Course code (degree in Medicine)

GCMEDICI2HSX

GCMEDICI2HSX

MAMEDICI4HSX

MAMEDADV1HSX

Course code (degree in Science in Medicine) GCSCMEDI1HSX GCSCMEDI1HSX MASCMEDI1HSX MASCMEAD1HSX
 

Available pathways:

Clinical Medicine
Counselling
Laboratory
Nursing
Public Health

Available pathways:

Clinical Medicine
Counselling
Laboratory
Nursing
Public Health

Available pathways:

Clinical Medicine
Counselling
Laboratory
Nursing
Public Health

Available pathways:

Clinical Medicine
Counselling
Laboratory
Nursing
Public Health

CRICOS code Medicine: 083649E
Science in Medicine: 083650A
Medicine: 083647G
Science in Medicine: 083648F
Medicine: 083643M
Science in Medicine: 083721B
Medicine: 083644K
Science in Medicine: 083646G
Degree Abbreviation

GradCertMed(HSSH)
GradCertScMed(HSSH)

GradDipMed(HSSH)
GradDipScMed(HSSH)
MMed(HSSH)
MScMed(HSSH)
MMed(Adv)(HSSH)
MScMed(Adv)(HSSH)
Credit points required to complete 24 36 48 60
Time to complete full-time 0.5 years 1 year 1 year 1.5 years
Time to complete part-time 1 - 2 years  1.5 - 3 years 2 - 4 years 2 - 5 years

Overview

The Master of HIV, STIs and Sexual Health provides a comprehensive, evidence-based, inter-professional and research-intensive learning experience that meets the needs of Australian and international students working in a range of disciplines related to HIV, STIs and sexual health. It also creates opportunities to seamlessly transition to research candidature.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are major public health concerns in both developed and developing countries, with millions of adults and children becoming infected each year. Effective prevention, diagnosis, management and surveillance of HIV and STIs require a thorough understanding of issues such as microbiology, immunology, diagnostics, therapeutics, harm reduction strategies and program delivery. Optimum delivery of such services needs to be on a sound basis of holistic concepts of sexual health, sexuality, sexual function, sexual abuse, sex education and reproductive health.

Core units of study provide professionals with foundational competence in medicine, nursing, laboratory, counselling and public health focussed pathways. An additional wide range of electives creates opportunities for candidates to explore related areas of interest. Furthermore, the cross-professional structure encourages candidates to develop effective multidisciplinary collaborative approaches and prepares them for work in a wide variety of healthcare settings.

All units of study are founded on evidence-based practice and focus strongly on critical review of recent literature. Upon successful completion of their coursework, strong candidates are encouraged to proceed to a research degree.

Course outcomes

Graduates will have opportunities to:

  • develop high levels of knowledge and appropriate skills in dealing with the social contexts, effective prevention strategies and management techniques for HIV, STIs and other sexual health issues
  • learn to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams on the practical challenges faced by professionals working in these areas
  • acquire skills recognised as essential components in the professional training of a variety of disciplines related to the medical, nursing, counselling, laboratory and public health streams
  • learn to critically evaluate relevant research publications and contribute to the growing body of evidence-based, effective interventions.

Accreditation

Several of the units of study are recognized as providing training for the Sexual Health curriculum of the Royal Australasian College of Medicine. Students completing the counselling stream are eligible to apply for professional accreditation with Sexology Australia and the Australian Society of Sexuality Educators, Researchers and Therapists.

Further information

The program is offered as either a coursework-only master's degree or as a double degree (for international students only - see double degree program for further information) with the coursework-only master's degree followed by a research master's degree. Domestic students enrol in the separate degrees. Information on the Master of Philosophy is available in the Postgraduate Research Studies chapter.

To qualify for the coursework only degrees, students must complete coursework and clinical or laboratory assignments equivalent to 24 credit points (cp) to qualify for the award of the Graduate Certificate; 36 credit points (cp) to qualify for the award of the Graduate Diploma; 48 credit points to qualify for the Master; or 60 credit points to qualify for the Master (Advanced). Students complete these degrees in one of the following pathways:

  • Clinical Medicine
  • Counselling
  • Laboratory
  • Nursing
  • Public Health.

Students are required to attend lectures and tutorials and undertake field visits to laboratory and clinical areas. While lectures take place at the University of Sydney Camperdown Campus and at Westmead Hospital, clinical and laboratory experience occurs at a variety of locations throughout Sydney. An increasing proportion of the course is being made available online. Assessment is by written examination, oral presentations, written assignments, multiple choice examinations, online discussions and placement reports.

Further enquiries

Associate Professor Richard Hillman
Phone: +61 2 9762 5378
Fax: +61 2 9762 5387
Email:
Website: www.sydney.edu.au/medicine/wsshc