Public Health

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Public Health

Master of Public Health

Students must successfully complete 72 credit points, including:
(a) 36 credit points of core units of study; and
(b) 30 credit points of elective units of study, including:
(i) a minimum of 18 credit points from Part 1 of the table of units of study, or from the specialisation elective unit tables; and
(c) 6 credit points of capstone (or 12 credit points of Dissertation, or 12 credit points of Professional Practice with a reduction in elective units; or 6 credit points of Special Project; or another equivalent unit of study).
Specialisations are:
(i) Chronic Disease Prevention
(ii) Communicable Disease Control
(iii) Health Promotion and Advocacy
(iv) Research Methods

Graduate Diploma in Public Health

Students successfully complete 48 credit points, including:
(a) 36 credit points of core units of study; and
(b) 12 credit points of elective units of study, with a minimum of 6 credit points from Part 1 of the table of units of study

Core units

PUBH5010
Epidemiology Methods and Uses
6    N BSTA5011 or CEPI5100
Semester 1
PUBH5018
Introductory Biostatistics
6      Semester 1
PUBH5033
Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
6      Semester 1
PUBH5036
Public Health: Critical Challenges
6      Semester 1
Semester 2
HPOL5000
Health Policy and Health Economics
6    N PUBH5032
Semester 1
PUBH5505
Qualitative Research in Health
6    N PUBH5500 or QUAL5005 or QUAL5006
Semester 2

Capstone

PUBH5134
Public Health Capstone
6    P PUBH5010 AND PUBH5018 AND PUBH5505 AND HPOL5000 AND PUBH5036
N PUBH5034


Students must have completed all core MPH units. Unit will be offered in both semesters to allow flexibility for part-time students.
Semester 1
Semester 2

Part 1 electives

PUBH5019
Cancer Prevention and Control
6    P PUBH5010 or CEPI5100

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
PUBH5020
Chronic Disease Prevention and Control
6    A PUBH5033, PUBH5010 or CEPI5100 or equivalent


PUBH5020 is an advanced MPH elective in the area of chronic disease prevention. Some epidemiological concepts, such as population attributable risk and introductory concepts in health promotion are expected knowledge for understanding this unit. For example, attributable risk is necessary to understand the Burden of Disease concept in NCD prevention, and is part of Module 2 of this unit. In addition, this MPH elective predominantly takes a population and global perspective on NCD prevention with a lesser emphasis on clinical or health services prevention perspectives.
Semester 1
PUBH5039
Public Health Nutrition Essentials
6      Semester 1
PUBH5040
Practice Placement in Public Health
12   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit of study is only available to students with a weighted average mark of 75% or more in the first 48 credit points completed, and is subject to suitable placements being available. If you wish to undertake a placement this should be discussed with the unit coordinators well before the start of the Semester in which the placement is to be undertaken.
Semester 1
Semester 1a
Semester 1b
Semester 2
Semester 2a
Semester 2b
PUBH5041
Practice Placement in Public Health 1
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit of study is only available to students with a weighted average mark of 75% or more in the first 48 credit points completed, and is subject to suitable placements being available. If you wish to undertake a placement, this should be discussed with the unit coordinators well before the start of the Semester in which the placement is to be undertaken.
Semester 1
Semester 1a
Semester 1b
PUBH5042
Practice Placement in Public Health 2
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit of study is only available to students with a weighted average mark of 75% or more in the first 48 credit points completed, and is subject to suitable placements being available. If you wish to undertake a placement, this should be discussed with the unit coordinators well before the start of the Semester in which the placement is to be undertaken.
Semester 2
Semester 2a
Semester 2b
PUBH5101
Special Project in Public Health
4    P One or more of (PUBH5010, PUBH5018, QUAL5005) depending on the intended project

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Students should first contact the unit coordinator to discuss their proposed topic or area of interest. They then contact an academic staff member associated with the area of their project and negotiate the details of the project and negotiate the details of the project design and the method and frequency of contact with the supervisor during the project. Once the unit coordinator has agreed to the enrolment, the student applies to enrol via Sydney Student and should include in the application a brief description of the agreed project and supervisor contact details. The unit coordinator will then formally approve the enrolment.
Semester 1
Semester 2
PUBH5102
Special Project in Public Health
2    P One or more of PUBH5010, PUBH5018 and QUAL5005 depending on the intended project

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Students should first contact the unit coordinator to discuss their proposed topic or area of interest. They then contact an academic staff member associated with the area of their project and negotiate the details of the project design and the method and frequency of contact with the supervisor during the project. Once the unit coordinator has agreed to the enrolment, the student applies to enrol via Sydney Student and should include in the application a brief description of the agreed project and supervisor contact details. The unit coordinator will then formally approve the enrolment.
Semester 1
Semester 2
PUBH5120
Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Health
6    N PUBH5118
Semester 2
PUBH5121
Environmental Health
6      Semester 2
PUBH5145
Alcohol, drug use and health
6    N PUBH5114 or PUBH5115
Semester 1
PUBH5212
Categorical Data Analysis
2    P PUBH5211
N PUBH5217

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2b
PUBH5213
Survival Analysis
2    P PUBH5211
N PUBH5217

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2b
PUBH5215
Analysis of Linked Health Data
6    A Basic familiarity with SAS computing syntax and methods of basic statistical analysis of fixed-format data files
C (PUBH5010 or BSTA5011 or CEPI5100) and (PUBH5211 or PUBH5217 or BSTA5004)

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Familiarity with writing a basic SAS program. For data privacy and security reasons, the major assignment can only be completed on the computers in the Sydney School of Public Health Computer Lab. This computer lab is available 24/7 for students enrolled in this unit.
Intensive June
Intensive November
PUBH5216
Controlled Clinical Trials
6    P PUBH5018
N PUBH5206 - Controlled trials (2CP)
Semester 2
PUBH5217
Biostatistics: Statistical Modelling
6    P PUBH5018
N (PUBH5211 or PUBH5212 or PUBH5213)


The statistical software package used in this unit is web-based. There is no cost/fee to use this software.
Semester 2
PUBH5218
Advanced Statistical Modelling
6    A PUBH5018, PUBH5217, PUBH5033, PUBH5010 or CEPI5100 or equivalent
N CEPI5310
Semester 1
PUBH5224
Advanced Epidemiology
6    P (PUBH5010 or CEPI5100) and PUBH5018
Semester 2
PUBH5225
Population Mental Health
6    P PUBH5033
Semester 1
PUBH5227
Public Health Program Evaluation
6    P PUBH5033 AND PUBH5010


Attendance and participation in ALL weekend workshops is mandatory as well as online participation (this unit is not available in online only mode)
Semester 2
PUBH5312
Health Economic Evaluation
6    P HPOL5000 and (PUBH5010 or CEPI5100) and PUBH5018
N PUBH5302
Intensive September
PUBH5317
Advanced Economic and Decision Analysis
6    P (PUBH5010 or CEPI5100) and PUBH5018
C PUBH5312
N PUBH5205 PUBH5307

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
PUBH5400
One Health
6      Semester 1
PUBH5418
Tobacco Control in the 21st Century
6      Intensive August
PUBH5421
Infection Prevention in Healthcare
6    A basic knowledge of medical microbiology, antimicrobial agents and communicable disease epidemiology and clinical features


Assumed knowledge: basic knowledge of medical microbiology, antimicrobial agents and communicable disease epidemiology and clinical features
Semester 2
PUBH5423
Adv Concepts:Vaccines in Public Health
4    P PUBH5416

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
PUBH5426
Vaccines in Public Health
6    A Understanding of basic health sciences and related concepts. Students should have a Bachelor's degree in a health related discipline.
P PUBH5010 and PUBH5018

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Department permission required for enrolment of students who have not done the core units of study in epidemiology (PUBH5010) or biostatistics (PUBH5018) but have previous demonstrable experience in these study areas.
Semester 2
PUBH5430
Public Health Advocacy
6      Semester 1
PUBH5506
Advanced Qualitative Analysis and Writing
6      Semester 1
PUBH5510
Healthy ageing and fall prevention
6    N PUBH5419
Semester 2
PUBH5551
Climate Change and Public Health
6      Semester 2
PUBH5555
Lifestyle and Chronic Disease Prevention
6    P PUBH5033
Semester 2
PUBH5601
Public Health Special Project
6    A The student is assumed to have the knowledge and skills required to suitably complete the requirements of the project they undertake, or be reasonably able to obtain this knowledge and these skills during the course of the project.
P PUBH5036 AND (PUBH5010 OR PUBH5018 OR PUBH5505, depending on the intended project)

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Students should first contact the unit coordinator to discuss their proposed topic or area of interest. It is the student's responsibility to identify a suitable supervisor, but the unit coordinator will provide guidance on this if the student needs this. The contact with the potential supervisor should include discussion of the details of the project design and the method and frequency of contact with the supervisor during the project. This information should then be discussed with the unit coordinator, who will confirm if the arrangements are suitable. Once the unit coordinator has agreed to the enrolment, the student applies to enrol via Sydney Student. The unit coordinator will then formally approve the enrolment. The project may be marked by the supervisor, the unit coordinator or another academic, as determined by the unit coordinator in consultation with the supervisor.
Semester 1
Semester 2
PUBH5610
Public Health Dissertation
12    A Knowledge gained from the minimum 48 credit points of the Master of Public Health is required to successfully undertake the proposed project

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Students considering doing this unit should submit an expression of interest, with proposed topic and supervisor, at least one semester prior to enrolment in the unit. This is necessary to enable supervisors to give advice about relevant elective units and, if necessary, to prepare applications for ethics committee approval
Semester 1
Semester 2
PUBH5611
Public Health Dissertation A
6    A Knowledge gained from the minimum 48 credit points of the Master of Public Health is required to successfully undertake the proposed project

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Students considering doing this unit should submit an expression of interest, with proposed topic and supervisor, at least one semester prior to enrolment in the unit. This is necessary to enable supervisors to give advice about relevant elective units and, if necessary, to prepare applications for ethics committee approval
Semester 1
PUBH5612
Public Health Dissertation B
6    A Knowledge gained from the minimum 48 credit points of the Master of Public Health is required to successfully undertake the proposed project

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Students considering doing this unit should submit an expression of interest, with proposed topic and supervisor, at least one semester prior to enrolment in the unit. This is necessary to enable supervisors to give advice about relevant elective units and, if necessary, to prepare applications for ethics committee approval
Semester 2

Part 2 electives

BETH5203
Ethics and Public Health
6    N BETH5206


If an insufficient number of students opt to attend intensives on campus, the coordinator may choose to teach this unit of study in online mode only. Students will be contacted if this occurs.
Semester 2
BETH5205
Ethics and Mental Health

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6    A Basic understanding of ethical reasoning


Students can meet with course coordinators by appointment in person or via teleconference
Semester 2
BETH5208
Introduction to Human Research Ethics

This unit of study is not available in 2020

2    C GENC5020
N BETH5202


If an insufficient number of students opt to attend seminars on campus, the co-ordinator may choose to teach this Unit of Study in online mode only. Students will be contacted if this occurs.
Semester 2
BETH5209
Medicines Policy, Economics and Ethics
6    A A degree in science, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, allied health, philosophy/ethics, sociology/anthropology, history, law, communications, public policy, business, economics, commerce, organisation studies, or other relevant field, or by special permission.
Semester 2
CEPI5200
Quality and Safety in Health Care
6   

People working in health care will benefit from this course.
Semester 1
CEPI5215
Writing and Reviewing Medical Papers
6    A Some basic knowledge of summary statistic is assumed
P (PUBH5010 or CEPI5100)
N CEPI5214


Students without the pre-requisites are encouraged to contact the Unit Coordinator to discuss their motivation and experience.
Semester 1
Semester 2
CEPI5311
Diagnostic and Screening Tests (Part 1)
2    P PUBH5010 or CEPI5100
N PUBH5208 or CEPI5202 or CEPI5312
Semester 2
CEPI5312
Diagnostic and Screening Tests (1 and 2)
6    P PUBH5010 or CEPI5100
N PUBH5208 or CEPI5202 or CEPI5311
Semester 2
COMP5424
Information Technology in Biomedicine
6      Semester 1
DENT5013
Preventative Dentistry
6    P PUBH5018 and PUBH5010
Semester 2
DENT5014
Dental Health Services
6    P PUBH5018 and PUBH5030
Semester 2
DENT5015
Population Oral Health
6    P PUBH5010 or CEPI5100 or SUST5004
Semester 2
GLOH5112
Global Communicable Disease Control
6      Semester 2
GLOH5115
Women's and Children's Health
6    N MIPH5115
Semester 1
GLOH5124
Humanitarian Crises and Refugee Health
6    N MIPH5124
Intensive October
GLOH5136
Nutrition in Global Settings
6    A Introductory knowledge of epidemiology
Semester 2
GLOH5201
Global Qualitative Health Research
6    N PUBH5500 or QUAL5005 or QUAL5006 or PUBH5505
Semester 2
GLOH5219
Global Health Project Management
6    P GLOH5101 and GLOH5102 OR (PUBH5010 and PUBH5018)
Semester 2
HPOL5001
Health Systems and Financing
6    N GLOH5135
Semester 1
HPOL5003
Analysing Health Policy
6      Semester 2
HPOL5006
Business of Health
6      Intensive July
HPOL5007
Global Health Policy
6      Semester 2
HPOL5008
Evidence into Health Policy and Planning
6      Semester 1
INFO5306
Enterprise Healthcare Information Systems
6    A The unit is expected to be taken after introductory courses in related units such as COMP5206 Information Technologies and Systems (or COMP5138/COMP9120 Database Management Systems).
Semester 2
INFO9003
IT for Health Professionals
6    N INFO5003
Semester 2
LAWS6252
Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System
6    N LAWS6881 and law graduates from a common law jurisdiction


This unit must be completed prior to commencing other elective units. It is important to enrol well in advance of classes in order to complete pre-class readings (normally available to enrolled students 3 weeks prior to the first class). Law graduates from a non-common law jurisdiction are also recommended to undertake this unit. If you have missed the enrolment deadline or unable to enrol in the unit in Sydney Student https://sydneystudent.sydney.edu.au/sitsvision/wrd/SIW_LGN, please contact law.postgraduate@sydney.edu.au. Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-visitors.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive April
Intensive August
Intensive March
Intensive September
LAWS6848
Law, Business and Healthy Lifestyles
6   

For 2020 only, this unit will be a substitute for the MHL core units, LAWS6058 Information Rights in Health Care or LAWS6839 Critical Issues in Public Health Law. Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive April
LAWS6920
Global Health Law
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-people.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/cpd/
Intensive July
MBHT5001
Diabetes Management
6      Semester 1
MBHT5003
Obesity and Pre-diabetes: Prevention and Care
6    A This unit is intended for students who have experience in clinical care of patients. Most of the subject matter and assessments are based on clinical management processes.
Semester 1
MECO6919
Health Communication
6      Semester 1
NTDT5608
Community and Public Health Nutrition
6    C NTDT5305 and NTDT5307


NTDT5608 is available as an elective to students in the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Medicine as well as the Master of Science in Medicine (Metabolic Health). For these students, there are no prerequisites for entry into NTDT5608. However, these students must apply for Special Permission from the unit of study coordinator in order to be enrolled.
Semester 2
SEXH5008
Sex and Society
2    N SEXH5414
Semester 2a
SEXH5205
Adolescent Sexual Health
6      Semester 2
SEXH5405
Contraception and Preconception Care
6      Semester 2
SEXH5407
Sex Gender and Sexuality
6      Semester 2
SEXH5412
Sexual Health and Relationships Education
6      Semester 2
SEXH5414
Public Health: Sexual and Reproductive Health
6    N SEXH5008 or SEXH5418 or SEXH5419
Semester 2
SEXH5418
Public Health Aspects of Reproductive Health
2    N SEXH5414
Semester 2a
SEXH5419
Public Health Aspects of HIV and STIs
2    N SEXH5414
Semester 2b
WARC5001
Research Translation, Impact and Evaluation
6    A An understanding of research methodology and clinical trials is assumed.
Semester 2

Specialisation electives

Please refer to the Specialisation pages for specific requirements, and elective unit options, appropriate for each specialisation.