Graduate Diploma in Public Health Law (GradDipPubHL)

The Graduate Diploma in Public Health Law (GradDipPubHL) provides a specialist postgraduate qualification focusing on laws and legal strategies for protecting and promoting public health. The GradDipPubHL consists of two core units and two optional units. (N.B. The Graduate Diploma in Public Health Law is not available to International applicants.)

Graduates from either diploma may apply to upgrade to the Master of Health Law (MHL). Those with a particular interest in public health law may enroll in the GradDipPubHL, or choose public health elective units within the MHL.

Postgraduate study in health law is of benefit to people working in a wide range of professional areas, including legal practice, the medical profession, nursing and the allied health care professions, government, health administration and professional and statutory bodies.

Applications are still open. However, some units may have restricted class size and compulsory units may run early in the semester. It is strongly recommended that applicants submit their application on time to avoid disappointment. Please contact the Postgraduate Team for further details.

Please read through How to apply and ensure all relevant application documents are available to upload before applying online:

Program Co-ordinator

Professor Cameron Stewart

Student Administration Enquiries

Postgraduate Team

Admission requirements

While an undergraduate degree is required, enrolment in the program is open to both lawyers, health professionals working in their respective professions, and other approved applicants.

Program structure

Each unit of study in the health law program is equivalent to six credit points. A total of 24 credit points (or four units of study) is required for the award of the Graduate Diploma in Public Health Law (GradDipPubHL).

Attendance pattern

Each unit of study entails 26 contact hours. Units are offered on a semester length basis or intensive basis. Semester length units are taught once a week over 13 weeks on either a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening between 6pm and 8pm. Intensive units of study condense the 26 hours over a period of four to five days. The units are then taught between 9am and 5pm over a block period. For example, an intensive unit may be taught two consecutive days one week and then two consecutive days in a fortnight's time. All classes are held in the Law School or another Sydney CBD location.

Duration

ATTENDANCE CREDIT POINTS (CP) PER SEMESTER MAXIMUM
(from first enrolment)
FULL-TIME 18-24 CP 3 YEARS*
PART-TIME max 12 CP 3 YEARS*
*Periods of suspension, exclusion or lapsed candidature will be added to the maximum completion times except that no completion time will exceed 10 years from first enrolment. Credit will not be granted for previous studies older than 10 years at the time of first enrolment. If a student is admitted with credit, the Faculty will determine a reduced time limit for completion of the award course.

Units of study

The following units of study are available in health law. Not all units may be offered each year, and new ones may be introduced. Unit pre-requisites and availability will affect progression through the program. Please seek assistance from the Program Co-ordinator when planning your studies.

Compulsory Units of Study (2014)

Law and Healthy Lifestyles
Critical Issues in Public Health Law
Introduction to Law for Health Professionals* or Legal Reasoning and The Common Law System*
#Non highlighted subjects are not offered this year
*Candidates without a law degree from a common law jurisdiction must undertake either Introduction to Law for Health Professionals or Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System (but not both) prior to enrolling in other law units
Elective Units of Study (2014)
Global Health Law
Goernment Regulation, Health Policy and Ethics
Mental Illness: Law and Policy
Work Safety