Graduate Diploma in Public Health Law (GradDipPubHL)

The Graduate Diploma in Public Health Law will be offered to new commencing students for the last time in Semester 2 (July), 2016. This course will no longer be offered to commencing students after this date.
Students can apply for related alternate course/degree which includes: Master of Health Law; Graduate Diploma in Health Law

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.

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.


(from first enrolment)
*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 School 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.

Please select from the dropdown box for the units of study list:

Units of Study 2017

Compulsory Units of Study (2017)

Critical Issues in Public Health Law (LAWS6839)
Law, Business and Healthy Lifestyles (LAWS6848)
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 (2017)

Fundamentals of Regulation
Government Regulation, Health Policy & Ethics
Mental Illness: Law and Policy
Neurolaw: Brain, Mind, Law and Ethics


Enrolment Enquiries

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.

Current Students

Please visit the Enrolment information for Master’s and Graduate Diploma students page.

Future Students

Please refer to the Admission to candidature - School Handbook

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

Program Co-ordinator

Professor Roger Magnusson