School Overview

Student Graduation

The former Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, the forerunner to the Sydney School of Public Health, was the oldest and largest department of public health in Australia. It was originally established in 1930 as the Commonwealth School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and was incorporated into the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney in 1987. Today, as one of eight schools within Sydney Medical School, it is a vibrant organic network of individuals, research groups and centres that offer a wide range of educational and research opportunities for students.

Our people

Our staff have an outstanding reputation for high quality teaching and research. Professorial staff are leaders in their field – in areas like tobacco control, screening and diagnostic test assessment, cancer control, chronic disease control, ageing, population health metrics and physical activity. They are working with leading institutions such as the World Health Organisation, Gates, AusAID, the Oxford Health Alliance and India Public Health Foundation (to name a few) to bring the benefits of public health policy and practice to the people who need it most.

Our core academic staff are supported by colleagues working in affiliated research centres and the health system who are academic title holders within the School. Together, this group provide a substantial resource for our students, the research community and anyone with an interest in public health issues.

Our study programs

We offer Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Master’s and research degrees. These programs are designed to our students with maximum flexibility and choice to obtain qualifications to suit their individual need and performance.

Students can study full-time or part-time and have the option of studying here on campus (face-to-face), by distance, or a combination of both options.

Our research

We conduct research that contributes on both national and global levels. Our successful track record of securing research grants is a testament to the visionary nature of our work and its relevance to Australian and international communities. With the calibre of current projects underway, it’s no wonder the school has maintained its reputation as a leading source of public health expertise.
Our current research projects include:

  • news media and health policy
  • psychology, medicine and public health
  • fighting obesity and promoting physical activity
  • effective public health screening
  • cancer, genes and the environment
  • alleviating chronic illness
  • 1 +1 = a health start to life project

We hope you enjoy browsing the biographies, research projects and the work of our associated research centres. Collectively, we believe we can make a difference to the health and quality of life of people through our scholarship and enterprise. We welcome you to join us in this important work.
More information can be found on our research pages.