Orientation 2014

Welcome to the School of Public Health in 2014

Congratulations on accepting your place to study at the School of Public Health.

Before classes begin on Monday 4 March you will need to:

  • complete your formal enrolment (4-5 February)
  • register and attend Training Sessions (24 -27 February)
  • attend the School of Public Health Welcome Day (1 March)
  • collect an orientation pack

Here is a summary of the important dates:

Date/s  Activity

4, 5 February


Complete your formal enrolment.

Monday 24 February – Thursday 27February

Attend a set of 4 training sessions on one day or across the week:
- SPH IT Access
- Learning online
- Literature Searching
- Using the library

Collect your Orientation kit and course notes (where available)
Saturday 1 March
9.30am start
Attend Welcome Day: Introduction to the School of Public Health and your course. Includes lunch - Eastern Avenue Lecture Theatre.
Monday 3 March
Your classes commence this week!

Training Sessions: 24 - 27 February

There are important core areas of knowledge that are essential to all our courses, and some practical issues related to studying with us, that all students in the School of Public Health (SPH) need to know. To tell you about them, we have organised a program of activities in the week before the start of Semester 1. This program will give you a flying start in your studies with us.

We strongly recommend that all new students attend one scheduled session of each of the four training sessions. Please note: Training is ONLY available during this week. It is unlikely these sessions will be repeated at a later stage in the Semester.

Learning onlinehighly recommended for all new students. All SPH units of study have their own Blackboard e-learning site – so you will need to know how to access the sites (logins and passwords) and navigate through them, access online resources, contribute to discussion boards, complete online quizzes and submit assessment tasks via Blackboard.

Using the Librarystrongly recommended if you are not familiar with University’s library system, using the online catalogue, borrowing and renewing, document delivery and accessing reserve items.

Literature searchingstrongly recommended if you have never used Medline or you are not familiar with the range of databases available and online search techniques – vital knowledge for any SPH student.

Register for Training Sessions

Registration for the training sessions is essential and a booking form will be available here from late December

PUBH5010 Epidemiology Methods and Uses and PUBH5018 Introductory Biostatistics

Register here for tutorials in PUBH5010 Epidemiology Methods and Uses and PUBH5018 Introductory Biostatistics if applicable

School of Public Health Welcome Day - Saturday 1 March

9:30am - 1:30pm
Eastern Avenue Lecture Theatre - Map

Our Welcome Day gives you a chance to find out more about the School of Public Health, our teaching and research and some of our key policies and procedures (for example the assessment policy). You will also find out about the support services the School/university offers.

The Welcome Day is a great opportunity for you to meet key staff members as well as your fellow students and ask any questions you may have.

We strongly recommend all new students attend this day. There is no need to register.

Download the Orientation Program

Distance Students

You are a distance distance student if you have enrolled in online/distance units of study as a distance student.

Upon successful enrolment, you will be given details on how to access the Orientation materials via the Learning Management Site (Blackboard). This will include guides and videos to assist you.

Once you have registered

When you complete the registration form, you will receive an email confirmation of your choices. Please call us if you do not receive this confirmation.

If you have any queries about the contents of this email or the orientation program generally, please contact us at:

Phone: 9351 4366
Fax: 9036 6247

We look forward to meeting you and supporting you in your studies and we will do everything we can to make studying with us an enjoyable and satisfying experience for you.

Dr Jo Lander and Dr Sharon Reid
Directors, Office for Teaching and Learning
Sydney School of Public Health