International Public Health


International Public Health studies is your stepping stone to making a difference in some of the most needy communities in the world, including many countries in Asia, the Pacific, Africa and Latin America.


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Liz - The most important part

Liz, a recent graduate talks about her career path from discovering her passion, to her work in Asia as a International Public Health professional.

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Alexandra - The world needs you

Alexandra's journey included setting up a business to follow her passion; maternal and children's health.

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Naj - Thinking out of the box

Naj, an international student, tells what attracted him to the Sydney School of Public Health and the Master of International Health program.

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Our Program

Our program is aimed at applying public health professional practice in demanding and challenging conditions. You will be taught skills and knowledge which will equip you to:

  • Directly improve the lives of some of the world's most disadvantaged peoples
  • Develop programs sensitive to the local cultural and religious beliefs throughout the developing world
  • Deliver programs in countries with limited infrastructure

You will learn to plan, manage, review and co-ordinate public health programs for international agencies such as WHO, national governments, NGOs and private and public health care service providers working in the developing world.

Why study International Public Health with us

Targeted learning - Our program is specifically focused on developing countries allowing you to get an in-depth knowledge of the issues involved in low to middle income countries.

Access our Expertise - Our teaching staff have worked extensively in developing countries and bring their 'real world' experiences to the classroom.

International Placements – You will have the opportunity to undertake a placement in Vietnam, Philippines, China or Timor Leste where you’ll work on practical projects with organisations in-country. These placements will reinforce what you have learned in the classroom and allow you to apply your knowledge and skills in a practical situation.

Global Connections - Our programs attract students from all over the world and peer-to-peer support and input will give you a global perspective on the issues facing developing countries. It is truly a global classroom!

Beyond the classroom - You will be part of an active student community that organise a number of social activities such as a Cultural Night and Harbour Cruise which give you the opportunity to get involved, network and make new friends.

Flexible Study - With a large number of electives, you can tailor the program to suit your individual needs.
International public health is available face-to-face, online, or a combination of both. You can study the entire Master program online.
* Please note that not all units of study are available online. Please check delivery mode for each individual unit.

What are my options as a graduate?

The training provided in your study program will prepare you for employment or volunteer work with:

  • The World Health Organisation - a United Nations agency
  • AusAID - Australia's international aid agency
  • Trans-national Non Government Organisations
  • National governments and locally-funded agencies

Read some of our graduate stories.

More about our international public health programs

Learn more about the structure and the units of study of the Master of International Public Health and Graduate Diploma in International Public Health.

Apply now for the available courses

  • Master of International Public Health