Public Health

This information is for guidance only.

The requirements and progression rules for your study program will be in the Sydney Medical School Handbook.

Course Structure

Credit points required for each program of study for students commencing in 2015 or later

 Degree  Core  Elective  Total
 Professional Practice  32 28 60
 Chronic Disease Prevention    32 28  60 
 Masters  32 16  48
 Graduate Diploma  24 12  36

Units of Study

Extended master's programs

Core Units for students commencing in 2015 or later

Unit of study code Unit of study name Credit point
(CP) value
Core Unit Delivery mode
Available in Semester 1
PUBH5010 Epidemiology Methods and Uses 6CP  Master,
 Grad Dip
F, O
PUBH5018 Introductory Biostatistics 6CP  Master,
 Grad Dip
F, O
PUBH5030 Public Health: Achievements and Challenges  2CP  Master,
 Grad Dip
F, O
PUBH5033 Disease Prevention and Health Promotion  6CP Master,
 Grad Dip
F, O
QUAL5005 Introducing Qualitative Health Research 4CP Master, Grad Dip F, O

Available in Semester 2

Additional core units for Masters students

PUBH5032 Making Decisions in Public Health 2CP Master F, O
PUBH5034 Public Health Capstone 4CP Master F, O
BETH5206 Introduction to Public Health Ethics 2CP Master F,O
Key F = 'Face to Face'
 B = 'Blended: face-to-face/online'
 BM = 'Block mode / Intensive'
 O = 'Online or distance'
 P = 'Project'

Core Units for students who commenced their studies in 2013 and 2014

Unit of study code

Unit of study name

Credit point
(CP) value

Core Unit

Delivery mode

Available in Semester 1

PUBH5010 Epidemiology Methods and Uses

6CP

 Master,
 Grad Dip
F, O
PUBH5018

Introductory Biostatistics

6CP

 Master,
 Grad Dip
F, O
PUBH5030 Public Health: Achievements and Challenges 

 2CP

 Master,
 Grad Dip
F, O
PUBH5033  Disease Prevention and Health Promotion 

 6CP

 Master,
 Grad Dip
F, O
QUAL5005 Introducing Qualitative Health Research 

4CP 

 Master,
 Grad Dip
F, O
 Available in Semester 2

 

 
PUBH5032 Making Decisions in Public Health

2CP

 Master F, O
 BETH5206  Introduction to Public Health Ethics

 2CP

 Master F, O
 Key

 F = 'Face to Face'
 B = 'Blended: face-to-face/online'
 BM = 'Block mode / Intensive'
 O = 'Online or distance'
 P = 'Project'


  

Please note that PUBH5034 – Public Health Capstone is not a core unit for students who commenced in 2013 and 2014

The core structure for students who started their MPH prior to 2013 is slightly different. Please contact the MPH Program Administrator – sph.mph@sydney.edu.au for more information

Elective Units

To help you design your study program download the pathways to elective choices and discover the electives to suit your career and research ambitions.


Unit of study code

Unit of study name

Credit point (CP) value

Delivery mode

PUBH5019 Cancer Prevention and Control

Listen

6CP

O

PUBH5020  Chronic Disease Prevention and Control

Listen 

6CP 

O

PUBH5024 Obesity and Health Prevention

 2CP

B

PUBH5025 Physical Activity and Public Health

 2CP

B

PUBH5026 Mass Media Campaigns and Social Marketing

2CP

BM

PUBH5027 Intro - Public Health Program Evaluation

2CP

BM

PUBH5034 Public Health Capstone

4CP

F,O

PUBH5101 Special Project in Public Health

4CP

P

PUBH5102 Special Project in Public Health

2CP

P

PUBH5111 Environmental Health

4CP

B, O

PUBH5114 Alcohol & Drug Use and Health

4CP

F, O

PUBH5115 Alcohol & Drug Use and Health

2CP

F, O

PUBH5116 Genetics and Public Health

4CP

BM

PUBH5117 Communicable Disease Control

6CP

O

PUBH5118  Indigenous Health Promotion

 4CP

F

PUBH5205 Decision Analysis

2CP

F

PUBH5206 Controlled Trials

Listen

2CP

BM

PUBH5208 Screening and Diagnostic Test Evaluation

2CP

F, O

PUBH5211 Multiple Regression and Statistical Computing

4CP

F, O

PUBH5212 Categorical Data Analysis

Listen

2CP

F, O

PUBH5213 Survival Analysis

Listen

2CP

F, O

PUBH5215 Introductory Analysis of Linked Data

Listen

6CP

BM

PUBH5224 Advanced Epidemiology

6CP

F

PUBH5302 Health Economics Evaluation

4CP

BM

PUBH5307 Advanced Health Economic Evaluation

2CP 

BM

PUBH5308 Health Workforce Policy Analysis

2CP

BM

PUBH5309 Translational Health

 2CP

BM, O

PUBH5415 Injury Prevention

2CP

BM

PUBH5416 Vaccines in Public Health

Listen

2CP

B

PUBH5417 Injury Epidemiology, Prevention and Control

4CP

O

PUBH5418  Tobacco Control in the 21st Century 

Listen

 6CP

B

PUBH5419 Falls Prevention in Older People

4CP

O

PUBH5420 Public Health Advocacy Strategies

 4CP

BM

PUBH5421 Infection Prevention in Health Care

 6CP

 BM 

PUBH5422 Health and Risk Communication

 6CP

BM 

PUBH5423 Adv Concepts: Vaccines in Public Health

4CP 

PUBH5500 Advanced Qualitative Health Research

6CP

BM

Key F = 'Face to Face'
B = 'Blended: face-to-face/online'
BM = 'Block mode / Intensive'
O = 'Online or distance'
P = 'Project'
 

Approved Non-Public Health electives

There are some non-Public Health units available to study as part of your program.
View the list of approved units.

For any other unit you will need the PRIOR permission from the Unit Co-ordinator and the MPH Academic Co-ordinator.


If you are thinking of undertaking training in the Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM), you should note that the AFPHM have requirements for the content of the MPH you undertake. You should contact the AFPHM to confirm the exact requirements, as these may change over time.

Master of Public Health (Professional Practice) course structure

Students complete 48 credit points of unit study in a structured Master of Public Health program prior to applying for the Professional Practice extension program.

 

Professional Practice Units of Study

Credit points

Either both of the following units across two semesters:

 
PUBH5041

Practice Placement in Public Health 1 (Semester 1)

6CP
PUBH5042 

Practice Placement in Public Health 2 (Semester 2)

6CP

Or the following unit in one semester:

 
PUBH5040

Practice Placement in Public Health (Semester 1 or 2)

12CP
Total required Professional Placement credit points  12CP

Master of Public Health (Chronic Disease Prevention) course structure

Students complete 48 credit points of unit study in a structured Master of Public Health program prior to applying for the Chronic Disease Prevention extension program.

 

 Elective Units of Study  Credit points

MPH students seeking admission to the Chronic Disease Prevention extension program must complete 32 credit points of core units and 16 credit points of electives. It is suggested that at least half of all MPH elective units should come from the prevention related electives below.  These are prevention related units of study in the MPH and relevant units in other degrees that are related to the Chronic disease prevention theme.

Prevention-related electives  
 PUBH5024

Obesity and Health Promotion

2CP
 PUBH5025

Physical Activity and Public Health

2CP
 PUBH5115

Alcohol, Drug Use and Health

2CP
 PUBH5418

Tobacco Control in the 21st Century

6CP
 MIPH5136

Nutrition in International Settings

4CP
 HPOL5000

Introduction to Health Policy

6CP
 PUBH5020

Chronic Disease Prevention and Control

6CP
 PUBH5026

Mass Media Campaigns & Social Marketing

2CP
 PUBH5019

Cancer Prevention and Control

6CP
 NTDT5608

Community and Public Health Nutrition

6CP
 BACH5343

Individual and Societal Ageing

6CP

 

 

Chronic Disease Prevention Units of Study Credit points
Master of Public Health (Chronic Disease Prevention) candidates must enrol in 12 credit points of prevention units. 
MIPH5117 Global Non-Communicable Disease Control 2CP
PUBH5028 Seminars in NCD Prevention and Control 6CP
Total prescribed prevention-related credit points 8CP
Students are required to select additional 4 credit points  of prevention-related elective units of study from:  
PUBH5101 Special Project in Public Health 4CP
PUBH5102 Special Project in Public Health 2CP
Additional prevention related units of study from the prevention related electives above 2 or 4CP 
Total prevention-related elective credit points 4CP
Total required Chronic Disease Prevention credit points 12CP