Why study public health with us?

create a healthier future

Sydney School of Public Health is Australia’s first and leading school of public health and is ranked number 1 in Asia-Pacific and 18 in the world in the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Whether you are looking to build skills in clinical research or biostatistics, pursue a career in public health, pivot towards health policy or explore bioethics, we have a course for you.

What you can study

Our postgraduate courses are taught by experts in their field, and will give you the skills and knowledge to work at the highest level in your chosen health and medicine area.

Every day, graduates from Sydney School of Public Health are making a difference to the lives of people in Australia and across the globe. In this video, our public health students and alumni talk about what drew them to the field, and where their postgraduate studies are taking them.

Exciting changes to public health in 2019

We have reimagined our Public Health programs to prepare you for a future full of possibilities.

From Semester 1 2019, our Master of Public Health and Master of Global Health (formerly known as the Master of International Public Health) will be extended by six-months, to enable specialisations and the opportunity to undertake national, international and professional placements.

Visit our Public Health and Global Health study pages for further information.

Why study with us?

First class teaching
Our programs are developed and taught by leading clinicians, academics and researchers who have an outstanding reputation for high quality teaching and research.

Industry partnerships
We have strong relationships and connections with national and international governments and organisations to provide real-world educational experiences and opportunities for our students.

Research excellence
We are home to some of the most highly cited researchers in the world including research that has informed policy and practice in Australia and around the world.

Graduate outcomes
We provide our students with the skills and experiences to work in a variety of settings around the world to make a real-world impact in public health issues.

Flexible study options
We offer part-time, evening, distance learning, full-time and intensive study modes across Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate and Master streams of study.

Global rankings

  • Number one in the Asia-Pacific and 18th in the world for public health in the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities
  • Number two in Australia and 18th in the world in the medicine category of the 2018 QS World University Rankings
  • Five (the highest rating) in the Excellence in Research for Australia rankings for medical and health sciences, and public and health services.



Meet our alumni

Our alumni have gone on to work in diverse roles with national and international organisations across the world. Find our where a degree with Sydney School of Public Health has lead them.

Vandana Joshi

Vandana Joshi
Chief Health, Nutrition and WASH Officer, UNICEF

"I had just completed my tenure in South Sudan, establishing community based screening for severely malnourished children, and I was preparing to return home to India when I was informed that I had been chosen to go to the Ebola ‘red zone’ in Sierra Leone."

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Amy Simpson

Amy Simpson
Public Health Coordinator, International SOS

"When it came for the time for me to leave, at my farewell dinner one of the six men thanked me for sitting in the dirt with the drivers during that meeting. It was that simple gesture that demonstrated to these men that we could achieve this momentous task if we worked as a team."

Read Amy's story

Renata Ram

Renata Ram
Country Director UNAIDS Pacific Office, Fiji

"Working in public health is truly is a rewarding profession but working in public health in your own community brings a sense of fulfillment and of service that is beyond words. The Pacific suffers the 2nd highest rate of burden of cervical cancer in the world. Being a Pacific Islander, I felt I had a personal responsibility to my fellow female Pacific Islanders [to protect them] and in essence, protect our pacific way of life."

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Kathryn Joannides

Kathryn Joannides
Health Economics and Social Policy Consultant, Deloitte

"The Master of Public Health offers great flexible study options which have enabled me to continue living and working interstate whilst completing my degree. It's really rewarding to know you can have a positive impact on people's lives. I'm doing that by implementing policies that are evidence based, and an effective and efficient use of public funds."

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Greg Fox

Dr Greg Fox
Senior Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine, Sydney Medical School
Tuberculosis researcher, Woolcock Institute

"When I finished the Master of International Public Health, I moved to Vietnam and worked on a collaborative project between the University of Sydney and the National Tuberculosis Program to enhance detection of tuberculosis. I hope to continue to work alongside our colleagues in Vietnam and other countries to try and transfer skills and research and to build the capacity of doctors to answer their own questions."

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Dr Margaret Harris
Senior Scientific Writer, World Health Organization (WHO)

“I returned to the university to further my expertise in the disciplines of health risk communications, advocacy and health promotion. The diversity of studying the Masters of International Public Health made it a highly stimulating and fulfilling year for me. I learned so much from my fellow students, and lessons I continue to find useful in my current work."