Meet our Students

The Sydney School of Public Health offers an extensive range of degrees for students from both health and non-health backgrounds. 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.

Public Health

Kathryn's story
Master of Public Health, current student

Kathryn, Master of Public Health, current student


"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. My team and I are doing that by implementing policies that are evidence based, and an effective and efficient use of public funds."

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International Public Health

Greg's story
Master of International Public Health 2007

Greg Fox - International Public Health

"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.

One of the strengths of the course is the diversity of the students. There are people from health and non-health backgrounds, and they brought who whole range of different perspectives to our discussions.

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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Clinical Epidemiology

Bradley's story
Master of Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) 2012

Bradley - Master of Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology)

"The clinical epidemiology course came highly recommended but was even better than I anticipated. Epidemiology and biostatistics is taught extremely well and the assignments were very relevant to my work. In general, the course was very practical and provided tools which could be applied to clinical research. I learnt to use SAS for regression analyses and have already applied this in clinical research. The clinical research development and practice module was very useful and helped us to obtain a national competitive grant. The staff were very helpful and knowledgeable.

While working full time and doing the course part-time was challenging, the course was flexible and there was opportunity to select fewer modules in a semester if necessary."

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Health Policy

Tathra’s story
Master of Health Policy, current student

Tathra Chai - Health Policy


"My fellow students come from such diverse backgrounds. This has enriched our learning from each other as well as from our lecturers.

I've now got greater insight and stronger skills to understand how health policy affects different sectors of health, and how these sectors can work better together to affect more positive change."

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Ling’s story
Master of Biostatistics 2011

Ling - Master of Biostatistics



"Some of my colleagues had already completed this program and were very positive about it so I decided to look into the course. It was very well designed to cater to the needs of students from different backgrounds, specifically, to study biostatistics systematically. The subjects were delivered online which not only makes it possible for me to juggle work, study and family commitments, but it also gave me access to the best teaching staff across all of Australia.

The Master of Biostatistics provided me with the opportunity to fill gaps in my statistical knowledge and enhance my understanding of other topics. The subjects on epidemiology and public health were very enjoyable, practical and relevant to my work as a biostatistician. This course has significantly enhanced my career prospects and in the future I am keen to apply my statistical and research skills in a range of different areas and develop my career as a statistician and researcher.

I highly recommend the course to those interested in biostatistics, epidemiology, and public health."

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Indigenous Health Promotion

Corey’s story
Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health Promotion 2014

Corey - Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health Promotion



"In my 10-year working career, I've been lucky enough to work in the education sector, law enforcement sector and now the health sector as a Health worker. Deciding that my time as a health worker is what I enjoyed most, I knew that to pursue a career in the industry I had to up-skill and gain an appropriate qualification that would hopefully provide me with opportunities upon completion. That's my professional reason for enrolling in the Graduate Diploma. My personal reason is to be a role model for my children and family members and also for other young people within my community who are contemplating going onto higher education.

In this course I've really enjoyed meeting and learning about the other participants and their communities. The highlight for me was listening and learning about the various types of programs/projects the others are running in their communities and how I can take certain aspects and implement them in my own community."

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Jacqueline's story
Master of Bioethics 2009

Jacqueline - Master of Bioethics

"In my current position as a PhD candidate, I am looking at the Australian consumer's experience of direct-to-consumer personal genome testing.

My firm foundation in bioethics has helped me to approach problems from multiple perspectives. The unique nature of bioethics enables me to look at old problems in new ways, which, can sometimes open up a new avenue of thought or even a new course of action.

My research project - with the knowledge gained in the Master of Bioethics program - has been designed with the potential to inform genetics policy both inside and outside of the clinical setting in Australia."

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Video testimonials

Public Health: Improving the health of populations
Public Health

Improving the health of populations
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The most important part - Student life
The most important part

Student life in International Public Health
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Classroom in the field - Placement opportunities
Classroom in the field

Placement opportunities
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Student life: The Master of Public Health
Student life

The Master of Public Health
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The Human effects - Student life
The Human effects

Student life In Clinical Epidemiology
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A better outcome - Student life
A better outcome

Student life in the Master of Health Policy
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A portfolio of work - Student life - Master of Biostatistics
A portfolio of work

Student life in the Master of Biostatistics
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Just do it - Student Life - Indigenous Health Promotion
Just do it

Student Life in Indigenous Health Promotion
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An interactive learner - Student life - Master of Bioethics
An interactive learner

Student life in the Master of Bioethics
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