our alumni are making a global impact.


Meet our alumni

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.

Vandana Joshi

Vandana Joshi
Chief, Health, Nutrition and WASH, 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.”

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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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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."

Cut Rachmi

Cut Rachmi
PhD student, University of Sydney

"I love the fact that instead of learning about public health of the 'developed countries', I get to learn about the developing ones. That way, I can implement the things that I have studied directly in my country, Indonesia. The lessons I learned during my Master degree actually helped me to understand the issues my country was facing."

Lydia OConnor

Lydia O'Connor
Programme Development and Quality Manager, GOAL Sierra Leone

"I liked that my cohort was small, and very diverse. I got to know students from different backgrounds, cultures, languages and experiences, and that really contributed a more well-rounded education. I was also impressed with the level of engagement from professors and how much individual attention was given. There was a lot of freedom with the work, but a lot of support as well."

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.

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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Tathra Chai

Tathra Chai
External affiars and government relations, Mundipharma

"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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Master of Biostatistics 2011

"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."


Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health Promotion 2014

"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."

Julia Jones

Dr Julia Jones MBBS (Hons) FRACP
Master of Bioethics

"I was working full time as a nephrology registrar in the year before starting my Masters in Bioethics. My role included caring for patients with end stage kidney disease who were confronted with decisions about dialysis, kidney transplants and in some cases, following a palliative approach focusing on symptom management. I also cared for people who sought to help those with end stage kidney disease by donating a kidney. Working with people in these situations raised a number of ethical issues and inspired me to want to learn more about resolving ethical dilemmas."

Eric Ip

Dr Eric Ip
Master of Bioethics

“As a Legal Academic in Hong Kong who specialises in public law and legal theory, I began the Master of Bioethics to help with my research into public health law and ethics.

The degree has strengthened my ability to address critical bioethical controversies with rigour. It has also armed me – a medical layperson – with solid knowledge in a wide variety of public health and biomedicine subjects, enabling me to converse fruitfully with health academics and medical practitioners on topics of common interest.

With commitments in Hong Kong, I needed flexibility in my course so that I could study outside of Australia. Sydney School of Public Health has provided me with that and has helped me adjust my study load to suit the demands of my career and family.”

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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Why study Clinical Epidemiology
Why study Clinical Epidemiology?

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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My life this year - Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Health Promotion
My life this year

Student Life in Indigenous Health Promotion
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