International Public Health

Study International Public Health at the University of Sydney


The Master of International Public Health focuses on improving health outcomes in developing countries. This course will teach you how to apply public health principles in some of the most challenging and demanding conditions in the world.

Why study international public health with us?

  • You will have the opportunity to undertake national and international placements and apply knowledge learnt in class to real world projects with location based organisations
  • Students learn how to apply public health principles to disadvantaged countries and communities
  • This course is taught by highly experienced academic staff who have worked internationally in countries such as Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda
  • You will be part of teams and involved in projects that are making a real difference in disadvantaged international communities
  • You can tailor your study schedule around your lifestyle and other commitments with our flexible study options, ideal for full-time workers.

Who should study this course?

Medical and non-medical graduates that are passionate about improving the health outcomes of the lives of people living in developing countries.

Graduate opportunities

The course provides advanced postgraduate training for students who intend to pursue a career in the field of public health, including research, in-field and policy positions at government ministries, non-government organisations, academic institutions or research centres, both nationally and internationally.

Course options

Additional information

  • Face-to-face, online or blended learning opportunities
  • One year full-time and part-time options available
  • Short course/personal development options - enrol in a normal unit of study without a Masters or Graduate Diploma to improve your skills in public health.

Meet our alumni

Dr Margaret Harris - timeline

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."

Amy Simpson - timeline

Amy Simpson
Public Health Coordinator, International SOS

“I enjoyed studying with fellow international students, the brightest among their professional fields from all over the world. The teaching staff all has very prolific careers and brought a vast array of experience and real-life examples to learn from. The alumni network also helped me find out about global career opportunities.”

Dr 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."

Watch Dr Fox's video.