Public Health

Study Public Health at the University of Sydney


The Public Health programs at Sydney School of Public Health focus on the prevention of illness and the promotion of health.

Learning opportunities are aimed at developing the essential knowledge and skills required of practitioners in the practice of public health, including the effective management of community health problems to improve conditions and outcomes.

Why study public health with us?

You will be taught 4 key learning areas that are essential for public health professionals:

  1. Evidence-based knowledge – you will learn how to gather and interpret data for policy development and practice
  2. Decision making – you will learn how to base informed decisions on evidence
  3. Action – you will learn how to translate evidence and decisions into policy and practice at a national, regional and community level
  4. Outcomes – you will learn how to evaluate research methods to improve public health programs and outcomes

Exciting changes to public health in 2019

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

In 2019, our new, premium program will increase in duration from 12 to 18 months (from 48 credit points to 72 credit points), providing you with the time to specialise in your chosen field, and the opportunity to undertake a diverse range of international and professional placements.

Who should study this course?

Medical and non-medical graduates who are passionate about working to see improvements in community health programs through strategy and management.

Graduate opportunities

The Public Health courses provide advanced postgraduate training to students who are intending to pursue careers in the field of public health – including research and policy positions at private and public health providers, academic institutions, research centres, non-government organisations and government ministries.

Course Options

Additional information

  • Face-to-face, online or blended learning opportunities
  • Depending on the course, 1 – 1.5 years 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


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

Watch Kathryn's video.