Masters in HIV, STIs and Sexual Health

The Masters in HIV/STIs & Sexual Health (MHSSH) is an inter-professional, research-intensive coursework degree that addresses the needs of Australian and international students working in a range of HIV, STI and Sexual Health environments. Participants include physicians, nurses, sexual health counsellors, program managers, and laboratory scientists. The course provides a seamless pathway to research candidature via an MPhil component.

The program is offered by the Western Sydney Sexual Health (WSSH), part of the Sydney Medical School, at the University of Sydney.

The pedagogic structures provide an environment where students across various professions, cultures and countries come together to solve complex problems in an evidence-based team environment. At entry, following discussion with an academic team member, students elect a specific Stream, based on their professional background and specific learning needs. Streams ensure that all students obtain generic competencies, but provide for specific professional needs and the ability to choose targeted electives.

Learning Pathways

Students may enrol in a specific Stream in one of the following:

  • The Masters of HIV/STIs & Sexual Health (MHSSH) - 48 credit points
  • The Graduate Diploma in HIV/STIs & Sexual Health (GDipHSSH) – 36 credit points
  • A double degree of the MHSSH with a Master of Philosophy (MPhil). This is only available to AusAID-funded students.
  • Students who successfully complete the MHSSH degree with a Credit grade (or higher) may apply for consideration to enrol in an intercalated MPhil degree program. Those who successfully complete their MPhil may use this as a one year contribution towards a three year PhD program.
  • Depending on their background, students may also enrol for specific units of study. Each application is reviewed on its own merit.


Clinical Medicine | Counselling | Laboratory | Nursing | Public Health


Due to Australian Federal Government regulations, international students must attend in person at the time of enrolment (usually towards the end of February each year).

Local students are not required to attend in person to enrol however, if not attending enrolment in person, local students are required to make distance enrolment arrangements with the faculty office via or by calling: +61 2 9351 3132.

Lecture Attendance

Much of our program is available online to both local and international students. However, classroom attendance is compulsory in the following circumstances:

  1. Some units of study (such as SEXH5200 and SEXH5202) where compulsory weekly classroom attendance is specifically required.
  2. During the 'Intensive' components of certain units of study. These are all grouped together at the end of each semester, to minimise travel.
  3. Where face-to-face options are available, Australian Federal Government regulations require that international students enrol for the face-to-face mode.

Student Orientation Day

Please find attached via the embedded link, information about the student orientation day.

Subject Matter

The subject matter within our units of study will cover a wide range of topics related to human sexuality. This includes, but is not limited to, behaviours, attitudes, and orientations and identities different to your own. Some of the material may be considered offensive or explicit to certain individuals, and thus everyone involved in teaching and learning will need to respect others' boundaries. If you ever feel uncomfortable discussing or learning about a certain topic, please talk to a course coordinator about your concerns. We will explore what is contributing to that discomfort and strive to alleviate it.