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Master of Global Health and Master of Philosophy

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Overview

The combined Master of Global Health and Master of Philosophy is designed for those interested in improving the health of populations in the global context. The program incorporates a research element to enable students to contribute to knowledge in their field and gain a competitive career edge by demonstrating superior knowledge and research experience. It may also be used as a stepping-stone to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

In 2019, our new Master of Global Health was launched (replacing the Master of International Public Health) with an increased duration of 18 months (previously 12 months), to provide students with the time to specialise in a chosen field, and the opportunity to undertake a diverse range of international and professional placements.

As the only degree of its kind in Australia, our program in global health provides you with a range of learning opportunities to develop your knowledge and skills in applying public health principles in some of the most challenging and demanding conditions in the world.  

When completed in conjunction with the Master of Philosophy, our combined course provides high achieving students with the greatest opportunity to gain essential knowledge and research skills in the field of global health.

Our Head of School explains what the Master of Global Health has changed in this video.   

Why study global health with us?

  • Opportunities to undertake international and local placements and apply knowledge learnt in class to real world projects with organisations overseas or in Australia.
  • Tailor your learning to your chosen field with a wide range of global health electives and electives from other programs within the Sydney School of Public Health.
  • Our newly designed core units and electives will provide you with a comprehensive theoretical background in global health interventions, as well the practical skills needed for working in the field.
  • Our research dissertation capstone will equip you with the critical thinking skills and research training necessary to go on to complete a PhD or conduct applied research as part of your global health career.
  • Learn from leading academics who are active within the global health community and have global experience working in countries such as Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and Uganda.
  • Get involved in projects that are making a real difference in disadvantaged global communities.
  • Tailor your schedule with our flexible study options. The Master of Global Health is available 1.5 years full-time or 3 years part-time, with face-to-face, online and blended delivery options.

Who should study this course?

Medical or health and non-medical or health background graduates that are passionate about improving the health outcomes of people around the world.

The research element of the program provides students with the opportunity to prepare a substantial piece of work which represents a significant contribution in a particular field of study and to gain transferable skills in general research methodology.

Find out what we look for in a Sydney School of Public Health applicant.

Subject areas

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

How to apply

Research areas

What you'll study

The Master of Global Health consists of 72 credit points (cp), which includes four core units that total 24 cp and up to a 12 cp capstone unit. Students are required to complete 36 to 48 cp of elective units of study, including a minimum of 12 cp of core electives. Generally, core units are completed in semester one of each year and electives are completed in semester two of each year.

View the course structure diagram for Master of Global Health component.  

The Master of Philosophy component of the program requires completion of at least four research periods and submission of a thesis for examination.

Units of Study

Applying for admission

Completion requirement

Capstone (compulsory project)

Assumed knowledge

Applying for honours

Admission requirement

To be eligible for admission, an applicant is required to have:

  • an Australian bachelor's degree with honours or a graduate diploma or a graduate certificate or an equivalent qualification or
  • an Australian bachelor's degree in a relevant field (eg. medicine and health fields such as dentistry, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy or science, mathematics, veterinary science, or humanities and social sciences fields such as international relations, international development, economics, political science, communication and journalism, or education, or civil engineering, or law) or equivalent qualification or
  • an Australian bachelor's degree in an unrelated field and two years professional work experience in health or international development.

For qualifications awarded outside Australia, equivalencies and admission criteria are determined based on the country, institution and qualification.

Course opportunities

Option to combine with

Professional accreditation

Career pathways & prospects
Future study options

Outstanding graduates may be eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy offered by Sydney School of Public Health. Affiliated with over 40 independent medical research institutes aimed at achieving medical firsts in specialist areas of health and medicine research activities at the Sydney School of Public Health consistently attract high levels of funding from the Commonwealth and state governments, overseas funding agencies and other public and private sources.

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the Master of Global Health are able to obtain employment with non-government organisations (NGO's) internationally and in Australia, government ministries in developing countries, multilateral and bilateral agencies (such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the United Nations or the World Health Organization), Australian health services and academic institutions.

Career examples include:

  • health promotion officer
  • health/policy advisor
  • global health policy analyst
  • health systems planner
  • clinic manager – community health
  • health educator/health promoter
  • health researcher
  • community health worker
  • community development.

Watch a short video about career opportunities that exist for public health graduates.

 

Career information for UAC

Need help/careers advice?

For general enquiries email the Master of Global Health program administrator. sph.miph@sydney.edu.au

Start your journey at the University of Sydney

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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