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Master of Global Health

Study global health at the University of Sydney

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Overview

The Master of Global Health at the Sydney School of Public Health focuses on preparing graduates to work to improve the health of populations in the global context. The course has a specific focus on achieving equity in health for people worldwide and on preparing you to apply public health principles in some of the most challenging and demanding conditions in the world.

Exciting changes in 2019
In 2019, our Master of International Public Health will be renamed the Master of Global Health, the only degree of its kind in Australia. 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.

What is the Master of Global Health?  - our Head of School explains. Watch the video.  

Why study global health with us?

  • International and professional placement opportunities - you will have the opportunity to undertake a diverse range of international and professional placements and apply knowledge learnt in class to real world projects with location-based organisations in several Asian countries. We have a dedicated academic staff as the country coordinator for each of our partner countries.

  • Opportunity to tailor your learning in your chosen field –  the new 1.5-year Master of Global Health – the only one of its kind in Australia – will provide you the time needed to build competency and gain skills from a wide range of global health electives and electives from other programs within the Sydney School of Public Health. Our emphasis on practical skills and rigorous methods will allow you to stand out from the crowd and improve your career prospects. Our graduates work in a range of international settings including the World Health Organization, non-government agencies, such as Medecins San Frontiers and Oxfam, as well as bilateral aid agencies and ministries of health in their own country.

  • Apply global health principles - newly designed core units and electives will provide you with insight into the historical and contemporary contexts of global health and global health interventions, as well the practical skills needed for working in the field.

  • Research training – our Research Dissertation capstone will equip you with the critical thinking skills and research training necessary to prepare for a higher research degree and conduct applied research as part of your global health career.

  • First class teaching - this course is taught by highly experienced academic staff who are active within the global health community and have experience working in countries such as Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and Uganda. With students coming from different parts of the world, you will be part of a cohort that allows you to share experiences and learn from your peers as well as your teachers.

  • Make a real difference - you will have opportunity to be part of teams and involved in current projects that are making a real difference in disadvantaged international communities.

  • Flexible study options - you can tailor your study schedule around your lifestyle and other commitments 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.

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

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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

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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.

In general, core units are completed in semester one of each year and electives are completed in semester two of each year. Teaching methods involve structured and problem-oriented learning. Structured learning is achieved through direct teaching and self-instructional material such as course notes, computer exercises and reading lists. Group learning is encouraged to ensure valuable experience and knowledge are exchanged between local and international students. Study support groups are also formed for class presentations.

Units of Study

Admission criteria

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.

Future study options

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

Our Head of School outlines some of the career oppportunities that exist for our graduates.

Graduate opportunities

The Master of Global Health will lead to hands on careers in public health, i.e. working with people in the field, as well as research-oriented jobs which involve conducting studies and examining overall health trends.

Careers in public health include public health officer in a health service, public health advisor to an international aid agency or government department in a developing country, or a researcher at a university or research centre.

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.

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For general enquiries email the Master of Global Health program administrator

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 surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. 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, protected 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 an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. 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.

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.