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Master of Public Health

Study public health at the University of Sydney

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Overview

**The information on this page relates to the Semester 2, 2018 intake only.**

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.

Changes will be in effect from Semester 1, 2019.

You may still apply for Semester 2 intake of the existing Master of Public Health up until 30 June 2018 (via this page).

Join an online webinar on June 25th (12:30 PM - 1:30 PM AEST) with Dr Kevin McGeechan, Master of Public Health Course Coordinator and Professor Mu Li,  International Public Health Program Director for the latest updates about these programs and get all your questions answered. Click to register.

The Public Health programs at Sydney Medical School focus on the prevention of illness and the promotion of health. Learning opportunities are aimed at developing the essential knowledge and required skills of practitioners in the practice of public health, including the effective management of community health problems to improve conditions and outcomes.

The programs are offered at a graduate diploma and master's degree level.

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

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.

 

 

Specialisations

With a large number of units of study to choose from, you can tailor the program to suit your individual needs. You may choose to take a variety of subjects or study subjects within one of five pathways: - Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (Communicable Disease) - Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (Injury) - Public Health Research - Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (Chronic Disease) - Health Economics/Health Policy. Pathways are highly flexible and students may choose units of study according to their interest, subject to study load and prerequisites.

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

What you'll study

The Master of  Public Health consists of 48 credit points (cp), including 32cp of core units, and 16cp of elective units. The majority of core units of study are scheduled in Semester 1.

The core units provide basic health knowledge and skills in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Public Health, Qualitative Health Research, Health Promotion and Public Health Ethics. Most electives are in semester two of each year.


You will undertake a minimum of 8cp of PUBH electives and a maximum of 8cp of non PUBH elective units. Many units of study are also available in distance mode.

Core units of study:
PUBH5010 - Epidemiology Methods and Uses - 6cp
PUBH5018 - Introductory Biostatistics - 6cp
PUBH5030 - Public Health Achievements and Challenges - 2cp
PUBH5032 - Making Decisions in Public Health - 2cp
PUBH5033 - Disease Prevention and Health Promotion - 6cp
PUBH5034 - Public Health Capstone - 4cp
QUAL5005 - Introducing Qualitative Health Research - 4cp
BETH5206 - Introduction to Public Health Ethics

Units of Study

Admission criteria

Admission to the Master of Public Health requires an undergraduate degree in public health, medicine, medical science, nursing, allied health (including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, optometry), dentistry, veterinary science, education, communication and journalism, science, arts, psychology, social science, political science, policy analysis, government, international relations, engineering, architecture, mathematics, law, economics, commerce, business, accounting or marketing.

In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the school, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

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 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.

Graduate opportunities

The Master of Public Health leads to hands on careers in public health, such as 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 working as a public health officer in government health departments; health education/promotion officer; clinical research manager; health information manager or health project manager.

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.

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