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Why study public health?

26 July 2018
6 reasons to study public health at the University of Sydney
Learn the knowledge and skills to effectively plan and manage health programs, prevent illness and promote health and make a positive impact on the health of communities in Australia and around the world.

1. Specialise in your chosen field

The new 1.5-year Master of Public Health will provide you the time needed to build competency and gain skills from a wide range of public health electives, allowing you specialise in an area that interests you and boosts your career prospects. You will be able to choose your elective units from within one of four specialisations:

  • Chronic disease prevention
  • Communicable disease control
  • Health promotion and advocacy
  • Research methods

2. Diverse placement opportunities

You will have the opportunity to undertake a diverse range of professional placements and apply knowledge learnt in class to real world projects with location-based organisations. Find out how our graduates are making an impact.

3. Flexible study options

You can tailor your study schedule around your lifestyle and other commitments with our flexible study options, ideal for full-time workers. The Master of Public Health is available 1.5 years full-time or 3 years part time, with face-to-face, online and intensive delivery opportunities.

4. First class teaching

This course is taught by highly experienced academic staff who are active within the public health community and have specialised experience working in organisations such as the World Health Organisation, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the Department of Health and Cancer Australia.

5. Discover a new and rewarding career path in health

You don’t have to come from a health or medical background to study public health at the University of Sydney. Our students come from a diverse range of academic and professional backgrounds. Regardless of your experience, the structure of our public health programs will provide you with advanced postgraduate training and equip you with the skills and requirements for a career as a public health professional.

6. Graduate with a range of career options    

Studying public health allows you to broaden your knowledge in your chosen health or research area and add value to an existing career. Public health graduates can pursue a wide range or careers across research and policy positions at private and public health providers, academic institutions, research centres, non-government organisations and government ministries.

Our graduates have gone on to work as:

  • Scientific writers at World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Program Development Managers at GOAL Sierra Leone
  • Public Health Coordinators for International SOS
  • Health Economics and Social Policy Consultant at Deloitte
  • External affiars and government relations at pharmaceutical companies
  • Research positions at universities and health institutes

What can you study?

Still have questions? 

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