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Global leaders in public health

  • #3 in Australia Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018
  • #37 in the world Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018
  • Founded in 1930 Australia's first school of public health
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The University of Sydney School of Public Health

Creating a healthier future
For almost 90 years we have been tackling the greatest health challenges Australia and the world face by providing quality education, conducting high-impact research and translating knowledge into policy and action.

About Sydney School of Public Health

Founded in 1930, Sydney School of Public Health is Australia’s first and leading school of public health. Each day, our researchers and graduates are tackling the worlds greatest health challenges and striving to improve equity in communities throughout Australia and around the world.

Our vision is for a global community in which everyone’s needs for good health and wellbeing are met. We actualise this vision by providing a wide range of education and research opportunities for students and academics.

Our school has an outstanding global reputation, with renowned experts in areas such as tobacco control, chronic disease prevention, healthy ageing, infectious disease, population health metrics and physical activity.

Our academics maximise the school's research impact as we work with leading institutions such as the World Health Organization, the Gates Foundation and Australian governments at local, state and federal levels to bring the benefits of public health policy and practice to the people who need it most.

Our people

Professor Joel Negin
Head of School

Associate Professor Philayrath Phongsavan
Deputy Head of School

Alison Birt
School Manager

Research support:  Susan Martinez

Education support:

eLearning support:

Public health:

International public health:

Clinical epidemiology:


Health policy: Dr Carmen Huckel Schneider

Indigenous health: Jonathan Birch

Bioethics: Dr Claire Hooker

Qualitative health research: Dr Julie Mooney Somers

Head of School

Professor Joel Negin
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Sydney School of Public Health

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