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Public health short courses

Improve your skills in public health with professional development courses

Take the next step in your career by enrolling in one of our public health short courses. We cover topics in bioethics, decision-making, clinical epidemiology and qualitative health research methods.

Our short courses

The short courses below are variants of units of study available for direct registration. This enables you to complete the unit without formal university enrolment. You will receive a certificate of completion, however, you will not receive credit points towards a University of Sydney degree.

To receive credit points and an academic transcript, please see our units of study via non award enrolment.

Introduction to ethical reasoning

Gain a background in philosophical ethics necessary to engage in advanced analysis of issues in bioethics.

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Bioethics, law and society

This professional development course introduces the intersection between health care, ethics and the law.

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Clinical ethics

Gain an overview of the broader ethical issues that underlie the delivery of healthcare.

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Human and animal research ethics

Explore the ethical underpinnings of the research endeavor in both humans and non-human animals, including the justifications for engaging in research and core ethical issues arising in research.

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Ethics and public health

An overview of the ethical and political issues that underlie public health and public health research.

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Ethics and mental health

This course will provide participants with a broad perspective of issues in bioethics applied to mental health and mental illness. 

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Arts in health

The course offers a rich and detailed exploration of varying debates in the scholarly and practice-based fields of arts-and-health.

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Medicines, policy, economics and ethics

Explore and critique policies and processes related to medicines, examining how research and development agendas are set; how medicines are assessed and evaluated, and how new technologies are translated into practice.

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Introductory Analysis of Linked Data

This 5-day short course introduces the topic of the analysis of linked data at an introductory to intermediate level. It acquaints health services researchers, clinical practitioners and managers with the theory and skills needed to analyse linked health data.

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Evidence-Based Medicine for Basic Physician Trainees

This course will provide in-depth coverage of evidence-based medicine (EBM) for basic physician trainees preparing for the FRACP Part I Written Examination. 

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Business of health

The unit gives a systematic introduction into how Australia’s health system functions as a business system.

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Qualitative health in research

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to qualitative inquiry in health. It is designed for beginners and people who want an advanced-level introduction.

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Advanced qualitative analysis and writing

This intermediate course assumes a basic understanding of qualitative research and instead focuses on qualitative analysis and writing. 

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This series of three workshops can be taken as a group or individually. This short course is particularly well suited to health professionals and other people working in clinical organisations/environments, but is open to anyone.

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Units of study via non award enrolment

Almost all individual units of study from the areas below can be taken through formal non-award enrolment. This enables you to receive credit points towards a relevant University of Sydney degree. You will be expected to complete assessment and examination tasks. 

Public Health
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Global Health
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Clinical Epidemiology
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Biostatistics 
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Health Policy
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Qualitative Health Research
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Bioethics
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