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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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Public health

Make a real impact in shaping the health of populations
Whether you’re interested in clinical research or biostatistics, managing health programs or impacting change in health policy – build a rewarding career around improving the health of communities.

Public health at the University of Sydney

Hear from our public health students and graduates

What is public health?

The World Health Organization defines public health as “the art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts of society”. Public health professionals come from a variety of health and non-health backgrounds, with a vision for promoting greater health and wellbeing in a sustainable way and reducing inequalities across communities.

Why study public health with us?

With more than 90 years of experience in delivering world-class public health education, the University of Sydney School of Public Health is consistently ranked among the world's best.

  • Our programs are developed and taught by leading experts and structured to allow for specialisation.
  • We provide real-world experiences and opportunities for national and international placements through our industry partnerships.
  • We offer part-time, evening, distance learning, full-time and intensive study options.
  • Our academics are some of the most highly cited public health researchers, whose work has informed policy and practice in Australia and around the world.
  • We provide our students with the skills required to work in a variety of settings around the world to make a real impact on public health issues.

Career options

Every day, graduates from the Sydney School of Public Health are making a difference to the lives of people in Australia and across the globe. Our alumni have gone on to work in diverse roles with national and international organisations, including:

  • Australian and international NGO's such as UNICEF, CARE, Oxfam, Australian Red Cross and Australian Aid
  • government agencies and state and local health districts
  • healthcare organisations, such as hospitals and long-term care facilities
  • private sector companies, such as health insurers and pharmaceutical companies
  • research positions at academic and research institutions.

Graduate story

Meet Vandana Joshi, a doctor turned public health professional who forged a career in humanitarian aid.