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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, planning and managing health programs, or impacting change in health policy or bioethics – build a rewarding career around improving the health of communities.

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 educational experiences and opportunities for national and international placements through our industry partnerships.
  • 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 and experiences to work in a variety of settings around the world to make a real-world impact on public health issues.
  • We offer part-time, evening, distance learning, full-time and intensive study options.

Hear from our public health students and graduates about where their studies are taking them

Where can public health take you?

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 across the world, 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.

How can I study public health?

Our postgraduate courses are taught by experts in their field and will give you the skills and knowledge to work at the highest level in your chosen area. We welcome postgraduate students from both health and non-health backgrounds.

Postgraduate coursework options

Develop your understanding of the ethical issues and social concerns related to risk and health, nanotechnology and global public health.

Learn a more sophisticated knowledge of statistics in health-related fields. Study in areas including epidemiology, design of randomised controlled trials, generalised linear models, longitudinal and correlated data analysis and survival analysis.

Develop the capabilities to generate high quality clinical research, and to find, interpret and evaluate research evidence to improve patient care outcomes.

Learn how to improve the health of populations in the global context with a focus on achieving equity and applying public health principles in some of the most challenging and demanding conditions in the world.

Gain a comprehensive and practical understanding of health systems and policy making processes in order to shape the health policy environment.

A program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers who either already have a role in promoting the health of their communities and who wish to gain experience or skills in this field.

Develop the essential knowledge and required skills in the practice of public health, including the effective management of community health problems to improve conditions and outcomes.

Postgraduate research options

This course is aimed at those who intend to pursue a career in medical or health research or who wish to gain a competitive edge by demonstrating superior ability and research experience. It may also be used as a stepping-stone to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

This course allows you to pursue research from a wide range of areas in which the faculty has expertise. You will complete the degree in three to four years, undertaking research which culminates in a thesis.

To find a potential supervisor visit Research Supervisor Connect or learn more about postgraduate research.

Professional development short courses

Stay up to date in your field and broaden your knowledge and skills with a short course from the Sydney School of Public Health.