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University of Sydney School of Public Health in Australia

Program Overview - Master of (International) Public Health

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University and Faculty: University of Sydney
Faculty of Medicine
Programs: Master of International Public Health, Master of Public Health
University Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
City Population: 5 million
Student Population: 60,000
Campus Location: Camperdown Campus (option for distance education delivery mode)
Program Duration: 1 year
Semester Intakes: March and July each year
Next Avail. Intake: March 2019
Est. Indicative Annual Tuition: $44,500 AUD (2018)

International public health is concerned with public health in low- and middle-income countries. The University of Sydney staff have extensive international experience working in countries like Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia and Vietnam in Asia, and Ghana, Kenya and Ugandan in sub-Saharan Africa. Courses cover control of infectious diseases such as malaria and HIV/AIDS, as well as the new epidemic of non-communicable diseases.

Graduates will be able to determine the nature of community health problems, and bring together the necessary services to deliver them. The Master of Public Health degree is Sydney's benchmark, internationally recognised postgraduate degree. The teaching staff are active within the international public health community and have practical experience working in developing countries. They regularly provide advice on graduate career placement and can facilitate a work attachment in an international environment as part of the degree. The university's strong collegial spirit means that all students have a complete and satisfying experience. Students will be in a global classroom. Students come from all over the world, giving them the opportunity to share experiences and learn from peers as well as from teachers.

The Master of International Public Health consists of 48 credit points (cp), which includes four core units that total 24 cp. Students are required to complete 24 cp of elective units of study. There may be an opportunity to undertake a 12 cp research dissertation as an elective unit provided a minimum weighted average mark of 70 percent is achieved in at least 24 cp of coursework and approval from the course coordinator is obtained. In general, core units are completed in semester one of each year and electives are completed in semester two of each year. Teaching methods involve structured and problem-oriented learning. Structured learning is achieved through direct teaching and self-instructional material such as course notes, computer exercises and reading lists. Group learning is encouraged to ensure valuable experience and knowledge are exchanged between local and international students. Study support groups are also formed for class presentations.


Graduate Opportunities

The Master of International Public Health will lead to hands on careers in public health, e.g., working with people in the field, as well as research-oriented jobs which involve conducting studies and examining overall health trends. Careers in public health include public health officer in a health service, public health advisor to an international aid agency or government department in a developing country, or a researcher at a university or research centre. Graduates of the Master of International Public Health are able to obtain employment with non-government organisations (NGOs) internationally and in Australia, government ministries in developing countries, multilateral and bilateral agencies (such as AusAID, the United Nations or the World Health Organization), Australian health services and academic institutions.


Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Public Health/Master of International Public Health degree will hold a four-year degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification. In exceptional circumstances the dean may admit applicants without this qualification who, in the opinion of the school, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.


There is also a University of Sydney Master of International Public Health Facebook page!


Application Deadlines: January 30 for the March intake; June 29 for the July intake; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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