Finding a career in public health

20 November 2020

Finding a career in public health: Meet the Head of the University of Sydney School of Public Health

If you’re wondering where a career in public health could lead you, Professor Joel Negin is a shining example that the path to a rewarding career isn’t always straight.

University of Sydney Head of Public Health Professor Joel Negin
Questions about studying public health? Prof Negin will be here to answer your questions!

Originally from Toronto, he graduated from Harvard and Columbia universities and started his career in management consulting. He then worked for five years in sub-Saharan Africa on health and development projects. In those years, he lived and worked in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Kenya, and collaborated with governments, the World Bank, academic institutions and United Nations partners.

It was after that experience that he realized that improving health and well-being in communities was the path that he wanted to follow to make the world a better place.

Joel started at the Sydney School of Public Health in 2008 as a lecturer in the Master of International Public Health program and has always loved teaching and the interaction with students.

Joel is now the Head of the University of Sydney School of Public Health—the first and largest school of public health in Australia.

Joel holds research grants from the National Health and Medical Research Centre (NHMRC) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with research focused on strengthening health systems in low- and middle-income countries. He also maintains collaborations in Uganda, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Fiji and has a passion for capacity building in the Asia-Pacific region.

“My passion is lifting people up—students, staff, communities—encouraging them to excel, to realize their potential, to be healthy positive contributors to their societies. My mission is to be a foundation stone for others to rise.”

Want to learn more about Joel’s experiences or ask him a question?

Throughout Public Health Week you’ll have the chance to send in your questions for Joel through our OzTREKK Instagram Story. At the end of the week, Joel will be joining us for a very special episode of the OzTREKK Study in Australia Podcast.

About University of Sydney’s Public Health Program

The Master of Public Health at the University of Sydney focuses on the prevention of illness and the promotion of health. Learning opportunities are aimed at developing the essential knowledge and required skills of practitioners in the practice of public health, including the effective management of community health problems to improve conditions and outcomes.

The Sydney MPH is taught by highly experienced academic staff who are active within the public health community and work closely with organizations such as the World Health Organization, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the Department of Health and Cancer Australia.

You will have the opportunity to undertake a diverse range of professional placements and apply knowledge learned in class to real-world projects with location-based organizations.

Program: Master of Public Health
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intakes: February & July
Duration: 1.5 years

Start your application to Sydney Public Health School!


Would you like more information about the Sydney public health program? Contact OzTREKK’s Public Health Admissions Officer at to learn more about your options!