Sydney Public Health School's vision, mission, and values

30 April 2014

Public health analyses and acts upon the problems that prevent us from enjoying a good healthy life. It also promotes ways in which we can achieve justice for people no matter what their background. Achieving these goals comes in many forms: generating knowledge of the public health problem, advocating for change and solutions, and helping implement those changes. The Sydney Public Health School’s teaching and research is driven by the common goal of improving the health of people.

University of Sydney Public Health School
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The Sydney Public Health School vision is for a global community where everyone’s needs for good health and well-being are met. The school’s vision extends to those with the greatest need, who would benefit most from improved health and reduced inequalities.


Their mission is to lead improvements in health, well-being and equity in Australia and worldwide by

  • contributing to the definition of public health problems and clinical epidemiology;
  • advancing and disseminating knowledge in public health and clinical epidemiology to inform policy and practice;
  • understanding the social, cultural, political, economic and ethical context of health problems and solutions;
  • promoting action through policy and interventions that focus on systems, places and markets, as well as on individuals and their behaviours; and by
  • excelling in evaluation to improve health policy and practice.

The Sydney Public Health School will do this by providing high quality, accessible education, conducting outstanding, high-impact research and working in partnership to translate knowledge into policy, action and evaluation. Where possible, they will use the latest technology and media to extend their reach, accessibility and impact in communities well beyond the school vicinity.


The University of Sydney School of Public Health values innovation, justice and respect for others. The pursuit of their vision and mission requires integrity, rigorous social and scientific inquiry, and a collegiate environment. The school is committed to

  • its staff members—providing a happy, diverse and supportive work environment;
  • its students—stimulating engaged learning that encourages critical thinking—about old and new ideas, and a culture that promotes originality and honesty;
  • communities—staying connected with communities both by sharing knowledge widely and by communicating directly with those who stand to benefit most, including through contemporary information technology and advancement of open-access publication of research;
  • the public health profession—the advancement of public health and its constituent disciplines, including participating in all activities that support the peer review system and advancement of ideas;
  • its partners—working in partnership with government, non-government and other agencies, both within and outside health, to increase the effectiveness and impact of the school’s work;
  • financial responsibility and sustainability.

University of Sydney School of Public Health

The Sydney School of Public Health is a vibrant, multidisciplinary network of individuals and centres which combine to provide exceptional and internationally recognized education opportunities in the field of public health. Sydney Public Health School has gained an outstanding reputation for the quality of its research programs and for the expertise of its academic staff.
The school is renowned for its excellence in teaching in areas such as epidemiology, biostatistics, health promotion, health economics, health advocacy and evidence-based healthcare. Study opportunities include research degrees and coursework master’s degrees, graduate diplomas and in some cases graduate certificates, most of which are open to local and international students.
Program: Master of Public Health
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March and July
Duration: 1 year
Application deadline: May 31, 2014 for the July 2014 intake; and January 31, 2015 for the March 2015 intake.
Entry Requirements: A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Public Health program requires

  • a minimum four-year full time degree or equivalent qualification from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification; or
  • a shorter degree from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification, and non-degree professional qualifications and/or substantial relevant experience and/or other relevant qualifications.

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If you have any questions about studying public health at the Sydney Public Health School, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Public Health Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.