The University of Sydney

Master of Public Health



University Location Sydney, New South Wales
City Population 6 million
Student Population 73,000
Int'l Student Population 10,600
Main Campus Camperdown / Darlington
Program Campus Camperdown / Darlington
Program Duration 1.5 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $56,500 AUD (2024 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake February & July
Next Available Intake July 2024
Application Deadline Variable*
International Places Variable / no set limit


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’ll 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.

You don’t have to come from a health or medical background to study public health at the University of Sydney. Regardless of your experience, the structure of the university’s public health programs will provide you with advanced postgraduate training and equip you with the skills and requirements for a career as a public health professional.


The 1.5-year Sydney Master of Public Health will give you the time needed to build competency and gain skills from a wide range of public health electives, allowing you specialize in an area that interests you and boosts your career prospects. The core units of the degree will provide basic health knowledge and skills in epidemiology, biostatistics, public health, qualitative health research, health promotion and public health ethics.

The University of Sydney offers one of the broadest range of electives and focus areas of any public health school in Australia. At Sydney, you’ll be able to curate your learning around focus areas:

  • Chronic disease prevention and control
  • Infectious diseases
  • Health promotion and equity
  • Epidemiology
  • Health economics
  • Climate change and sustainability
  • Indigenous health
  • Planning and evaluation

You may also choose to complete a generalist degree and select elective units from across the specialization groups. Most elective units will initially be offered in semester two of each year, and many are also available in online mode.

You can complete the program by coursework or incorporate a dissertation/project. The dissertation/project provides an opportunity for you to apply your newly acquired knowledge and skills in a public health setting within Australia or overseas.

The University of Sydney also offers a Master of Global Public Health.

Admission Requirements

Completed bachelor’s degree
You must have a completed undergraduate degree from a recognized university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.2/4.0 (approximately 65% +).

Your undergraduate degree must be in a related discipline e.g., public health, medicine, medical science, nursing, allied health (including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, optometry), dentistry, veterinary science, education, communication and journalism, science, arts, psychology, social science, political science, policy analysis, government, international relations, engineering, architecture, mathematics, law, economics, commerce, business, accounting or marketing.

Admission Timeline

*The University of Sydney has a general application deadline of mid-January for the February/March intake; and mid-June for the July intake; however, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.