Course Description

This degree aims to train a new generation of professionals, policymakers, government officials and security sector personnel to manage complex health events and their wider social and economic consequences.

The course is an intellectually rigorous and flexible multidisciplinary program of study and research in the field of health security.

Based in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, you can tailor your tertiary experience by drawing upon the expertise of a number of schools and faculties at the University of Sydney, including:

- Faculty of Veterinary Science
- Faculty of Health Sciences
- Faculty of Agriculture and Environment
- School of Social and Political Science
- Sydney Medical School
- Sydney Nursing School
- School of Public Health
- Sydney Law School
- University of Sydney Business School

Why study with us?
Informed by the work of the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity at the University of Sydney, the course addresses the challenge of responding to adverse health events from local to global levels.

It covers:

- emerging diseases (animal, plant and human)
- laboratory safety and regulation (biosafety)
- biodefence
- quarantine and border control
- agriculture
- synthetic biology.

This program works closely with the Marie Bashir Institute , which is committed to meeting the challenge of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $32,000 total course cost.
International Students: $43,000 per year full-time

Starting dates


Graduate Rating

Graduates of Health Services & Support postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 69.2% (national average 70.8%)
Improved skills: 80.2% (national average 79.2%)
Overall satisfaction: 83.7% (national average 84.4%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from University of Sydney (USYD). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Health Services & Support postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 82.4% (national average 84.2%)
Studying full time: 7.4% (national average 6.5%)
Median full time salary: $75,000 (national average $83,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 085861G
University of Sydney (USYD) Code: GNHLTSEC1000