Department of Health Systems and Populations

Department of Health Systems and Populations

Our department aims to build world-class training programs and research that will underpin health systems of the 21st century. Our graduates are equipped to lead future public health practice.

Our students are encouraged to enrol with our PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) program for hands-on experience in the field. More information can be found in the Macquarie Course Handbook.

Higher degree research

Our research is collaborative across disciplines to ensure we build training relevant to health systems, populations, and public health. We are also researching at the interface of health law and ethics, human rights and the impact of climate change on public health.

Our areas of research include:

  • health promotion
  • disease prevention
  • health economics
  • environmental health
  • global health
  • health administration
  • infectious diseases and clinical trials
  • epidemiology
  • biostatistics
  • education
  • health law
  • mental health
  • public policy

If you are interested in studying public health at Macquarie, please contact a researcher to discuss your ideas and potential supervision before applying. For more information on applying please contact the Higher Degree Research Office.


Students are encouraged to join MedSoc, a faculty postgraduate social network that helps connect our research students through a variety of social events.

On campus, orientation and support

On campus

The University provides support and information for students regarding on-campus food, childcare and travel needs.

Stay fit and active beyond the classroom with Macquarie’s Sport and Aquatic Centre which has a wide range of fitness classes and sporting facilities and a variety of membership options to suit your needs.


New and returning students are encouraged to attend Orientation week to celebrate the new session. Relax, explore and meet new people before lectures start the following week. Check out what is happening during 'O Week' and keep an eye on your emails for your invitation.


Need a little more help? Academic support is available for you providing academic and program advice, as well as peer support, study skills programs and training and support resources throughout your semester.

For help outside of your studies, the Health and Wellbeing teams can help by providing guidance on how to adjust to University life, counselling services, disability support services, student advocacy and much more. Don't forget, you can also tap into the student social clubs and groups as a way of connecting with others who share your passions.

Support is also readily available for Indigenous students and International students who need personal or academic advice.

Contact us 

Learn more about our support for current students, make requests regarding your studies online or contact us.  If you have questions, please go to or contact the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

International student enquiries: submit an online enquiry.


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