Department of Health Systems and Populations

Department of Health Systems and Populations


The Department of Health Systems and Populations is committed to leadership, teamwork and innovation. We believe that in order to prevent disease, promote health, and create systems locally, nationally, and globally that inter-professional and multi-disciplinary work and collaboration is essential. 

As the newest Department within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, we aim to build world class programs and undertake research relevant to 21st century population health needs and practice.

We are interested in the biological, environmental, social, cultural, economic, and political determinants of health. Our commitment to Macquarie University's teaching, research, and indigenous strategies, and our membership within the Macquarie Health Sciences Centre upholds our vision to 'heal, learn, discover', and makes our Department a premier place to study, research and work.

Public health education

With our first student intake planned for 2017, the Macquarie Master of Public Health will train public health practitioners who are equipped for 21st century public health practice and the growing demand for a diversified public health workforce. Our graduates will have the knowledge and skills needed to work in our globalised world. Public Health specialisations are available in health law, ethics, and policy; health leadership; environmental health; global health; and research.

Health systems, populations, and public health research

We also offer MRes, PhD and MPH(Research) degrees. Our higher degree research students are actively engaged in priority research areas and benefit from a strong culture of innovation and collaboration. In addition, our close affiliation with Macquarie University Hospital, Faculties, Departments and Research Centres across campus, enables connection, collaboration, and multi-disciplinary research and study.

Meet the Head of Department

Sonia Allan

Associate Professor Sonia Allan was appointed as the inaugural Head of the Department of Health Systems and Populations at Macquarie University in 2015. As the Head of Department she is responsible for its management, leadership, development and advancement. Sonia has particular expertise in health law and ethics, public health law, global health law, health and human rights, assisted reproduction, and women and children’s health.

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