School of Public Health and Community Medicine

School of Public Health
and Community Medicine

Study at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM) in Sydney at UNSW. The School is a leading postgraduate educator in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region through our Master in Public Health, International Public Health  and Health Management programs. Our School is committed to excellence in research, learning and teaching and action to enhance public health and health services.

2014 Postgraduate Prospectus

Download the SPHCM Postgraduate Prospectus for 2014 here

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Postgraduate Programs
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Research Flagship Areas
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Indigenous Health

New Health Economic Evaluation Specialisation

This specialisation in the Master of Public Health provides students with an understanding of the use and purpose of economic analyses in healthcare and the required skills to apply economic evaluation to assess the costs and benefits of healthcare programs. Economic evaluation is an important tool to help decision makers obtain value for money in healthcare spending choices. Health economics is a dynamic and growing field which attracts interest from governments and industry, yet there is a substantial shortage of health economic expertise in Australia.  <See Public Health Specialisations>


The Globe Newsletter

See the latest issue of the Globe Newsletter published by SPHCM.

Contents: Meet Australia's Future Health Leaders - Influenza vaccine reduces heart attack risks - Conducting research in a Low Income Country: The Kenyan experience - New public health specialisation in Health Economic Evaluation - Student Travel Fellowship



Prof Peter Smith receiving flu vaccinationInfluenza and influenza vaccine
Influenza is a viral infection which peaks in winter. It varies in severity from season to season, but during a severe season can infect up to 15% of adults and 30% of children.  Influenza causes death from direct viral effects and also from bacterial secondary pneumonia, particularly at the extremes of age...
<See full article>


Prof Raina MacIntyre on being proactive about healthy aging - the example of vaccination
The shifting global demography and ageing of populations worldwide brings new challenges for health care, and an imperative for healthy ageing and preventive health strategies for adults. See full article and details on international workshop on Vaccination in the Elderly to be held Friday June 20th in Melbourne.


Andrew HayenUNSW Biostatistics Unit
The School of Public Health and Community Medicine has established a biostatistical unit to provide consulting services to UNSW Medicine and external clients. The unit collaborates with researchers throughout UNSW Medicine and external clients to ensure the rigour and quality of medical and public health research. The unit can provide a broad range of advice and consulting services.
<For details see UNSW Biostatistics Unit>


“I am just writing to you to share some news that test the human spirit from my country….”: The human experience of climate change
Dr Melissa Haswell shares her reflections on the impact of climate change for those experiencing the worst of extreme weather.


Six Aboriginal women graduate from SPHCMSix Aboriginal women graduate from SPHCM, UNSW
Six Aboriginal Medical Service health workers have received public health qualifications from SPHCM, UNSW.
<See Sydney Morning Herald article>