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.

2015 Postgraduate Prospectus

Download the SPHCM Postgraduate Prospectus for 2015 here.


Australian Human Rights President, Professor Gillian Triggs under attack for reporting on human rights abuses of children in detention
Hear what Professor Triggs said about it at UNSW Public Health, Human Rights and Asylum Seeker Detention Symposium, 27 May 2014. <Watch Prof Triggs' opening address> <See symposium details>



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Research Flagship Areas

Image - Quantitative Research Methods MPH SpecialisationQuantitative Research Methods MPH Specialisation - new in 2015

Epidemiology and biostatistics are fundamental disciplines that underpin public health and clinical research.  The stream is designed to allow students to evaluate research and develop the skills to undertake their own research requiring quantitative research methods. <See Specialisation details>.


Image - Social Research MPH SpecialisationSocial Research MPH Specialisation - new in 2015

Many of the causes of health, illness and wellbeing are only partly explained by biomedical factors and are minimally altered by biomedical interventions. Thus solutions to health problems often lie outside the health system. This specialisation provides students with training in sociological conceptualisations of health and in approaches to health issues using both quantitative / epidemiological and qualitative / interpretive methods. <See Specialisation details>.


The Globe Newsletter Issue 19 January 2015The Globe Newsletter

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

Contents: The Second Australian Study of Health and Relationships, Positive life pathways for vulnerable adolescents, Ebola day of action and global engagement, Ebola guidelines, evidence, action and change, Infectious Diseases Intelligence Program, UNSW signs agreement with Nobel Peace laureate, Recent grant success, Sixth Annual Research Symposium, SPHCM: A springboard to the world, Cyclists research hits newspaper front page




Image - Rachel Wilkins with Bill ClintonClinton Foundation internship highlights public health initiatives
Packing food for disadvantaged families at three o'clock on a chilly winter morning gave UNSW Masters student Rachel Wilkins a practical perspective of initiatives supported by the Clinton family. Rachel is currently studying an MIPH at SPHCM and seized the opportunity to take up an internship over summer to learn more about implementing public health programs. <Read Article>


Image - Facemasks for the prevention of infection in healthcare and community settingsFacemasks for the prevention of infection in healthcare and community settings
Facemasks are recommended for diseases transmitted through droplets and respirators for respiratory aerosols, yet recommendations and terminology vary between guidelines. The concepts of droplet and airborne transmission that are entrenched in clinical practice have recently been shown to be more complex than previously thought. <Read Article>


First Yunus Social Business Centre in Australia launched at UNSW Nobel laureate urges young Australians to use creativity to solve world’s pressing social problems
Nobel Peace Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus has launched the UNSW Yunus Social Business Health Hub and urged young Australians to use their creativity to solve the world’s most pressing social problems. The UNSW Hub will collaborate to develop social business enterprises to improve the health of poor and marginalised communities.  <Read News Item>


Raina McIntyre and Peter Smith Medvarsity LaunchUNSW collaborates with Apollo Hospitals, India to launch Infectious disease management in India
Apollo Hospitals will launch its first course on infectious diseases control via Medvarsity, its healthcare e-learning venture. The course is a result of a collaborative effort between prominent Infectious disease specialists from Apollo Hospitals and senior academics from UNSW’s SPHCM.  <Read News Item>


MSF thank you to SPHCM for raising funds for EbolaThank you from MSF
Thank you from Médecins Sans Frontières – Doctors Without Borders  – to UNSW Alliance Against Ebola for raising funds to assist the Ebola response. The UNSW Alliance against Ebola (UNSWAAE) has been established to raise awareness and funds to support the efforts in controlling the Ebola outbreak.  <Read letter>


Ebola West Africa - European Commission DG ECHOARM training workshop for Ebola responders
Missed the workshop? Lectures now available online as a free resource. The ARM network presented a 1 day intensive workshop for ARM members intending to deploy to West Africa, as well as for first-line responders in Australia. <See workshop videos>


Arms Network LaunchARM Network Launch
SPHCM UNSW is now a member of WHO's Global Outbreak Alert Response Network and a founding partner of ARM, a new network to enable Australia's capacity to respond to cross-border and regional infectious diseases outbreaks. <See News article> and <Full details of ARM>