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

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Dr Padma Narasimhan, a graduate of the Master of Public Health program at SPHCM UNSW and a Doctor of Philosophy, outlines how he has used his qualifications to further his career as an academic, researcher and Assistant Director of the Asia Pacific Ubiquitous Healthcare Research Centre.



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Indigenous Health

Public health aspects of infectious diseases research symposium 2014Public Health aspects of Infectious Diseases Research Symposium: Advances in Public Health and Health Services Research

Registrations now open.

The symposium will showcase the most exciting elements in infectious diseases research from the SPHCM and its affiliated Research Centres: CPHCE, The Kirby Institute and NDARC, which together form the strongest concentration of expertise and capacity in population health and health services research in Australia.The invited keynote speaker is international malaria expert Professor Graham Brown, Foundation Director of the Nossal Institute for International Health.  See conference details and registration.


The Globe Newsletter Issue 17 April 2014The Globe Newsletter

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

Contents: Joyful graduation for six indigenous students - UNSW Biostatistics Unit - SPHCM Social Media - Protecting Australia: closing the gap in immunisation for migrants and refugees - Interns share their experiences in India - Staff recognised for outstanding achievements - Our links with the World Health Organization - Dreaming up the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Public Health



MERS Coronavirus and bioterrorismCould MERS Coronavirus be bioterrorism? New study shows why this could be one of the explanations for the paradoxes of this virus
The MERS Coronavirus (MERS Co-V) emerged in 2012 and continues to cause illness and death more than 2 years later. It has been compared to SARS, which caused a pandemic more than 10 years ago, and public health response to MERS-CoV has been modeled on the response to SARS.  <See article>


Positive life pathways for vulnerable adolescentsPositive life pathways for vulnerable adolescents
A team of researchers have been awarded an ARC Grant to examine and analyse the outcomes and pathways of vulnerable young people who participate in the Ted Noffs Program for Adolescent Life Management. The findings aim to directly inform policies and programs, including life management, drug and alcohol and other support programs to better address multiple needs among this vulnerable group.  <See details>


National Immunisation Achievement Award
The Public Health Association of Australia has awarded Professor Raina MacIntyre the 2014 National Immunisation Achievement Award to honour and recognise her outstanding research in the field of immunisation / vaccine preventable diseases.  <See full article>


Dr Bette LiuDr Bette Liu wins top NHMRC Excellence award
Dr Bette Liu has been awarded one of NHMRC's top prizes for excellence for having the highest ranked Career Development Fellowship (Population Health Level 1) for 2013. Dr Liu’s research focuses on two areas, specifically establishing and developing novel methods for collecting data in large open-access prospective cohort studies ...  <See full article>


Public Health, Human Rights and Asylum Seeker Detention Symposium

 Public Health, Human Rights and Asylum Seeker Detention Symposium

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Arm 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. The launch of ARM was on June 16 2014. <See News article> and <Full details of ARM>