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.


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From L to R: Dr Michael Wang, President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs, Professor Raina MacIntyre, A/Professor Joanne Travaglia


UNSW president visits SPHCM to meet the UNSW Future Health Leaders
The Elite UNSW Future Health Leaders program had its annual workshop on August 3-7th 2015. President Jacobs visited on August 4th, and enjoyed meeting the students so much that he came back for a longer discussion with them two days later. We were honoured to have the opportunity to interact with the Vice-Chancellor in the classroom. <Visit FHL page>



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Postgraduate Programs
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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>.


Image - Globe Newsletter August 2015The Globe Newsletter

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

Contents: UNSW president visits SPHCM to meet the UNSW Future Health Leaders - Reflections on Nepal - Delivering hope to Nepal: Day of action and fundraising campaign - Expanding your horizons . . . - Library in the Springs High School - Empowering patients to reduce hospital infections - Reasons to be cheerful



Risky Business PalauRisky Business: HIV prevention and hostess workers in Koror - New Report
Sex work undertaken by hostesses in the entertainment and hospitality industry is the main form of sex work in Palau. Effective prevention programs for sex workers must be acceptable to, and be able to engage, hostesses more generally in order to effectively reach sex workers.


Image - PHCM9789 Bioterrorism CourseBioterrorism and Health Intelligence - New Course
This course presents an innovative new approach to critically evaluating risks and responses to biosecurity threats to human health in the modern age. Our systems, thinking, training, legislation and policies have lagged far behind momentous changes in science, leaving us vulnerable to population-level harm from bioterrorism. This course can be taken by enrolled students for credit or as a stand-alone course for professional development. <See course description and registration details>


Image AlcopopsDid the alcopops tax do the trick in reducing alcohol related harm?
Hospital emergency department presentations for young people significantly decreased following the introduction of the alcopops tax in 2008, according to a new UNSW-led study. <Read Article>


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>