School of Public Health and Community Medicine


Explore your options at the 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 HealthHealth Management and Infectious Diseases Intelligence programs. Our School is committed to excellence in research, learning and teaching and advocacy to enhance public health and health services.

2016 Postgraduate Prospectus

Download the SPHCM Postgraduate Prospectus for 2016 here.

  PLuS Alliance: universities tackle global issues

UNSW Australia, King’s College London and Arizona State University (ASU) have formed a ground-breaking partnership to find solutions to global challenges as part of a new pioneering university alliance. As part of the Plus Alliance SPHCM will be offering two courses: PHCM9789 Bioterrorism & Health Intelligence and PHCM9788 Infectious Diseases Intelligence. <Read News item>

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Postgraduate Programs
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Research Flagship Areas

Image - Master of Infectious Diseases IntelligenceMaster of Infectious Diseases Intelligence

For those seeking advanced, applied skills in control of infectious diseases, this program covers infectious diseases, epidemic response, epidemic analysis, and a range of other infectious diseases subjects. <See degree details>


Image - MPH Public SecurityMaster of Public Health in Public Security

For those who want to specialise in emergency and disaster response. This stream allows participants to also take subjects on terrorism and conflict and peace studies to broaden your understanding of the context of health emergencies. <See details>


Image - Globe Newsletter December 2015The Globe Newsletter

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

Contents: Future Health Leaders - Grant success - Climate change grand challenge - Global Social Business Summit - Sexual health and behaviour of men in New South Wales - Professor Peter Baume honoured - Workshops in measles control, immunisation advocacy, neonatal vaccines - Football United's new partnerships and honours



Zika Virus MosquitoHow do we halt the spread of Zika virus?
With the WHO declaring the zika virus a global public health emergency, key questions must be answered if we are to protect those most at risk, writes Prof Raina MacIntyre. While waiting for a vaccine mosquito control is the key to halting zika virus. <Read News Item>


Jan Copeland receives Peter Baume PrizeProf Jan Copeland awarded Peter Baume Prize
Congratulations to Professor Jan Copeland (PhD) who has been awarded the Peter Baume Public Health Impact Prize from SPHCM, UNSW Australia.  This prize is given for significant international impact and career achievement in public health. Prof Copeland is the founding Director of the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC) at UNSW Australia. <Read News Item>


Image - Research Excellence Epidemic ResponseNEW! NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Epidemic Response awarded to UNSW
Global systems, thinking and capabilty in biosecurity has lagged behind quantum changes in science, leaving us more vulnerable than ever to infectious diseases epidemics. This Centre addresses critical systems gaps in epidemic control.  <More information>


Image Yunus High School studentsSydney teens with a social conscience show entrepreneurial flair
A group of young budding entrepreneurs was asked how they would improve the wellbeing of poor and marginalised communities. Their answers were surprising. <Read News Item>


Image - Fijian Minister for Health, Hon Jone UsamateFijian Minister for Health, Hon. Jone Usamate launches Shift Study
Congratulations to A/Prof Virginia Wiseman and the team on the recent launch of SHIFT study in Fiji by the Hon. Jone Usamate!. <Watch video> <Visit SHIFT website>


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 - 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>