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.



New course: PHCM9789 Bioterrorism and Health Intelligence
Offered face-to-face in Sydney or fully online from the convenience of your office or home. Can be credited towards our Master of Public Health – Public Security, a career-defining qualification in the health aspects of disasters and emergencies or a Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence. <More information>

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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 particpants to also take subjects on terrorism and conflict and peace studies to broaden your understanding of the context of health emergencies.. <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



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 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>


Raina McIntyre and Peter Smith Medvarsity LaunchUNSW collaborates with Apollo Hospitals, India to launch Infectious disease management in India
Apollo Hospitals launched 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>