School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Health Workforce Programs

Health Workforce Chart

The UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine Health Workforce Programs are a new and exciting addition to the education and learning profile of the School. The programs bring together existing elements in curriculum, with a range of new offerings aimed at developing health professionals, staff, managers, policy makers and researchers at every stage and level of their career and across all types of health systems and services.

The demands on healthcare workers both in Australia and internationally continue to change as the health, disease and demographic profiles of communities change. Health systems and services are constantly facing new and often previously unknown challenges in the face of crises, emergencies and disasters and the emergence of new communicable diseases. At the same time they are dealing with the ongoing pressures of delivering effective, efficient, equitable and most of all safe healthcare, all within a resource constrained environment and in many countries, with a shrinking and ageing workforce.

The UNSW Health Workforce Programs help practitioners and managers to identify and address the current concerns of healthcare services, wherever they are located. The programs are conducted by staff and conjoints of UNSW Medicine and invited guest lecturers, all of whom have extensive experience in health services delivery, public health and management.

Practitioner up-skilling

Our Graduate Certificate (Grad Cert), Graduate Diploma (Grad Dip) (both available in the Health Management, Public Health and International Public Health programs) and Summer School courses offer an entry point for individuals who are interested in developing their skills around specific issues or topics, including those who only have a short period of time in which to develop their skills, or for people who are just returning to study. The Grad Cert and Grad Dip courses are intended for individuals wishing to undertake formal study, with the associated assessments and recognised qualifications. The new Grad Dip and Cert in Infectious Diseases Intelligence will suit busy clinicians and other health professionals who wish to learn the public health principles of communicable disease control, and can be taken fully online, face-to-face or a combination of the two. This option is also available to international students who can do most of the courses online but also experience Sydney by doing a face-to-face Summer School course.

Students can commence in Semester 1 (March) or Semester 2 (July) each year. Summer School courses (conducted in November and December) are open to everyone – students who are enrolled in the Grad Cert, Grad Dip and Masters programs, and individuals from the healthcare field who simply wish to do a course of interest. Courses in Summer School cover topics as diverse as health aspects of disasters, management of aged care services, mathematical modelling and community development, amongst many other offerings.

Early to mid career professionals

For early to mid-career professionals seeking a career-defining qualification, the Health Workforce Program offers a range of Masters degrees. These degrees are at the core of our curriculum and have gained local and international reputations for their relevance to work practice and the strong emphasis on adult education approaches to learning. The programs include the Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of International Public Health (MIPH), and Master of Health Management (MHM), as well as one of the SPHCM’s latest and most popular offerings – the dual degrees (MPH/MIPH, MPH/MHM, MIPH/MHM). Experienced clinicians may also benefit from the Grad Dip or Cert courses in Infectious Diseases Intelligence.

For those who are interested in health management and the opportunities in the booming Indian health sector, we offer an articulation program between the UNSW MHM and a MBA at SRM University in India. This results in a MHM and MBA in two years, as well as the opportunity to understand business approaches to the Indian health sector.

Each of these degrees is discussed in detail in the latter parts of this prospectus. Students can enrol face- to- face or via distance mode, which is conducted via workshops and online learning. It is important to note that students who have successfully completed courses as part of the Grad Cert, Grad Dip and Summer School (if they have completed and passed all required assignments) can have up to four courses credited towards their Masters degree program. We also offer internships within our Masters by coursework programs.

Future health leaders

At UNSW we are committed to developing and supporting the health leaders of the future, and to developing current leaders for the future, that is professionals who are able to lead health systems in complex, resource constrained and often turbulent times. Our UNSW Future Health Leaders program is for employers who wish to extend and train their leaders to the next level through a Professional Doctorate while they work full-time. We have extensive experience, expertise and innovative methods in work-based training, and a tried and tested model that can be applied to many different work places. We can negotiate with employers to train cohorts or individuals, but the program must be initiated by employee-employer pairs and supported by the employer. The first cohort of UNSW Future Health Leaders commenced in 2013, and the program has attracted senior health leaders from around Australia and the world.

Senior health executives

We offer specialised executive education in advanced health management and leadership tailored to meet the needs of senior health service executives. The executive education brings the benefit of our international reputation and expertise in health management to senior managers and leaders who are dealing with the ‘wicked problems’ that beleaguer health care services today, but who do not wish to undertake our longer courses or programs, or who want programs tailored specifically for their workplace. The executive education program reflects SPHCM’s commitment to innovative approaches to workplace learning and development, and is grounded in our research in translational research, transdisciplinary practice and implementation science. Intended to challenge current practice and create enhanced, high-level leadership skills, executive education courses can either be taken as stand alone sessions or can be modified or co-designed with our industry partners and targeted to their specific needs.