School of Public Health and Community Medicine

International Public Health students

Master of International Public Health

Program Description

The Master of International Public Health (MIPH) is recognised as a sought after qualification in international health. The MIPH program provides the basic professional education and training for graduates to work internationally in health departments, with non-government organisations, and with international and bi-lateral aid agencies. 

Program Objectives

The aim of the Master of International Public Health is to equip students with the knowledge and competencies to contribute to disease control, health promotion, and health services development across a wide range of populations and countries. These extend from least developed and post-conflict countries, still afflicted by infection and malnutrition; through middle income countries, experiencing increases in cardiovascular disease, cancer and injuries, in addition to the persistence of a communicable and under-nutrition disease burden; to more developed countries where the major challenges are non-communicable disease.

Mode of Delivery

The MIPH program can be undertaken either full-time or part-time.  Courses are offered internally on campus with face-to-face teaching, or externally by distance mode using online teaching. All courses offered by the School are available in distance mode. The degree can be completed online anywhere in the world without any attendance requirements.  The school provides a great deal of flexibility for students to tailor their study options according to their needs. The School also runs an optional Residential Week on campus where workshops are held for courses before the official commencement of semester. There are two residential weeks, in late February and July. The school also runs a comprehensive Summer School each year with courses offered in the face-to-face mode and via distance from mid-November to mid-December.

International Public Health Degree Options

Students may enrol in a general Master of International Public Health degree, a specialisation (in Infectious Disease Control), an extension degree (with a research component), a dual degree or a dual degree (with a research component). Click on the Degrees tab to see which program is right for you.
 
 

Articulation

The Masters’ program articulates with the Graduate Diploma and the Graduate Certificate. Credit for courses completed as part of the Graduate Diploma and the Graduate Certificate may be transferred to the Master’s program in accordance with the UNSW policy on credit transfer.

Which international public health degree is right for me?

Master of International Public Health (MIPH) - 9048   8 courses (48 Units of Credit)
1 year full-time; 2-3 years part-time
  The MIPH program provides the basic professional education and training for graduates to work internationally in health departments, with non-government organisations, and with international and bi-lateral aid agencies.  It will suit students wishing to update their skills and knowledge and/or learn new skills to assist them in a potential change of career.
         
Master of International Public Health Specialisation   8 courses (48 Units of Credit)
1 year full-time; 2-3 years part-time
  Specialisations enable students to complete a specialised program of study in their postgraduate coursework degree. It allows students to focus their studies in an area where the School has considerable expertise, and may incorporate individualised research project work.
         
Master of International Public Health (Extension) (MIPH(Extn)) - 9051   12 courses (72 Units of Credit)
1.5 years full-time; 3-4 years part-time
  The MIPH (Extension) is designed for students wishing to complete a Masters degree with a research component in international health.  It could also provide a pathway for students seeking to apply for entry into a PhD program.
         
Graduate Diploma in International Public Health (GradDipIPH) - 5567   6 courses (36 Units of Credit)
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
  The Graduate Diploma is designed to address the continuing education needs of specialists in international public health as well as providing a general orientation to international public health issues and methods for the health professions. It will benefit students returning to postgraduate study after a long period in the workforce by updating their skills and knowledge.
         
Graduate Certificate in International Public Health (GradCertIPH) - 7367   4 courses (24 Units of Credit)
0.5 years full-time; 1 year part-time
  The Graduate Certificate is designed for health professionals who wish to study in a short time frame and are seeking to update their knowledge and skills. It will benefit students returning to postgraduate study after a long period in the workforce.
         

Dual Degree in Master of International Public Health / Master of Public Health  (MIPH/MPH) - 9043

  12 courses (72 Units of Credit)
1.5 years full-time; 3-4 years part-time
  The MIPH/MPH Dual Degree will suit students wishing to complete two Masters degrees in the areas of International Public Health and Public Health. It provides graduates with essential knowledge to work internationally in health departments, with non-government organisations, and with international and bi-lateral aid agencies. It also provides for a  career in population health, including health promotion, primary health care, policy formulation, research, and management of health programs.
         

Dual Degree in Master of International Public Health / Master of Health Management (MIPH/MHM) - 9044

  12 courses (72 Units of Credit)
1.5 years full-time; 3-4 years part-time
  The MIPH/MHM Dual Degree will suit students wishing to complete two Masters degrees in the areas of International Public Health and Health Management. It provides graduates with essential knowledge in working with international aid organisations, and the skills and attributes to carry out senior managerial and leadership roles in population, clinical and departmental health services.
         

Dual Degree in Master of International Public Health (Extension) / Master of Public Health (MIPH(Extn)/MPH) - 9052

  16 courses (96 Units of Credit)
2 years full-time; 4-6 years part-time
  The MIPH(Extn)/MPH Dual Degree will suit students wishing to obtain two Masters degrees in the areas of International Public Health and Public Health, as well as complete a Research Project in international public health. It could also provide a pathway for students seeking to apply for entry into a PhD program. This program enables candidates to specialise in public health in international developing country contexts as well as Australia and other developed countries.
         

Dual Degree in Master of International Public Health / Master of Public Health (Extension) (MIPH/MPH(Extn) - 9054

  16 courses (96 Units of Credit)
2 years full-time; 4-6 years part-time
  The MIPH/MPH(Extn) Dual Degree will suit students wishing to obtain two Masters degrees in the areas of International Public Health and Public Health as well as complete a Research Project in public health. It could also provide a pathway for students seeking to apply for entry into a PhD program. This program enables candidates to specialise in public health in international developing country contexts as well as Australia and other developed countries.
         
Dual Degree in Master of International Public Health (Extension) / Master of  Health Management (MIPH(Extn) / MHM) - 9053   16 courses (96 Units of Credit)
2 years full-time; 4-6 years part-time
  The MIPH(Extn)/MHM Dual Degree will suit students wishing to obtain two Masters degrees in the areas of International Public Health and Health Management as well as complete a Research Project  in international health. It could also provide a pathway for students seeking to apply for entry into a PhD program. The dual program meets a well-recognised need to strengthen public health, health leadership and health management capacities within resource-constrained settings in international and global contexts.
         

Dual Degree in Master of International Public Health / Master of Health Management (Extension) (MIPH/MHM(Extn)) - 9058

  16 courses (96 Units of Credit)
2 years full-time; 4-6 years part-time
  The MIPH/MHM(Extn) Dual Degree will suit students wishing to obtain two Masters degrees in the areas of International Public Health and Health Management as well as complete a Research Project  in health management. It could also provide a pathway for students seeking to apply for entry into a PhD program. The dual program meets a well-recognised need to strengthen public health, health leadership and health management capacities within resource-constrained settings in international and global contexts.

 

Master of International Public Health (MIPH) - 9048

The MIPH consists of the following components, for a total of 8 courses comprising 48 units of credit (UOC):

  • Core courses - 3 courses (18 UOC)
  • Elective courses - 5 courses (30 UOC)

 

Master of International Public Health (Extension) (MIPH(Extn)) - 9051

The MIPH(Extn) consists of the following components comprising 72 units of credit (UOC):
  • Core courses - 3 courses (18 UOC)
  • Elective courses - 5 courses (30 UOC)
  • Extension courses (including research project)  - (24 UOC)

 

Graduate Diploma in International Public Health (GradDipIPH) - 5567

The GradDipIPH consists of the following components, for a total of 6 courses comprising 36 units of credit (UOC):

  • Core courses - 2 courses (12 UOC)
  • Elective courses - 4 courses (24 UOC)

 

Graduate Certificate in International Public Health (GradCertIPH) - 7367

The GradCertIPH consists of the following components, for a total of 4 courses comprising 24 units of credit  (UOC):
  • Core course - 1 course (6 UOC)
  • Elective courses - 3 courses (18 UOC)

Please note: The Graduate Certificate in International Public Health cannot be completed on a full-time basis if students commence in Semester 2 or Summer. Students should apply to commence in Semester 1 if they want to complete the program on a full-time basis.


 

Dual Degrees (18 months duration)

For the following dual degree candidates must complete 72 Units of Credit (UOC) comprising 4 core courses (24 UOC) and 8 elective courses (48 UOC):

For the following dual degree candidates must complete 72 Units of Credit (UOC) comprising 7 core courses (42 UOC) and 5 elective courses (30 UOC):


 

Dual Degrees (2 years duration)

For the following dual degrees candidates must complete 96 Units of Credit (UOC) comprising 4 core courses (24 UOC), 8 Elective courses (48 UOC) and Extension courses (24 UOC) including 1 research project:

For the following dual degrees candidates must complete 96 Units of Credit (UOC) comprising 7 core courses (42 UOC), 5 elective courses (30 UOC) and Extension courses (24 UOC) including 1 research project:


 

Please note:
International students who have not previously completed a degree in Australia and are enrolled in the full time program in Sydney (Kensington campus) are required to take the following additional course in their first semester:

  • PHCM9100 Academic Practice (0 UOC)

This course is available for all students to assist them with academic literacy practice and includes critical reading, thinking and writing, oral communication and managing postgraduate study. The course is made available at no charge to students and does not contribute to the program requirements of the degree. Local students who are returning to study after a long absence are also welcome to enrol in the course

 

FULL-TIME MIPH RECOMMENDED PROGRESSION
One Year Completion
Semester 1 (24 UOC)
PHCM9498 Epidemiology and Statistics for Public Health (6 UOC)
PHCM9605 International Health (6 UOC)
One Elective (6 UOC)
One Elective (6 UOC)
Semester 2 (24 UOC)
PHCM9012 Health Promotion and Social Perspectives of Health (6 UOC)
One Elective (6 UOC)
One Elective (6 UOC)
PHCM9148 Project in International Health or one more elective (6 UOC)

 

PART-TIME MIPH RECOMMENDED PROGRESSION
1st Year
Semester 1 (12 UOC)
PHCM9498 Epidemiology and Statistics for Public Health (6 UOC)
PHCM9605 International Health (6 UOC)
Semester 2 (12 UOC)
PHCM9012 Health Promotion and Social Perspectives of Health (6 UOC)
One Elective (6 UOC)
2nd Year
Semester 1 (12 UOC)
One Elective (6 UOC)
One Elective (6 UOC)
Semester 2 (12 UOC)
One Elective (6 UOC)
PHCM9148 Project in International Health or one more elective (6 UOC)

 

Admission Requirements

Commencing from Summer 2016/2017, the School has revised the admissions requirement for its Postgraduate Coursework programs to allow students from a wider range of disciplines to apply.

Applicants are required to have either:

  • An undergraduate degree in a field relevant to public health or health management (see list below)* and two years full-time professional or volunteer experience.  This may also include equivalent professional experience acquired as part of a degree of 4 or more years duration (e.g. MBBS,  MD).

  OR

  • An undergraduate degree plus an honours or postgraduate degree in a field relevant to public health or health management*.

[*Examples include, but are not restricted to, medicine, nursing, allied health, health sciences, biomedical sciences, dentistry, social work, sociology, behavioural and social sciences, social work, psychology, marketing, human services, emergency services, environmental health, veterinary science, health administration, business, management, engineering, law, science, mathematics and statistics, economics, policy studies and development studies.]

If you have any further enquiries please contact the SPHCM Student Services team postgrad-sphcm@unsw.edu.au