School of Population Health


Explore your options at the School of Population Health

Study at the School of Population Health (SPH) in Sydney, Australia at UNSW. The School is a leading educator in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region through its postgraduate programs in Public Health, International Public HealthHealth Management and Infectious Diseases Intelligence. For undergraduate students, we offer the Bachelor of International Public Health. The School also offers excellent research degrees including a unique doctorate in Applied Public Health which incorporates workplace experience and a thesis in professional practice. Our School is strongly committed to excellence in learning, teaching and research to enhance public health and health services. We provide quality learning that is student-centred and relevant to real-world practice.


Short courses imageAre you ready to kick start the next stage of your career?

Our new short healthcare leadership and management courses will help you develop skills to drive change in health and equity around the world. We're excited to be part of the brand-new Medicine and AGSM partnership to deliver flexible, online courses for the next generation of healthcare leaders.

The courses will get you ready with real case studies from senior leaders and practical skills such as integrating evidence into practice and harnessing teams to inspire change.

For more than 60 years our leading educators, researchers and clinicians have translated discoveries into breakthrough cures, public health strategies, policies and turned high achieving students into the leaders of healthcare with globally recognised qualifications. Short courses commence in July 2020.

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Dr Siaw-Teng Liaw, Professor of General Practice at the School of Population Health, was appointed Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre on eHealth in 2018. The Centre has developed a 'Digital Health Profile & Maturity Assessment Toolkit' to equip countries with the 'know-how' to identify their strengths and weaknesses, and use this 'digital health maturity assessment' to systematically implement and sustain their national eHealth programs to enable them to promptly and flexibly address epidemics of both infectious and non-communicable diseases. This tool is currently being used with key actors in the Pacific Island countries and territories. Read more about Siaw-Teng Liaw here  



Madhav Raman - Master of Public Health (MPH) / Master of Health Management (MHM) with Extension (Dual Degree with Research Component)

"I am originally from India, but I grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, and still call it home. When I finished my undergraduate studies in medicine, I decided that I wanted to transition from a more patient-focused role into a more challenging role involving population health, leadership, and management. Hence that was my reason for applying to the Dual Master's Program in Public Health and Health Management. I enjoy participating in the many extracurricular activities and programs that are offered at UNSW, which has allowed me to expand my network and community and provided me with opportunities to contribute to UNSW as a student leader."   Read more about Madhav here 


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Image - Eiden Ni SheaWelcoming new faculty member!
The School is pleased to have on board Dr Éidín Ní Shé, who is joining as Senior Lecturer, Health Management. Dr Éidín has expertise in leading projects in the areas of co-design, consumer engagement, evaluation and health systems. Her recent research has involved the development of a frailty pathway, supporting the implementation of assisted-decision-making via the development of an educational intervention, capturing integrated care competencies, enabling junior doctors to speak up about safety and facilitating seldom heard voices in research. <Read about Éidín Ní Shé>


Image - UNSW campusGrant Success for School of Population Health
UNSW Medicine has been awarded $5.8 million for six research partnership projects in the latest National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding announced in the federal budget. UNSW Sydney has topped the country, securing 28 per cent of the total funding awarded in this round of Partnership grants, totalling $20.3 million. The School of Population Health has been awarded grants to fuel important research projects ranging from mental health, health data collection, and post hospitalization patient care.  <Read News Item>


Image elderlyLogistical and Cultural Barriers Are Inhibiting Older Adults from Accessing Elder-Mediation Support Services, Study Finds
Elder abuse is a complex problem that often goes unrecognised or unreported due to a number of barriers, including a general lack of information and understanding, feelings of shame, and fear of loss of relationships with key family members. For this reason, the road to help is often slow and complicated for people experiencing abuse. <Read News Item>


Image alcoholRisky alcohol consumption prior to incarceration: A cross-sectional study of drinking patterns among Australian prison entrants
“As a proud Aboriginal man with ancestors from Tubba-Gah mob, Wiradjuri nation, I chose this project because I have an interest in improving Indigenous health and overrepresentation in prison”, says Milo Darmopil-Kerslake, final-year medical student at UNSW. <Read News Item>


UNSW finalists announced in 2020 Eureka Prizes
Seven UNSW Sydney researchers have been named as finalists for the 2020 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes, for their outstanding achievements in the fields of leadership, research and innovation with A/Prof Heslop from the School being nominated for the Department of Defence Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia. <Read News Item>


Image Nikita BathlaSuccessful placement of our international alumnus!
Nikita Bathla has just secured a position in her home country of India after completing her dual Master’s degree at the UNSW School of Population Health. Nikita is contributing to a range of COVID-19 related studies, and is taking part in research on non-communicable diseases and health systems.  Nikita speaks about her degree and how it led to where she is now. <Read News Item>


Samuels BuildingNew name for school puts population health in focus
UNSW Medicine’s School of Public Health and Community Medicine will now be called the School of Population Health to reflect their broader approach to population and global health. “Population health invokes the field of research that informs developments in the public health system. It is the framework through which we apply public health approaches.” Prof Ivers explained. “In this sense it is more closely aligned with our approach to both teaching and research and our plans for the future.” <Read News Item>


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