School of Public Health and Community Medicine


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Study at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM) in Sydney 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 new 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.

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BIPH Fiji Case StudiesFinding Fijian stories for the Bachelor of International Public Health

Two academics from the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Professor Heather Worth and Adam Craig, with the support of UNSW’s Institute for Global Development, visited Fiji to collect case study footage to use in the new Bachelor of International Public Health (BIPH).  “By including practical case studies in our teaching, we move beyond theory. We present and invite our students to explore the complexities of working in international contexts and, in doing so, develop an appreciation of how public health practice is applied to address real world problems,” Heather said.

The BIPH is a unique undergraduate program that attracts students from all over the globe. The degree is offered through the PLuS Alliance with coursework delivered by the three partner university partners -- UNSW Sydney (the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, SPHCM), Arizona State University and Kings College, London. Collaboratively, through delivery of the BIPH, the universities are working to meet their goal of delivering education that is globally relevant and has far reaching social impact. <Watch video> <Find out more about the BIPH>


UNSW SydneyStrong performance in Public Health in world subject rankings

UNSW Sydney’s School of Public Health and Community Medicine performed steadily in the latest ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018 with Public Health ranking in the 76-100 range. With 38 subjects ranking in the global top 100, 24 in the top 50 and three in the top 10, UNSW continues its climb up the rankings, having the most subjects of all Australian universities in the prestigious league table. ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects has published the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by academic subjects since 2009. The rankings assess more than 4000 universities across 54 subjects in natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences, and social sciences. <See full story>



Cultural respect imageCultural respect program shows little immediate impact on patient outcomes
A cultural respect program has done little to improve Aboriginal patients’ outcomes and health professionals’ behaviour over the short term, UNSW medical researchers say. A year-long program designed to improve cultural respect in general practice and improve health outcomes for Aboriginal patients has failed to either increase the rate of Indigenous health checks or improve cross-cultural behaviours, a UNSW study shows. <Read News Item>


Jaffley ChenUNSW graduates awarded Westpac scholarships
Congratulations to Jaffly Chen who was awarded a Westpac Future Leaders scholarships for postgraduate studies. Jaffly Chen has a strong interest in Indigenous health and wellbeing. Through the SPHCM dual degree in Master of Public Health/Master of Health Management he aspires to work as a clinician, policymaker and mentor in Australia’s innovation landscape. <Read News Item>


Redefining influenzaRedefining influenza seasonality at a global scale and aligning it to the influenza vaccine manufacturing cycle
Annual seasonal influenza vaccine manufacturing cycles align with temperate country seasonality in each hemisphere, yet influenza seasonality is poorly defined for many countries. The study introduces a novel and universal approach to defining and classifying seasonality that can be used to classify any country’s influenza vaccine cycle alignment. <Read paper> <View video>


Future Health LeadersMeet our future health leaders inspiring the next generation!
Hear SPHCM candidates discuss why they joined the UNSW Future Health Leaders program, about their studies, and the value of the program to their professional development and careers.  Also read about the 2018 Residential Workshop.  <Watch video> <Read news item>