School of Public Health and Community Medicine


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


Image - woman wearing maskUNSW's response to COVID-19

UNSW is continuing to review and monitor the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and updating students, staff, partners and visitors as new information comes to light.

See the website for information about how you can protect your health and what to do if you're feeling unwell or need support. 

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Infectious Diseases Relief Package imageGraduate Certificate in Infectious Diseases available under the Higher Education relief package

To support workers who are affected by the economic impact of COVID-19 crisis and are looking to upskill or retrain, the cost to study the online Graduate Certificate in Infectious Diseases Intelligence has been significantly discounted. The discounted fee will only apply to students starting their Graduate Certificate in Term 2.

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Social scientist, Dr Holly Seale is Director of the Bachelor of International Public Health (BIPH) at the SPHCM, and co-convenes a Masters course in infectious disease and the School's internship program. Holly has over 12 years of experience in infectious disease, public health and health service research focusing on the attitudes and behaviours of the community, health consumers and healthcare providers. In response to COVID-19, Holly provides ongoing media commentary and has had several papers published. She has also prepared a rapid review of the factors impacting on engagement with community mitigation strategies, is looking at the immunisation acceptance of novel vaccines, and has led a group of researchers on a community study to identify perceptions of risk and acceptance of strategies, in collaboration with her Masters and PhD students, and colleagues from the NSW Ministry of Health. Read more about Holly here.   


Manoshayini Sooriyakumaran imageSTUDENT PERSPECTIVES

Dr Manoshayini Sooriyakumaran - Master of Public Health (MPH) / Master of International Public Health (MIPH) (Dual Degree)

"The most important thing I’ve learned is how wide the scope of public health is, and how many different sectors play a role in its delivery. The diversity of professional backgrounds just within my program is amazing. Doctors like myself are just one tiny piece of the puzzle."    
Flexible study options and the choice of a variety of sub-specialisations appealed to Dr Manoshayini Sooriyakumaran when she chose to do a Master of Public Health/Master of International Public Health (dual degree) at the SPHCM. Find out more here 



Image - man coughing with maskGetting a true picture of an influenza outbreak
Seasonal and pandemic influenza, and now COVID-19, are persistent and unpredictable global threats.While more and more data are routinely and administratively recorded from all levels of healthcare, many of these data sources remain unused or under-used for identifying and controlling influenza outbreaks and epidemics. Dr Muscatello aims to change this with his research by looking at new ways to use healthcare and death databases to monitor and assess influenza risk, severity, and health and healthcare burden in real time. <Read News Item>


Image Xiaoqi FengResearch into health benefits of green space receives funding
New research will look at the health impacts of quality green spaces, with a focus on reducing inequalities in mental health and cardiometabolic disease prevention. "Health in cities is influenced by access to nature, but green spaces vary for a variety of reasons. While evidence shows that green spaces perceived to be high quality are more important for our health, little research has been done on which qualities matter and for whom,” said A/Prof Feng. <Read News Item>


Image Isireli RabukawaqSPHCM Masters student is combating COVID-19 in Fiji
Masters of Infectious Diseases Intelligence student, Isireli Rabukawaq is applying his epidemiological and infectious disease expertise in Fiji. The COVID-19 pandemic has become his top priority in his job in for the Fiji Centre of Disease Control Centre where he's putting into practice the skills he learned from the Masters program. <Read News Item>


Covid-19 women's health well-being imageNew research to help tackle the impact of COVID-19 on women's health and well-being
Dr Patricia Cullen is looking at the impact of COVID-19 on women’s health and well-being. "There are widespread concerns that COVID-19 social isolation measures may increase women’s risk of domestic and family violence; however routinely collected data are scarce," Dr Cullen says. <Read News Item>


ML McLaws Zero Covid cases imageWe should aim for zero cases before lifting restrictions
As states slowly start to lift some restrictions on social distancing, Prof McLaws from UNSW SPHCM says that we should not become complacent, recommending a staggered approach to easing restrictions. She says that the phase where we see a tail – after we’ve gone from a flat curve to very low figures – is the most dangerous time to start assuming that life’s back to normal. <Read News Item>


Christine Linhart imageStrengthening civil registration in Fiji for better health and social equity
Dr Christine Linhart is working with local collaborators to strengthen the civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) system in Fiji. "Strengthening the CRVS system will enable Governments to better plan for and develop programs and policies important for child protection, education and social security, as well as identify and allocate appropriate resources for key health priorities," says Dr Linhart. <Read News Item>


Fracture imageAction needed to improve fracture care in low- and middle-income countries
New research published in The Lancet reveals a major lack in timely hospital care for fractures in low- and middle-income countries. For the first time, researchers have examined the frequency and risk of delays in essential fracture care in hospitals in low- and middle-income countries. The findings highlight a major gap in these countries' health systems that is putting lives at risk, but one that can be addressed. <Read News Item>


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