School of Population Health


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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, Global HealthHealth Leadership and 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  



Spotlight on our Alumni: SPH graduate Justin Thomas set to redefine ‘Airport Healthcare’

“I love how UNSW’s School of Population Health does ‘education’. Balancing work, life and studying, I felt like I had full control over my learning experience. I enjoyed how many of the courses in the Dual Master of Health Management / Master of International Public Health program had assignment topics related to my workplace allowing me to apply the course material in a real world setting. The flexibility and supportive culture of the course, services, and faculty were the biggest contribution to my success at UNSW and overall well-being as a student. ”

SPH’s 2018 alumnus Justin Thomas is Chief Paramedic Officer at King Khalid International Airport, Saudi Arabia. As he begins his doctorate at Oxford University on Airport Healthcare, Justin talks about how the masters’ program at UNSW defined his academic and professional journey. Read more about Justin here


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Image Global HealthIntroducing the Master of Global Health at School of Population Health
The new Master of Global Health degree will be informed by our commitment to address health issues that transcend national boundaries and focus on reducing inequities, moving away from a more North-South, development focused approach to health. To kick-start the program the School organised a webinar on 'Decolonising Global Health' to debate issues related to geo-political power structures, biases, and inequity in global health.  <Read More Here>


Image Catherine SmithWelcoming New Research Fellow
A warm welcome to Dr Catherine Smith who is joining the School as a Research Fellow on an ARC Discovery project. Catherine joins us from Macquarie University where she has held an ARC-DECRA examining the relationship between midwives, communities and the broader health system in Indonesia, with a special focus on understanding the interpersonal and socio-political processes that shape trust within cultures of medicine and health systems.  <Read more about Catherine Smith>


Image Chronic-disease-studyChronic diseases and public health failures fuelling COVID-19 pandemic: study
The latest findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) provide new insights on how well countries were prepared in terms of underlying health for the COVID-19 pandemic, and setting out the true scale of the challenge to protect against further pandemic threats.  <Read News Item>


Image Teng LiawUnifying and quality assuring disparate health data silos with a common data model
Congratulations to Professor Siaw-Teng Liaw’s on receiving the NHMRC grant for his research project. Siaw-Teng Liaw’s vision is for general practice to contribute data as an integral part of the national research enterprise across primary and secondary care. <Read News Item>


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>


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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