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 our 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. Our School is committed to excellence in research, learning and teaching to enhance public health and health services.

2019 Postgraduate Prospectus

Download the SPHCM Postgraduate Prospectus for 2019 here.

Rebecca Ivers Welcome
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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>


Image - Globe Newsletter October 2018The Globe Newsletter

See the latest issue of the Globe Newsletter published by SPHCM

Contents: Rebecca Ivers commences as New Head of School - Profile: Dr Katie Harris - UNSW-Indonesia Seed Grant: Adolescent Health in Indonesia - Strengthening prevention and control practices to reduce viral hepatitis infection in Vietnam - Positive psychology coaching for health and wellbeing - SPHCM internship students are better equipped for public health and health service roles - Profile: Dr Zhixian Sui - Woman of Influence: Dr Anne Bunde-Birouste - Medical students learn about refugee health by watching videos of a “not-so-proficient” doctor, and then a more proficient one - Peace Centre Myanmar - Elected President to ANZAHPE: Dr Chinthaka Balasooriya - SPHCM launches new Bachelor of International Public Health degree





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 published in the Medical Journal of Australia shows. <Read News Item>


Jaffley ChenUNSW graduates awarded Westpac scholarships
Congratulations to SPHCM student Jaffly Chen who was one of the recipients of the 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: A descriptive time series analysis - Dr David Muscatello
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>


Alcohol ads benchedAlcohol must be benched from sports advertising
We know that we can reduce alcohol-related harm by reducing alcohol availability and accessibility, regulating the marketing of alcohol, improving community understanding of the harms associated with alcohol and restricting the marketing and promotion of alcohol – especially to young people. But during footy final season, we allow "big alcohol" a free pass.  <See News Item>