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Study at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM) in Sydney at UNSW. The School is a leading postgraduate educator in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region through our Master in Public Health, International Public HealthHealth Management and Infectious Diseases Intelligence programs. For Indian nationals, we have the new Master of Public Heath International. Our School is committed to excellence in research, learning and teaching and advocacy to enhance public health and health services.

2018 Postgraduate Prospectus

Download the SPHCM Postgraduate Prospectus for 2018 here.

  Head of School Raina MacIntyre Welcomes New Postgraduate Students

Professor Raina MacIntyre, Head of School, welcomes new postgraduate students to the School of Public Health and Community Medicine and highlights some of the unique opportunities available to students.

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See the latest issue of the Globe Newsletter published by SPHCM

Contents: SPHCM launches a new Master of  Public Health program in India - Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus delivers Guest Lecture at UNSW - The mountain children have bad ears - Art is like chocolate for the brain - Professor Robyn Richmond receives Doctor of Science for her research - Research grant success 2017 - Launch of UNSW Vaccine & Infection Research Lab (UVIRL) - Piloting the First PLuS Alliance Students at UNSW - Seminar at Harvard University - Keeping in touch with SPHCM - Symposium on Resilient Health Systems and Universal Health Coverage - PhD student Alex Cardenas wins research award


UNSW and Apollo India form a new partnership to train India’s public health leaders
A partnership between UNSW and Apollo Medvarsity will see a new Master of Public Health (International) program offered in India. This specialist postgraduate program will help address India’s shortage of public health professionals and strengthen the country’s capacity to respond to major health challenges.  <Read news item>



QRN Hub LaunchQualitative Research Network Hub launches at UNSW
The inauguration of the Qualitative Research Network Hub was held in June on the UNSW Sydney Campus. The QRN Hub is the first initiative to offer a range of services in qualitative research.  It aims to expand and strengthen scholarship in the rigorous application and use of qualitative research methods and will extend its training and seminars to partners and collaborators in Australia and internationally.  <Read News Item>  <Visit website>


Image - ML McLws Sepsis awardLifesaving sepsis study wins MJA best research article
A study for the early recognition and treatment of sepsis in NSW public hospitals in collaboration with the Clinical Excellence Commission and UNSW’s Prof Mary-Louise McLaws has been judged the best research article published in the MJA. The winning article, “SEPSIS KILLS: early intervention saves lives” was the journal’s most highly cited paper in 2016 and followed the 2011 program that transformed the way emergency departments respond to the condition.  <See News Item>


Flu pandemicFlu pandemic likelihood increasing as new strains emerge
A gathering number of new influenza strains in the past five years has escalated the likelihood of a major influenza pandemic on the scale of the deadly Spanish flu, researchers say. UNSW researchers in the SPHCM are calling for better collaboration between countries and first responder agencies. <See News Item>


Raina MacIntyre First Responder Uniken articleFirst responder
Professor Raina MacIntyre is on the front line of the fight against emerging bio-threats. She warns biosecurity breaches could be as catastrophic as nuclear war. Her interest in bioterrorism stems from concerns around dual-use research that is done “with the intent of helping humanity, but which can also harm – either by deliberate misuse or by accident”. <Read UNSW Uniken article>


Check out Pandemic, our new web series about Bioterrorism and Health Intelligence
Our movie Pandemic has been nominated for 4 awards at the Melbourne Web Festival.  You can view the trailer and then click-through to view the full five-part series.