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.

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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>


Image - FHL video discussionMeet 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 Residential Workshop.  <Watch video> <Read news item>



Image - Jason AlacapaSPHCM alumnus wins award
Dr Jason Alacapa is the winner of the Young Achievers Award. He currently leads the implementation of innovative health systems for the World Health Organization STOP TB Partnership. The project adopts a sustainable social enterprise hub-and-spoke model in public health in the Philippines.


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. Through the SPHCM dual degree in Public Health/Health Management Jaffly 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>