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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From student to teacher: Ebony’s nursing career with older people informs her research

Ebony Lewis’ experience as an emergency and practice nurse working with elderly patients has inspired her research in this area. Ebony completed a Masters of International Public Health at SPHCM in 2014 and joined the School in September 2018 as an Associate Lecturer in Aboriginal Health. She also works part-time conducting health assessments of older people in the community. "The most important thing going into research is to find an area of research that inspires you, so you can build a career and contribute in that area for many years," says Ebony. Find out more about Ebony's research.



Listen to UNSW Future of Change Scholar Nikita Bathla talk about her experience at the SPHCM and UNSW Sydney

I chose UNSW because it’s one of the most highly ranked universities in Australia and the School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM) is the only school that offers a dual program in both public health and health management. This gave me an opportunity to gain skills in both fields and then I could choose a career path based on whether I wanted to get into public health or I wanted to do health administration.

The best part about studying at SPHCM is that we’re under the guidance of really experienced scholars and they’re always happy to guide us in whatever the fields of our interests are. There’s always something for everyone at the SPHCM whether it’s research opportunities or internships to gain real world experience.  My future career plan hopefully is to go back to Bangalore which is my home town and be a health administrator. UNSW has really opened my eyes to research and I think that is something that’s really lacking in India. So to be able to do research on the ground would really be an asset to India and myself professional so that I can truly be the future of change. <Watch video> <Find out more about the School's Dual Degrees>



Image COVID-19 NSWUNSW researchers to boost the public health response to COVID-19 in NSW
A team of world-class researchers and project staff from UNSW Sydney has been seconded to NSW Health to join the fight against COVID-19. Prof Rebecca Ivers, Head of the SPHCM said: "Our experts in public health surveillance, research design and administration will support the incredible teams already working on COVID-19 at NSW Health. They will largely be working on public health containment and contact tracing, and will bring a wealth of knowledge from UNSW’s experience and expertise in responding to infectious disease outbreaks,” <Read News Item>


Image Eyes Yashadhana articleNew research published in Eye
Shows more action is needed to improve equity and diversity in global eye health leadership. Four out of every five people with vision loss live in low- and middle-income countries, and within all countries, good vision and eye health are not experienced equally. Furthermore, women in low- and middle-income countries tend to have poorer access to eye care due to socially constructed gender norms, and in high-income countries, services are less accessible to ethnic-minority groups and Indigenous peoples. <Read News Item>


Image Bushfire smoke healthBushfire smoke, pollution responsible for over 400 excess deaths
Bushfire smoke over eastern Australia during the 2019-20 summer is estimated to have been responsible for 417 excess deaths, 1124 hospitalisations for cardiovascular problems and 2027 for respiratory problems, as well as 1305 presentations to emergency departments with asthma, a preliminary evaluation published in the Medical Journal of Australia shows. <Read News Item>


Image - Trish Cullen & Sally StevensonAustralian first Women’s Trauma Recovery Centre addresses urgent need
Dr Patricia Cullen from UNSW’s School of Public Health and Community Medicine is working with the Illawarra Women’s Health Centre to establish an Australia first, Women’s Trauma Recovery Centre. The Centre will transform services by focusing on the emotional, mental and physical impacts of trauma. It will be a place of healing and provide wrap around services including medical and mental health care with legal support, financial counselling, and ongoing care-coordination and advocacy,” said Dr Cullen. <Read News Item>


Alcohol too easy for minors to buy online
Tougher laws for online alcohol sales are needed to prevent under-18s and people with an alcohol dependency from buying liquor at the touch of a button. UNSW public health researchers argue for tougher standards for buying alcohol online after their research revealed how poorly regulated the growing market is. "We call for online standards to be just as tough as when you walk into a pub or a bottle shop" Prof Richmond from the SPHCM said.  <Read News Item>


Image Prof McLaws coronavirusResearch priorities set for novel coronavirus
Renowned infection control expert, Prof Mary-Louise McLaws from the SPHCM, has been contributing to World Health Organization efforts to help develop a roadmap to end the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. <Read News Item>


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