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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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 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 the School of Public Health and Community Medicine 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.

Nikita is doing a Dual Degree in the Master of International Public Health and Health Management at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine. 

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Image - Walgett pool dayWalgett Pool Day: Community-led solutions to improve Aboriginal child safety
A partnership project led by SPHCM and Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service investigating child injury prevention launched its first community event at Walgett Swimming pool. Nearly 400 people gathered at the pool to swim, talk, play and focus on the wellbeing of their young people. <Read News Item> <See Research Project>


Jaffley ChenSPHCM student receives Schwarzman Scholarship
Dr Jaffly Chen, a current Westpac Future Leaders Scholar studying a Master of Public Health/Master of Health Management at UNSW Sydney, has been chosen for the Schwarzman Scholars Class of 2021. He is the second student from UNSW to join the prestigious Schwarzman Scholarship program since its inception five years ago. <Read News Item>


Image Sally NathanDr Sally Nathan wins UNSW Award for Excellence in Teaching
Congratulations to Dr Sally Nathan for winning the UNSW Award for Excellence in Teaching which was one of five awards across UNSW for 2019 presented at the UNSW Teaching and Learning Forum by Professor Merlin Crossley. The award is testament to Sally’s outstanding passion and diligence as a teacher, her student focused approach and her commitment to excellence. <Read News Item>


Benjamin Bavinton imageCongratulations to The Aileen Prize Memorial Prize winner
This Prize is awarded annually for a first author paper by an Australian researcher, published in a peer-reviewed medical journal in the area of infectious diseases epidemiology. The winner this year was Dr Benjamin Bavinton from The Kirby Institute for the publication: Viral suppression and HIV transmission in homosexual male serodiscordant couples: An international, prospective, observational, cohort study. Lancet HIV. 2018; 5(8): e438-437.


Image - Xiaoqi FengSPHCM welcomes A/Prof Xiaoqi Feng
We welcomed Associate Professor Xiaoqi Feng to the school this month. Xiaoqi comes to us from the University of Wollongong and she has taken up a role of Associate Professor in Environment and Urban Health, and will be working to grow our research in this space. Welcome Xiaoqi! <View Research Profile>