School of Public Health and Community Medicine


Explore your options at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine

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 (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 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>


Indigenous eye careIndigenous eye care review: non-clinical support critical
We need greater investment to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health coordinators, community-based liaison officers, and family members and carers, according to a systematic review led by UNSW Sydney researchers published in the Medical Journal of Australia.  <Read News Item>


Image - woman wearing maskCoronavirus - UNSW FAQs
UNSW is continuing to review and monitor the coronavirus situation and updating students, staff, partners and visitors as new information comes to light. You can read UNSW FAQs here.


Image - SPHCM bushfire responseResponse to the bushfire crisis and climate change emergency
The recent Australian bushfire emergency has had unprecedented impact on Australian communities and the environment. The public health ramifications, which may not be known for years, need immediate addressing. The SPHCM recognises the urgent need for a comprehensive and evidence-based public health approach to mitigate the long term impacts of the climate change emergency on public health. <Read News Item>


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>