School of Public Health and Community Medicine

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About SPHCM

The School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM) is a leader in public health, community medicine, health management and health systems strengthening. The School’s mission is to promote health, prevent disease and to strengthen health systems. Our staff bring experience from multiple disciplines and have experience in local, national and international settings. The School is committed to enhancing capacity and contributes to building leadership capabilities among health personnel and health service managers and policy makers in Australia and further afield.  

The School is a dynamic, international community of staff, alumni, practitioners and students. A core principle is the integration of research and teaching with health practice, both in Australia and internationally.

Our staff greatly value the opportunity to teach while pursuing their research. Many of our staff are doctors, public health specialists and other health care professionals who are major contributors to the delivery of clinical care, population health, policy and health services management.

We have a broad mix of students in public health, health management, international public health and infectious diseases from many professional backgrounds, with metropolitan, rural and international students all represented in large numbers.

SPHCM: key points

  • Committed to equity, diversity and social justice in our research and teaching
  • One of the largest public health and international public health programs and the oldest and biggest health management program in Australia
  • Offers dual degrees, extension programs and a range of specialisations
  • Provides flexible ways to study, including full online learning
  • Supports our teaching with strong research and collaboration with respected centres and institutes based at UNSW
  • Committed to improving the health of people in our region through research and teaching.