School of Public Health and Community Medicine

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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, and is at the forefront of research and education. Our staff bring experience from multiple disciplines and have experience in local, national, and international settings. The School has a commitment to capacity enhancement and human resource development and contribute to building leadership capabilities among health personnel and health service managers and policy makers in Australia and further afield.  We have capabilities in relation to education and training, research and service.

SPHCM is a dynamic, international community of staff, alumni, practitioners and students. An underlying principle at UNSW Medicine is the link between teaching and research; our operating environment further integrates research and teaching with health practice both in Australia and internationally. Our staff greatly value the opportunity to teach whilst 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.

Education and training

We offer a diverse range of postgraduate programs in public health, health management, international public health and infectious diseases intelligence, including a range of specialisations, dual degrees, and the opportunity to do research degrees.  Our educational programs are aligned with the School’s flagship areas of research strengths.

Graduates of SPHCM form a network of highly skilled health leaders in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, trained to work at the interface of education, research and translation of evidence into policy and practice.

Our teaching and learning methods encourage a student- centred approach. We deliver high quality teaching to our diverse body of students in the school across a range of programs. In addition our teaching:

  • Is responsive to the needs of both international and local students, building on the experiences our students bring to their learning
  • Promotes high levels of interaction and collaboration through innovative delivery methods, including online learning
  • Undergoes continual improvement, through the evaluative processes at university, faculty and school level.

We also offer our students a range of diverse and stimulating continuing education activities, seminars and workshops to enhance the learning experience.


The School has a vibrant and active research culture, evidenced in the activities of the research students and academic staff and the track record of high impact publications, successful history of research grants, and the transdisciplinary backgrounds and experience of academic, research and conjoint staff.

The School has six flagship research areas, each of which has dedicated staff and students: global health, primary health care, infectious diseases, social science, Indigeneous health and health systems leadership & management.

SPHCM is proud to be the home for the: NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Population Health and the Football United program.

Our School is one of the leading research schools in Australia with staff and Research Centres supervising over 150 research degree students.


Our staff are involved in service to the community (locally and internationally) as well as to professional associations, non-government organisations, area and national health services, and policy-making bodies both in Australia and abroad.

The School plays a key role in enhancing health care systems nationally and internationally, and contributes to building strong interactions with communities and with local, state and national health services.


We value:

  • Recognition of the Indigenous people of Australia as the traditional owners of the land upon which we work, and a commitment to addressing the public health needs of indigenous Australia.
  • Excellence in research, teaching and service operating within a meritocracy.
  • Advocating for public health and for healthcare as a public good and fundamental right for all.
  • Social justice, equity and diversity.