School of Public Health and Community Medicine

At a glance


UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine




The School of Public Health and Community Medicine was created in 2002 from the former Schools of Community Medicine, Health Services Management and Medical Education.


Head of School:


Professor Rebecca Ivers


Current students:


1348 students from 58 different countries


Number of faculty:


72 with over 180 conjoints


Postgraduate Coursework Degrees:

  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Health Management
  • Master of International Public Health
  • Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence
  • Research extension degrees (includes research project)
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Graduate Diploma
  • Dual Degrees

Undergraduate Coursework Degree:


  • Bachelor of International Public Health – a fully online degree offered as a PluS Alliance degree in partnership with Arizona State University and King’s College London

Research Degrees:


  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Professional Doctorate in Public Health: Future Health Leaders - Designed to be delivered in partnership with a suitable health workplace for senior health leaders from around Australia and the world
  • Master of Philosophy in Public Health
  • Master by Research

Flagship research areas:

Global health, primary health care, infectious diseases, social science, Indigenous health and health systems leadership and management


Centres and units within the School:


  • WHO Collaborating Centre on eHealth
  • Yunus Social Business Health Hub
  • Health Economics and Systems Global
  • Human Resources for Health Knowledge Hub
  • International HIV Research Group
  • International NCD Surveillance and Research Group
  • NSW Hospital Infection Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit

Research centres with links to the school:


  • Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity
  • The Kirby Institute
  • National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
  • The George Institute for Global Health
  • Centre for Big Data Research in Health



  • SPHCM is the largest public health program in NSW.
  • The postgraduate programs in Health Management at UNSW began more than 60 years ago. The UNSW Health Management program was the first and is now the largest health management program in Australia.
  • The School’s Health Management programs meet the core requirements for a Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and are accredited by the Australasian College of Health Services Management.
  • Master degree students are able to do a six-week workplace internship, providing the opportunity to gain real-world experience in a health organisation.