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About the Bachelor of International Public Health

BIPH FlyerThe Bachelor of International Public Health (BIPH) is a new program under the PluS Alliance embodying its core principle– to develop solutions to global challenges with social impact. The BIPH is the only international public health undergraduate program in Australia that is offered fully online. Designed to have a global reach, the program includes coursework from two of the world’s leading universities – Arizona State University (ASU) and UNSW (the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, SPHCM). This innovative program is designed to build and strengthen the international public health workforce- to help offset a projected shortfall of 18 million health workers worldwide. Moreover, this degree reflects 21st century best practice on transforming public health education using online learning in an increasingly globalised world.

Areas of Study

The Bachelor of International Public Health program covers the scope and methods of international public health including: the basic medical sciences; epidemiology and biostatistics; health promotion; surveillance and prevention; public health leadership; law and ethics; health programs; health systems; and, health economics- and prepares students for new approaches to emerging global and public health issues related to communicable and non-communicable disease, women’s and children’s health, mental illness, Indigenous health and environmental health.

Unlike other undergraduate public health programs in Australia, the program is internationally-integrated with emphasis on courses for increasing understanding and improving the health of populations worldwide. Students will explore a diverse range of case studies spanning international contexts and population health issues and priorities. Equally, to support a coherent degree experience, all courses will be closely interconnected in drawing on a range of cross-cutting themes such as advocacy, community dynamics, critical thinking, cultural competence, independent work, research methods, systems thinking, and teamwork and leadership. Students will complete a digitised portfolio throughout their degree program, with a capstone experience in their area of interest in the final year.

UNSW Difference

  • An innovative online and accessible program, being able to study when and where you want
  • An international collaborative degree program not currently available anywhere else the world and that aligns with the same recognised accreditation as on-campus public health degrees
  • Access to PLuS Alliance partnerships, strong recruitment pathways, global academic networks and industry partners.
  • Essential global public health knowledge and skillsets to equip you for professional opportunities in a wide range of local and global contexts, as well as to transition to a higher degree, including graduate medicine, Master’s program, or PhD
  • Easily accessible support services which provide students with the necessary guidance and assistance to achieve their career goals

Unique course offerings

Co-developed courses:

Two courses are jointly developed and taught across UNSW and ASU – International Indigenous Health and Comparative Health Systems. By comparing health systems and the health and wellbeing of Indigenous communities between countries, students gain a critical awareness of developing both culturally and socially appropriate health interventions including a range of health promotion, primary healthcare, and human rights strategies to health challenges at local and global contexts. 

Capstone in Public Health:

The BIPH Capstone in Public Health enables students to consolidate and integrate their knowledge and skills of public health research and apply this to a public health issue of their own interest. Students may select a topic from within areas of study including: health promotion; policy and practice; reproductive, maternal and child health; infectious diseases; non-communicable diseases; drug and alcohol; mental health; primary care; and, Indigenous health. Students are given autonomy to select from among diverse opportunities such as a research project or an internship through engagement with leading multinationals/ development agencies. 

Digitised e-Portfolio

Students will complete a digitized portfolio throughout their degree program which is unique to the online digital space. This enables students to integrate their work, monitor and evaluate progress in achieving learning outcomes over time, and reflect upon their own competencies and practice for working in public health in a variety of geographic, socioeconomic and cultural contexts. Students can develop a detailed portfolio which is important for application to graduate studies and future employment.

Student Life

The School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM) offer students a range of stimulating activities and workshops to enhance their learning experience. SPHCM hosts a regular Lunchtime Research Seminar Series for staff and students to learn more about the research and related activity of the School. Distant students can access seminar videos and learn about upcoming seminars from  the SPHCM Research Seminar Series website.

SPHCM also provides a platform for public health advocacy, engagement and debate, holding regular public events for students to come together around current pressing health issues and crises. More information can be found on the SPHCM Advocacy website.

UNSW offers a range of services, activities and support to help make life as a UNSW distant student easier and more enriching. More information can be found by following these links for Student Resources and Program Support.

Career Pathways

Targeted to meet the needs of students wherever they are based, this degree provides a stepping stone to a career in international public health or international development. Through unique course offerings and flexible online delivery, PLuS Alliance graduates will stand out amongst their peers and gain a perspective on global public health which is truly valued by key employers. Graduates will be equipped with core skills for a career in public health, epidemiology, health protection, health promotion or surveillance and disease prevention.

Potential careers outcomes include: Public Health Officer, Health Promotion Officer, Health Professionals, Health Information Manager, Community Health Officer, Policy Officer, Program or Project Administrator, Education Professionals, Public health advocate, Epidemiologist, Health communications specialist, Government and research assistant positions in health promotion and health economics.

Potential employers include government agencies (such as health departments), research centres and multinationals/ development agencies (e.g. UN, World Bank, CDC, WHO, AHRC, and MSF). Graduates may also pursue a research career in public health or seek higher studies, such as a graduate medical program, Master’s program or PhD.

How to Apply

Domestic Applicants

Applications must be submitted through Universities Admission Centre ) (UAC)

UAC Code: 428200

Click here for information on entry requirements and alternative entry avenues .

International Applicants

International applicants can apply:

The deadline for on-time UNSW Apply Online applications from international applicants is 30 November 2017. Applications can be submitted after this date subject to places being available.


Program Information

What are the admission requirements?

Domestic students (Australian Citizens, New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents)
Cut-off of 80

International students
Refer to the UNSW International website website.

I am an international student – can I come to Sydney to complete the BIPH?
Unfortunately not. The BIPH is an online degree which is not CRICOS approved. International students can complete the degree online without having to leave their home country.

Are there any face to face (internal) classes for the BIPH?
The BIPH is a fully online degree. There are no internal classes students are required to attend. (In Year 3 under the Capstone course you will have the option of learning through being in a work placement).

I am a domestic applicant. I really want to do this BIPH program, but I am afraid that I won't get the marks?
You will need to apply through the University Admissions Centre (UAC) and your application will be assessed by UAC based on ATAR (or equivalent). If you are transferring from another university, your application may be assessed on combination of university marks and ATAR (or equivalent).

If I am accepted into another undergraduate course at UNSW, am I able to transfer into the BIPH if my academic performance is suitable?
Applicants wishing to transfer into the Bachelor of International Public Health must have completed a minimum of 48 Units of Credit (UoC) and achieved a weighted average mark (WAM) of 65.

When are the starting dates?
The PLuS Alliance Bachelor of International Public Health program launches in Summer 2018. Students may start the degree in either Summer or Semester 2 each year. The first courses for the BIPH will commence on 8 January 2018.

Can I undertake this program as a part-time student?
Yes. The standard duration of the program is three years of full-time study or equivalent part-time. All courses are available online. Please refer to the Online Handbook entry for the suggested Program structure and Progression rules.

Can I get advanced standing for tertiary courses that I have already completed?
Yes. Students can apply for courses completed with other universities as long as the courses completed are in public health. Please refer to the UNSW credit transfer website for further information.

How do I enrol in Arizona State University (ASU) courses and the UNSW courses?
UNSW students will enrol in both UNSW and ASU courses via the online UNSW enrolment process.

Does this program comply with accreditation standards?
The program aligns with the curriculum accreditation requirements of undergraduate public health degrees conferred by the U.S. Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). While Australia has not yet set formal accreditation of public health programs, the BIPH program has been developed to be consistent with Foundational Competencies recommended by the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions of Australia (CAPHIA), to achieve the core generic areas of public health needed as a baseline for public health practice. 

Can the capstone project be undertaken as an internship or research project overseas?
Yes. Students are given autonomy to select from among diverse opportunities such as a research project or an internship in a public health area of their own interest through placement with a leading multinational / development agency. Students can select from within a range of areas of study such as: health promotion; policy and practice; reproductive, maternal and child health; infectious diseases; non-communicable diseases; drug and alcohol; mental health; primary care; and, Indigenous health. 



General Information

I am new to studying online - where can I find help to support my studies?
UNSW has provided a wealth of useful resources to help support students’ online learning. Please refer to the below websites for further information and support:

  • UNSW e-learning - provides an overview of the suite of technologies and applications that support student learning including Moodle, Turnitin, and myLibrary.
  • UNSW Online Study – provides for useful tips to online study.
  • Academic skills – provides an overview on  academic skills.
  • UNSW Essentials provides an online orientation to UNSW.
  • ELISE – is an online tutorial developed by UNSW Library to help students make the most of the Library’s online resources for their studies and research.

An orientation module to the BIPH program will cover these aspects in greater detail to help students succeed in navigating the online learning management systems and feel supported in the PLuS Alliance online student community.

Are there any scholarships available for students in this program?
There are scholarships available for entry into UNSW but not for the PLuS Alliance International Public Health program specifically. For information on University scholarships, please visit the UNSW Scholarships website.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?
To find out more about studying the PLuS Alliance Bachelor of International Public Health program, at UNSW, contact:

School of Public Health and Community Medicine
UNSW Sydney, NSW 2052
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