School of Public Health and Community Medicine

PLuS Alliance

Interested in disaster and emergency management, security and public health? Take your career to the next level by enrolling today in a program from the Public Health Security Cluster.

The risk of bioterrorism and pandemics is increasing. Natural disasters and forced displacement of people pose additional public health challenges. First responders in the field must have a cross-disciplinary understanding of the health aspects of emergency response and disaster recovery in a wide range of situations.

The PLuS Alliance is a ground breaking new union between UNSW Australia, Arizona State University and King’s College London. It was formed to tackle complex problems and provide a global learning experience. You can choose from a suite of programs in public health, emergency management and security. They will equip graduates with advanced disciplinary skills in disaster and epidemic management.

Three programs are available in public health and security are:

You can do these programs fully online or face-to-face. Whether you're interested in disaster management, emergency response or public health and biosecurity you'll have course work from both UNSW and ASU in your program. You'll be part of the unique global experience in the virtual classroom with students from both universities.

We use novel teaching methods including the web series Pandemic. Our expert international speakers come from a range of agencies which include law enforcement as well as defence and public health. They provide unparalleled, cross-sectoral insights into public health, biosecurity and emergency response. We also have faculty from both UNSW and ASU teaching across all three programs.

We cater for a variety of backgrounds and include pre-course modules for participants from outside the health sector. Whatever your needs, we have a program for you. Get in touch for more information.

 

Global Security PLuS

Within the PLuS Alliance, a new initiative, Global Security PLuS will be launched in July 2017, which consolidates the security strengths of the three universities in research and teaching. The Public Health Security Cluster is just one example of educational offerings within GSP.

The School of Public Health and Community Medicine is excited to be the first school at UNSW to be participating in collaborative teaching programs in the PLuS Alliance with Arizona State University and King’s College London. The alliance amongst three of the world’s leading universities will enable the institutions to join forces to help find research-led solutions to some of our most pressing global challenges.  You can read more about this new partnership on the PLuS Alliance website.

We are very excited to be offering courses with Arizona State University (ASU), as part of the Plus Alliance. Students from ASU will be able to complete a number of SPHCM courses in the fields of Emergency Management, Global Health and Infectious Diseases. Students from UNSW will be able to complete specialised courses offered by ASU in Emergency Management that are not currently available at UNSW.

These opportunities will create a global classroom enabling students from both countries to enhance the learning experience by sharing their diverse backgrounds and experiences. The first set of SPHCM courses will be offered to ASU students in November 2016 and the first set of ASU courses will be offered to UNSW students in January 2017.

Additional collaborative teaching programs involving King’s College London and Arizona State University are also being discussed. Please visit this website for further updates.

This website is to provide UNSW students with the relevant information in regard to undertaking a PLuS Alliance course at Arizona State University as part of your SPHCM degree.

Course Information

Students are able to do a maximum of 1 course at Arizona State University (ASU) towards their SPHCM degree.

Please refer to the UNSW Handbook for the list of courses available. ASU courses available to SPHCM students all have the UNSW Course Codes YMED.

How to Enrol?

Students can enrol in ASU courses via myUNSW. 

What Happens Next?

You will then obtain access to ASU systems and you will receive communication regarding this from Arizona State University approximately 3 days before the course start date.  Please note ASU uses Blackboard (not Moodle) but support information will be provided so students know how to navigate Blackboard.

Further information will be added to this website over the coming months. Below you will find some FAQS that will provide you with some information in the meantime.

PLuS Alliance Orientation

All students studying courses as part of the PLuS Alliance should refer to the PLuS Alliance Orientation website once your enrolment is finalised. 

Plus Alliance FAQS for UNSW students

Do the ASU courses run at the same time as UNSW courses?

No. ASU uses a larger number of shorter teaching periods compared to UNSW. The Teaching Periods that have been confirmed are listed below:

  • 29 June to 9 August 2017 (ASU term AUB) Semester 1 @ UNSW
  • 17 August to 6 October 2017 (ASU term AFA) Semester 2 @ UNSW
  • 11 October to 1 December 2017 (ASU term AFB) Semester 2 @ UNSW
  • 8 January to 27 February 2018 (ASU term ASA) U1 @ UNSW
  • 12 March to 29 April 2018 (ASU term ASB) Semester 1 @ UNSW

How do I Enrol in an ASU course?
Students enrol in ASU courses on myUNSW.

How do I know what courses are available?
Please refer to the PLuS Alliance timetable.

What tuition fees do I pay?
Students will pay the same tuition fees for the ASU courses as they do for their current UNSW courses. If you have a CSP place then you will pay CSP fees. If you have a Full Fee place – you will pay full fees and so on.

Is HECS-HELP available for ASU courses if I have a Commonwealth Supported Place?
Yes HECS-HELP is available for ASU courses.

Where can I find key dates for the ASU courses?
Key Dates can be found on the PLuS Alliance Key Dates website or under the UNSW Key Dates website (using the filter PLuS Alliance).

What is the Census Date for ASU courses?
Please refer to the UNSW Census Dates website (using the filter PLuS Alliance) for information about Census Date and the last day to withdraw from ASU courses without incurring tuition fees.
 
Will ASU courses appear in my Moodle?
No. ASU uses Blackboard and you will have access to the course content on Blackboard. ASU will send you the relevant information on how to access Blackboard.

Are the assessments the same as UNSW courses?
Please bear in mind that the ASU courses require students to submit smaller more frequent pieces of assessment compared to UNSW. This is all part of the learning experience you will obtain by undertaking a course at an American university.

When will I get access to the Course Outlines and Blackboard?
You will receive access to the Course Outline and Blackboard approximately 3 days before the start of the course.

If I need support for the ASU course –should I contact UNSW or ASU?
You should contact ASU for any support you might need in regard to Blackboard, IT issues or any other administrative issues.

image - Information for UNSW Students

Welcome to the School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM). We hope you will enjoy your studies in the school. This website is to provide you with key contacts and information that might be useful for you during your studies.

Once you have registered for your UNSW class, you will be considered a UNSW PluS Alliance student. Congratulations on taking part in this unique alliance.

Support at UNSW

There are many systems that may be different for you and we want to provide as much support as we can to make your student experience at UNSW a pleasurable one. The links below provide you with the support that is available to you from central UNSW services.

Support in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Once you have enrolled and are starting to commence your course, the resources below are available to you in the School. We want to ensure that your student experience is a positive one, so please contact us if we can be of assistance at any point in time.

SPHCM Course Information

Please refer to the below links for Course Information in the school:

Course Convenor (s)

Every course has a course convenor (s) who you should contact if you have any specific questions regarding the academic content or if you are having any issues which might affect you completing assessments for the course.  The course convenor information is on the Moodle page for your course as well as the SPHCM Course Offerings website.

Postgraduate Student Administrative Team

If you have a question about an administrative issue like the last day to withdraw from a class or semester dates then please refer to our SPHCM Current Students website which has a lot of useful information. If you have a school specific question and can’t find the answer on our website then please get in touch with us via the following email address postgrad-sphcm@unsw.edu.au or on +61 2 9385 1699. We are available Monday to Friday at the following times:

  • 9.00am to 5.00pm (Sydney time) = 3pm to 11pm (Arizona time)

image - Information for ASU Students