School of Public Health and Community Medicine

International Public Health Overview

Program Description

The Master of International Public Health (MIPH) is recognised as a sought after qualification in international health. The MIPH program provides the basic professional education and training for graduates to work internationally in health departments, with non-government organisations, and with international and bi-lateral aid agencies. 

Program Objectives

The aim of the Master of International Public Health is to equip students with the knowledge and competencies to contribute to disease control, health promotion, and health services development across a wide range of populations and countries. These extend from least developed and post-conflict countries, still afflicted by infection and malnutrition; through middle income countries, experiencing increases in cardiovascular disease, cancer and injuries, in addition to the persistence of a communicable and under-nutrition disease burden; to more developed countries where the major challenges are non-communicable disease.

Mode of Delivery

The School provides a great deal of flexibility for students to tailor their study options according to their needs. The MIPH program can be undertaken either full-time or part-time. Courses are offered internally on campus with face-to-face teaching, or externally by distance mode using online teaching technologies. All courses offered by the School are available fully online which means our degrees can be completed from anywhere in the world. For some elective courses, there are optional workshops which are held at a residential school on campus, twice a year, one week before Term 1 and Term 3 starts.

International Public Health Degree Options

Students may enrol in a general Master of International Public Health degree, a specialisation (in Infectious Disease Control), an extension degree (with a research component), a dual degree or a dual degree (with a research component). Click on the Degrees tab to see which program is right for you.


The Masters’ program articulates with the Graduate Diploma and the Graduate Certificate. Credit for courses completed as part of the Graduate Diploma and the Graduate Certificate may be transferred to the Master’s program in accordance with the UNSW policy on credit transfer.