School of Public Health and Community Medicine

MPH Public Security specialisation

MPH Public Security

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Public health and security in a changing world

Ongoing global political instability and terrorism is an emerging challenge for public health. The MPH Public Security stream is for students who want a strong grounding in public health combined with specialisation in the health aspects of disasters, emergency management and crises including bioterrorism and epidemics.

The Master of Public Health in Public Security will equip public health graduates with unique skills in emerging public health risks, disasters, terrorism, bioterrorism, disease intelligence, and in public health preparedness, response and control. Students do the core subjects for the MPH stream and then can choose from an array of electives in public health, or do international security and terrorism electives available from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences to strengthen their grounding in the political context of disasters. This program can be taken as a Plus Alliance program, with electives available from Arizona State University. Contact us for more details of how you can have a truly global learning experience. ASU has strengths in Homeland Security, Emergency Management and Counter-terrorism studies, and you can enhance your learning by selecting a range of electives in these areas with your MPH core subjects.

This course is for professionals involved in any aspect of public security preparedness and response, who wish to be intellectually challenged to think outside the square, and to gain new critical skills which can be applied in their professional practice.

Overview

Ongoing global political instability and conflict perpetuates the risk of terrorism, bioterrorism and other chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear risks. In addition, natural disasters and forced displacement of people pose additional public health challenges which require an understanding of health aspects of emergency response and disaster recovery. This degree presents a range of subjects to equip graduates with advanced public health skills as well as skills in health aspects of disasters and terrorism. Public health practitioners, clinicians, emergency services, police and the military need to be aware of these risks and have the public health knowledge and skills to understand and respond effectively to them.

Who should do this stream?

The stream is for students who want a strong grounding in public health combined with specialisation in the health aspects of disasters, emergency management and crises including epidemics, which is reflected in their Testamur. It is particularly aimed at first-responders, analysts or policy makers from health, emergency management, law enforcement, military or other relevant backgrounds who have an interest in developing their public health knowledge and experience.

Learning outcomes

The Public Security stream’s learning outcomes are achieved by students completing a defined combination of established courses offered by the School of Public Health and Community Medicine. There are two stream-defining courses: PHCM9789 Bioterrorism and Health Intelligence, and PHCM9662 Health Aspects of Crises, Emergencies and Disasters. The MPH core courses must also be completed. These will provide students with a strong grounding in the principles and practice of preparing for and responding to infectious disease emergencies as well as advanced understanding of modern trends that heighten the risk of such emergencies.  Courses offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences dealing with international security threats and terrorism will be available as electives in the stream, to enhance the depth of understanding of this important field.This program can be taken as a Plus Alliance program, with electives available from Arizona State University. Contact us for more details of how you can have a truly global learning experience.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) at UNSW is essential for a career in population health, including health promotion, primary health care, policy formulation, research, and management of health programs. Many of our graduates occupy key positions in health departments, non-government organisations and universities in Australia and internationally. The Public Security specialisation of the MPH provides additional grounding in the combined areas of human health aspects of preparedness and response to natural and unnatural disasters.

Flexible delivery

For busy professionals with diverse needs, we provide you the flexibility to do this program in face-to-face mode, online* or in blended mode to suit your lifestyle. Electives with the prefix “POL” are only offered face-to-face.  We ensure an equivalent interactive learning experience regardless of which mode of delivery you choose. Our experienced tutors will be available to discuss problems online or face-to-face in the classroom.

This stream is ideal for first-responders, analysts or policy makers from public health, clinical medicine or nursing, paramedics, emergency management, law enforcement, military or other relevant backgrounds. No matter what your disciplinary background, if you are interested in health aspects of disaster management and emergency response, this program is for you.
 

* PHCM9143 and PHCM9148 are not available to external (online only) students. See UNSW Handbook.