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Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence – UNSW

About the Infectious Diseases Intelligence Program at UNSW

Infectious diseases such as measles, malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS remain one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Diseases of this nature continue to contribute significantly to the global burden of disease and cost to society.

Emerging and re-emerging infections such as pandemic influenza, Ebola, dengue, and chikungunya, pose additional public health challenges and require coordinated and systematic disease control responses. At the same time, hospital- based infections and antibiotic resistance are an increasing concern for medical professionals globally.

Studying the Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence (MIDI) is essential for a succesful career in health emergencies, outbreaks, infectious diseases risk assessment and emergency response related to infectious diseases and other threats.

The degree will equip you with an understanding of epidemic patterns and how to apply this knowledge to develop disease control strategies on a national and global scale.

You will be prepared to work in infectious disease prevention in a diverse range of settings, from health emergencies, disease outbreaks, infectious diseases risk assessment and emergency responses related to infectious diseases and other threats.

The Master’s degree is designed and delivered by the UNSW Medicine School of Public Health and Community Medicine and is taught by world-renowned experts in infectious diseases.

Why study a Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence Program?

  • You’ll have an advantage pursuing a career in public health control of infectious diseases, health emergencies, outbreaks, infectious diseases risk assessment, vaccination, and other infectious diseases control programs.
  • Receive internship opportunities with government, national or international health organisations as part of your degree.
  • Gain advanced disciplinary knowledge and skills in infectious diseases prevention and control in a range of settings including in communities, risk groups, emergencies, as well as risk assessment and surveillance.
  • This program is available fully online, face-to-face, or in a combination of modes providing greater flexibility.
  • This program can be taken as a Plus Alliance program, with electives available from Arizona State University.

Mode of delivery

The School provides a great deal of flexibility for students to tailor their study options according to their needs. The MIDI 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 each Term 1 and Term 3 starts.

When is the program delivered?

The program is delivered over three terms:

Term 1 - February to May
Term 2 - June to August
Term 3 - September to November

 

Where can a Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence Program take me?

The ability to design and implement a multidisciplinary, public health approach to infectious diseases control is becoming increasingly important, especially in a rapidly changing global landscape, which includes climate change, rapid urbanisation, intensive agricultural and animal husbandry practices, and antibiotic resistance.

The Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence degree builds on principles of epidemiology and public health in an era of new and emerging infectious disease threats.

Graduates will be equipped with the specialised skills needed for professional practice in control of infectious diseases and emergencies across a range of contexts including:

  • ministries and departments of health
  • government organisations
  • international health organisations like WHO
  • non-government and voluntary organisations
  • primary care and community healthcare services in both public and private sectors

Infectious Diseases Intelligence Degree options

 

Articulation

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 as long as these degrees have not been conferred in accordance with the UNSW policy on credit transfer. Further information about articulation can be found on the SPHCM Articulation and Transfers website.

Which infectious diseases intelligence degree is right for me?

Students may enrol in a general Master of Infectious Diseases degree (1 year full-time), an extension degree which includes a research component (1.5 years full-time), a dual degree (1.5 years full-time), or a dual degree with research component (2 years full-time).

Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence (MIDI) - 8362   8 courses (48 Units of Credit)
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
  The Masters program equips graduates with advanced skills in public health aspects of infectious diseases intelligence, response, prevention and mitigation. It would be an advantage to professionals seeking a career in public health control of infectious diseases, health emergencies, outbreaks, infectious diseases risk assessment, vaccination and other infectious diseases control programs.
         
Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence (Extension) (MIDI(Extn)) - 9362   12 courses (72 Units of Credit)
1.5 years full-time; 3 years part-time
  The MIDI (Extension) provides students with advanced disciplinary knowledge and skills needed for professional practice in control of infectious diseases and emergencies across a range of contexts including ministries and departments of health, government organisations, non-government and voluntary organisations, and primary care and community healthcare services in both public and private sectors. The program fosters judgment-ready practitioners who can contribute to improving population health outcomes specific to infectious diseases in diverse settings.
         
Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases Intelligence (GradDipIDI) - 5362   6 courses (36 Units of Credit)
0.8 years full-time; 1.5 years part-time
  The Graduate Diploma program is aimed at health professionals who seek to increase their capacity around the management of infectious disease control strategies and those who wish to change to a career in infectious disease epidemiology. It will benefit students returning to postgraduate study after a long period in the workforce by updating their skills and knowledge.
         
Graduate Certificate in Infectious Diseases Intelligence (GradCertIDI) - 7362   4 courses (24 Units of Credit)
1 year part-time
  The Graduate Certificate is designed for health professionals who wish to study in a short time frame and are seeking to update their knowledge and skills in effective management or control of infectious diseases. It will benefit students returning to postgraduate study after a long period in the workforce by updating their skills and knowledge.
         

Dual Degree in Master of Health Management / Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence (MHM/MIDI) - 9041

  12 courses (72 Units of Credit)
1.5 years full-time; 3 years part-time
  The Master of Health Management / Master of Infectious Disease Intelligence dual program is an innovative approach to postgraduate health education enabling candidates to gain a better understanding of infectious diseases in the era of new and emerging disease threats, and management approaches for the identification, assessment, prevention and control of infectious diseases.
         
Dual Degree in Master of Public Health / Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence (MPH/MIDI) - 9059   12 courses (72 Units of Credit)
1.5 years full-time; 3 years part-time
  The Master of Public Health / Master of Infectious Disease Intelligence dual program is an innovative approach to postgraduate health education enabling candidates to gain a better understanding of infectious diseases in the era of new and emerging disease threats, and management approaches for the identification, assessment, prevention and control of infectious diseases.
         
Dual Degree in Master of International Public Health / Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence (MIPH/MIDI) - 9042   12 courses (72 Units of Credit)
1.5 years full-time; 3 years part-time
  The Master of International Public Health / Master of Infectious Disease Intelligence dual program is an innovative approach to postgraduate health education enabling candidates to gain a better understanding of infectious diseases in the era of new and emerging disease threats, and management approaches for the identification, assessment, prevention and control of infectious diseases.
         
Dual Degree in Master of Public Health / Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence (Extension) (MPH/MIDI(Extn)) - 9363   16 courses (96 Units of Credit)
2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
  The dual MPH/MIDI Extension program provides students with advanced disciplinary knowledge and skills to undertake infectious diseases prevention and control and health services roles. Students will gain a sophisticated understanding and application across a complex body of multidisciplinary knowledge including infectious diseases intelligence, policy design, implementation and evaluation. The program fosters judgment-ready practitioners who can contribute to improving population health and to work across a range of contexts including ministries and departments of health, government and non-government and voluntary organisations, military and first responder organisations, primary care and community healthcare services in both public and private sectors.
         
Dual Degree in Master of International Public Health / Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence (Extension) (MIPH/MIDI(Extn)) - 9364   16 courses (96 Units of Credit)
2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
  The dual MIPH/MIDI Extension program provides students with advanced disciplinary knowledge and skills to undertake infectious diseases prevention and control and health services management roles in government, community and health service settings with a focus on international settings. The program fosters sophisticated understanding and application across a complex body of multidisciplinary knowledge including infectious diseases intelligence, policy design, implementation and evaluation. Graduates are equipped with the specialised skills and concepts needed for professional practice in the prevention, identification, assessment, and control of infectious diseases. The program fosters judgment-ready practitioners who can contribute to improving population health and to work across a range of contexts including ministries and departments of health, government and non-government and voluntary organisations, military and first responder organisations, primary care and community healthcare services in both public and private sectors.
         
Dual Degree in Master of Health Management / Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence (Extension) (MHM/MIDI(Extn)) - 9365   16 courses (96 Units of Credit)
2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
  The dual MHM/MIDI (Extension) program provides students with advanced disciplinary knowledge and skills to undertake infectious diseases prevention and control and health services management roles in government, community and health service settings in Australia and internationally. The program fosters sophisticated understanding and application across a complex body of multidisciplinary knowledge including infectious diseases intelligence, leadership and workforce management, strategic planning and change management, quality improvement, and health program and policy design, implementation and evaluation. Graduates are equipped with the specialised skills and leadership needed for professional practice in control of infectious diseases and for research and evidence based professional practice. The program fosters judgment-ready practitioners who can contribute to improving population health and to work across a range of contexts including ministries and departments of health, government and non-government and voluntary organisations, primary care and community healthcare services in both public and private sectors.
         
Dual Degree in Master of Public Health (Extension) / Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence  (MPH(Extn)/MIDI) - 9366   16 courses (96 Units of Credit)
2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
  The dual MPH (Extension) / MIDI program provides students with advanced disciplinary knowledge and skills to undertake infectious diseases prevention and control and health services roles. The Master of Public Health is widely recognised as essential for a career in population health, including health promotion, primary health care, policy formulation, research, and management of health programs. When combined with the Masters of Infectious Diseases Intelligence, students will gain a sophisticated understanding and application across a complex body of multidisciplinary knowledge including infectious diseases intelligence, policy design, implementation and evaluation. The program fosters judgment-ready practitioners who can contribute to improving population health and to work across a range of contexts including ministries and departments of health, government and non-government and voluntary organisations, military and first responder organisations, primary care and community healthcare services in both public and private sectors.
         
Dual Degree in Master of International Public Health (Extension) / Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence  (MIPH(Extn)/MIDI) - 9367   16 courses (96 Units of Credit)
2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
  The dual MIPH Extension / MIDI program provides students with advanced disciplinary knowledge and skills to undertake infectious diseases prevention and control and health services management roles in government, community and health service settings with a focus on international settings. The program fosters sophisticated understanding and application across a complex body of multidisciplinary knowledge including infectious diseases intelligence, policy design, implementation and evaluation. Graduates are equipped with the specialised skills and concepts needed for professional practice in the prevention, identification, assessment, and control of infectious diseases. The program fosters judgment-ready practitioners who can contribute to improving population health and to work across a range of contexts including ministries and departments of health, government and non-government and voluntary organisations, military and first responder organisations, primary care and community healthcare services in both public and private sectors.
         
Dual Degree in Master of Health Management (Extension) / Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence (MHM(Extn)/MIDI) - 9368   16 courses (96 Units of Credit)
2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
  The dual MHM (Extension) / MIDI program provides students with advanced disciplinary knowledge and skills to undertake infectious diseases prevention and control and health services management roles in government, community and health service settings in Australia and internationally. The program fosters sophisticated understanding and application across a complex body of multidisciplinary knowledge including infectious diseases intelligence, leadership and workforce management, strategic planning and change management, quality improvement, and health program and policy design, implementation and evaluation. Graduates are equipped with the specialised skills and leadership needed for professional practice in control of infectious diseases and for research and evidence based professional practice. The program fosters judgment-ready practitioners who can contribute to improving population health and to work across a range of contexts including ministries and departments of health, government and non-government and voluntary organisations, primary care and community healthcare services in both public and private sectors.

 

FULL-TIME MIDI RECOMMENDED PROGRESSION
Term 1 Start
Term 1 (18 UOC)*
PHCM9789 Bioterrorism and Health Intelligence (6 UOC)
PHCM9782 Infectious Disease Challenges: Epidemiology and Control (6 UOC)
One Elective (6 UOC)
Term 2 (12 UOC)
PHCM9788 Infectious Diseases Intelligence (6 UOC)
One Elective (6 UOC)
Term 3 (18 UOC)*
PHCM9050 Immunisation Policy & Practice (6 UOC)
One Elective (6 UOC)
 

*Plus students must complete EITHER PHCM9498 Epidemiology & Statistics for Public Health in Term 1 OR PHCM9781 Evidence-Informed Decision-Making in Term 3 (6 UOC)

 

FULL-TIME MIDI RECOMMENDED PROGRESSION
Term 3 Start
Term 3 (18 UOC)*
PHCM9050 Immunisation Policy & Practice (6 UOC)
One Elective (6 UOC)
Term 1 (18 UOC)*
PHCM9789 Bioterrorism and Health Intelligence (6 UOC)
PHCM9782 Infectious Disease Challenges: Epidemiology and Control (6 UOC)
One Elective (6 UOC)
Term 2 (12 UOC)
PHCM9788 Infectious Diseases Intelligence (6 UOC)
One Elective (6 UOC)
 

*Plus students must complete EITHER PHCM9498 Epidemiology & Statistics for Public Health in Term 1 OR PHCM9781 Evidence-Informed Decision-Making in Term 3 (6 UOC)

 

PART-TIME MIDI RECOMMENDED PROGRESSION
Term 1 Start
YEAR 1
Term 1 (6 UOC)*
PHCM9782 Infectious Disease Challenges: Epidemiology and Control (6 UOC)
Term 2 (6 UOC)
PHCM9788 Infectious Diseases Intelligence (6 UOC)
Term 3 (6 UOC)*
PHCM9050 Immunisation Policy & Practice (6 UOC)
 

*Plus students must complete EITHER PHCM9498 Epidemiology & Statistics for Public Health in Term 1 OR PHCM9781 Evidence-Informed Decision-Making in Term 3 (6 UOC)

YEAR 2
Term 1 (6 UOC)*
PHCM9789 Bioterrorism and Health Intelligence (6 UOC)
Term 2 (6 UOC)*
One Elective (6 UOC)
Term 3 (6 UOC)*
One Elective (6 UOC)
 

*Plus One Elective during any term (6 UOC)

 

PART-TIME MIDI RECOMMENDED PROGRESSION
Term 3 Start
YEAR 1
Term 3 (6 UOC)*
PHCM9050 Immunisation Policy & Practice (6 UOC)
Term 1 (6 UOC)*
PHCM9782 Infectious Disease Challenges: Epidemiology and Control (6 UOC)
Term 2 (6 UOC)*
PHCM9788 Infectious Diseases Intelligence (6 UOC)
 

*Plus students must complete EITHER PHCM9498 Epidemiology & Statistics for Public Health in Term 1 OR PHCM9781 Evidence-Informed Decision-Making in Term 3 (6 UOC)

YEAR 2
Term 3 (6 UOC)*
One Elective (6 UOC)
Term 1 (6 UOC)*
PHCM9789 Bioterrorism and Health Intelligence (6 UOC)
Term 2 (6 UOC)*
One Elective (6 UOC)
 

*Plus One Elective during any term (6 UOC)

 

 

Please note:

  • The above part-time study plan is only to be used as a guide. Students can amend their study plan to suit their needs, for example study one course per term.
  • Students from non-English speaking countries who have not previously completed a degree in Australia or other English speaking country are also required to take the core course PHCM9100 Academic Practice in their first term.

 

Am I eligible?

The entry criteria is:

  • An undergraduate degree in a field relevant to public health or health management (see list below)* and two years full-time professional or volunteer experience.  This may also include equivalent professional experience acquired as part of a degree of 4 or more years duration (e.g. MBBS,  MD).

  OR

  • An undergraduate degree plus an honours or postgraduate degree in a field relevant to public health or health management.*

[*Examples include, but are not restricted to, medicine, nursing, allied health, health sciences, biomedical sciences, dentistry, social work, sociology, behavioural and social sciences, psychology, marketing, human services, emergency services, environmental health, veterinary science, health administration, business, management, engineering, law, science, mathematics and statistics, economics, policy studies and development studies.]