School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence Program

Global burden and challenges of infectious diseases

Infectious diseases such as measles, malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS continue to contribute significantly to the global burden of disease and remain leading causes of death across the world. Emerging and re-emerging infections such as pandemic influenza, Ebola, dengue, chikungunya and MERS Corona Virus (CoV) pose an additional public health challenge and require coordinated and systematic disease control responses. Ecosystems, climate change, rapid urbanization, intensive agricultural and animal husbandry practices all act to alter the pathogen-host interaction and continually changing infectious diseases epidemiology. In addition, hospital based infections and antibiotic resistance are an increasing concern. A multi-disciplinary, public health approach is needed to understand the requirements for infectious diseases control at a population level. Infectious diseases intelligence refers to the understanding of epidemic patterns and the application of this knowledge to disease control. 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.

About the Infectious Diseases Intelligence Program

The Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence (MIDI) equips graduates with advanced skills in public health aspects of infectious diseases intelligence, response, prevention and mitigation. The School of Public Health and Community Medicine has world-renowned expertise in infectious diseases, and this expertise is showcased in the program. The MIDI 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. This program builds on principles of epidemiology and public health toward infectious diseases intelligence in the era of new and emerging infectious disease threats in a rapidly changing global landscape. The MIDI is suitable for candidates wanting more intensive and focused learning in infectious diseases, who do not require the general grounding in public health provided in the Master of Public Health core subjects. This program is available fully online, fully face-to-face, or in a combination of modes. If taken as a Plus Alliance Program, electives need to be chosen from Arizona State University.

Program objectives

The MIDI provides students with 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, surveillance, advanced epidemiologic concepts applied to infectious diseases control. The program is relevant for anyone working in government, non-government, community and health service settings in Australia and internationally. The MIDI will foster sophisticated understanding and application across a complex body of multidisciplinary knowledge including infectious diseases intelligence, outbreak investigation, immunisation and tropical disease control.

Students can tailor their program to suit their career needs, choosing from a large array of specialist courses in infectious diseases. Graduates are equipped with the specialised skills needed for professional practice in control of infectious diseases and emergencies across a range of contexts, to improve population health outcomes specific to infectious diseases.

Your choice from wide range of courses

In addition to the core courses, Current Challenges in Infectious Diseases, Immunisation Policy and Practice, Tropical Disease Control and Infectious Diseases Intelligence, students can choose from a wide selection of subjects including Outbreaks, HIV/AIDS: Australian and International Response, Bioterrorism and Health Intelligence and the WHO Communicable Diseases in Humanitarian Emergencies course. Specific infectious diseases subjects can be supplemented with methodological courses such as Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

The global classroom comes to you, fully online or face-to-face

The program is designed to be delivered either face-to-face, fully online or a combination of modes to suit your needs. Fully online mode gives students access to course resources and learning activities via our state-of-the-art online learning management system, meaning you can participate no matter where you are, or what your schedule. We provide multimedia recordings of lectures, interactive learning modules, video clips of real world scenarios and case studies from the field to create media-rich, engaging learning environments. We facilitate collaborative learning opportunities through the use of wikis, blogs, and group discussion facilities and our webinar applications allow students to connect with peers and course convenors in real-time via audio/video link ups. The fully online mode may suit busy clinicians anywhere in the world who wish to study while working. For those who wish to complete the majority of their study online and also experience Sydney for a short period of time, the option of doing our Summer School courses will meet this need.

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.

About infectious disease in SPHCM

Infectious diseases is a major research strength of SPHCM, with a large group of academics who are leaders in this field. Research areas include vaccines, vaccine preventable diseases, infectious diseases epidemiology and modelling, field epidemiology, health economics of vaccines, face masks, biosecurity, and hospital infection control. SPHCM boasts a NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Immunisation, and is also a member of the World Health Organization’s Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN). SPHCM is also a co-founder of ARM, the Australian infectious diseases emergency field response network.

Which infectious diseases intelligence degree is right for me?

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 Health Management / Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence - 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.

         

Master of Public Health / Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence - 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.

         

Master of International Public Health / Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence - 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.

         
Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases Intelligence (GradDipIDI) - 5362   6 courses (36 Units of Credit)
1 year 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.

 

Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence (MIDI) - 8362

The MIDI consists of the following components, for a total of 8 courses comprising 48 units of credit (UOC):

  • Core courses - 5 courses (36 UOC)
  • Elective courses - 3 courses (12 UOC)

International Students please note that 2 of the compulsory courses (PHCM9789 and PHCM9788) for this degree are offered over the Summer semester. You can complete these courses  either face to face or by distance but please note that International students are only permitted to complete 25% of their degree by distance. Please refer to the UNSW Student Visa website for further information.


 

Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases Intelligence (GradDipIDI) - 5362

The GradDipIDI consists of the following components, for a total of 6 courses comprising 36 units of credit (UOC):

  • Core courses - 4 courses (24 UOC)
  • Elective courses - 2 courses (12 UOC)

 

Graduate Certificate in Infectious Diseases Intelligence (GradCertIDI) - 7362

The GradCertIDI consists of the following components, for a total of 4 courses comprising 24 units of credit  (UOC):
  • Core course - 2 courses (12 UOC)
  • Elective courses - 2 courses (12 UOC)

 

Dual Degrees (18 months duration)

For the following dual degree students must complete 72 Units of Credit (UOC) comprising 9 core courses (54 UOC) and 3 elective courses (18 UOC):

For the following dual degrees students must complete 72 Units of Credit (UOC) comprising 7 core courses (42 UOC) and 5 elective courses (30 UOC):


 

Please note:
International students who have not previously completed a degree in Australia and are enrolled in the full time program in Sydney (Kensington campus) are required to take the following additional course in their first semester:

  • PHCM9100 Academic Practice (0 UOC)

This course is available for all students to assist them with academic literacy practice and includes critical reading, thinking and writing, oral communication and managing postgraduate study. The course is made available at no charge to students and does not contribute to the program requirements of the degree. Local students who are returning to study after a long absence are also welcome to enrol in the course

 

FULL-TIME MIDI RECOMMENDED STUDY PLAN
One Year Completion
Semester 1 (18 UOC)
PHCM9782 Current Challenges in Infectious Diseases (6 UOC)
PHCM9498 Epidemiology and Statistics for Public Health (6 UOC)
One Elective (6 UOC)
Semester 2 (18 UOC)
PHCM9050 Immunisation Policy & Practice (6 UOC)
One Elective (6 UOC)
One Elective (6 UOC)
Summer Term (18 UOC)
PHCM9788 Infectious Diseases Intelligence (6 UOC)
PHCM9789 Bioterrorism and Health Intelligence

 

PART-TIME MIDI RECOMMENDED STUDY PLAN
1st Year
Semester 1 (12 UOC)
PHCM9782 Current Challenges in Infectious Diseases (6 UOC)
PHCM9498 Epidemiology and Statistics for Public Health (6 UOC)
Semester 2 (6 UOC)
PHCM9050 Immunisation Policy & Practice (6 UOC)
Summer Term (12 UOC)
PHCM9788 Infectious Diseases Intelligence (6 UOC)
PHCM9789 Bioterrorism and Health Intelligence (6 UOC)
2nd Year
Semester 1 (12 UOC)
One IDI Elective (6 UOC)
One IDI Elective (6 UOC)
Semester 2 (6 UOC)
One Elective (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 semester..
  • 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 semester.

 

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to have either:

  • 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, social work, 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.]

If you have any further enquiries please contact the SPHCM Student Services team postgrad-sphcm@unsw.edu.au