School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Infectious Diseases Intelligence Program Overview

About the Infectious Diseases Intelligence Program at UNSW

The UNSW 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, 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.

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.

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, Infectious Disease Challenges: Epidemiology and Control, 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.

Infectious Diseases Intelligence Degree Options



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.