School of Population Health


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Study at the School of Population Health (SPH) in Sydney, Australia at UNSW. The School is a leading educator in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region through its postgraduate programs in Public Health, Global HealthHealth Leadership and Management and Infectious Diseases Intelligence. For undergraduate students, we offer the Bachelor of International Public Health. The School also offers excellent research degrees including a unique doctorate in Applied Public Health which incorporates workplace experience and a thesis in professional practice. Our School is strongly committed to excellence in learning, teaching and research to enhance public health and health services. We provide quality learning that is student-centred and relevant to real-world practice.

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Digital health and Universal Health Coverage: opportunities & policy considerations for Pacific Island health authorities

Adam Craig Digital Health

To progress towards universal health coverage, countries need to ensure their populations have access to quality health services. The appropriate use of digital health technologies can support this, while also reducing costs. Dr Adam Craig from the School of Population Health is leading a program of work on the use of digital health to support achievement of universal health coverage in the Pacific Islands. Watch the video policy brief



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New Director of Research appointed to lead program towards greater impact

Scientia Associate Professor Natalie Taylor, an internationally recognised behavioural and implementation scientist, has been appointed to the new role of Director of Research at UNSW School of Population Health. As Director of Research, A/Prof Taylor will develop and lead initiatives to enhance the School’s research strategies and collaborations so these can lead to greatest benefits for people and communities globally. “The research we do at the School aims to contribute to a safer society, bolster health systems, and support communities worldwide towards better health,” said A/Prof Taylor. 

Read more about Natalie here  



Collum Moses – Bachelor of International Public Health (BIPH)

“Before commencing a Bachelor of International Public Health (BIPH) online in 2019, I knew very little about the field. My core motivation was to promote health and to help prevent people from getting sick so they can lead happier lives.  

The BIPH has an excellent educational trajectory and takes students from foundational principles of public health all the way through to practical applications, including how to compile a resume and seek public health work. The BIPH is a holistic program which directly prepares you for a career in public health." 

While taking part in the Public Health Capstone course, Callum created a website to serve as an interactive tool for health planners in identifying the social and economic statuses represented in local government areas across New South Wales, facilitating equity-focused decision-making in the State.

"My study of the BIPH has inspired me to pursue involvement in the delivery of population health programs and policies. Multiple courses have made a compelling case for the strength of community-level programs in promoting health, such as through changes to the built environment and infrastructure. Using the principles and approaches I have learnt throughout the BIPH, I feel I will be prepared to take part in this highly rewarding work."

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OVID hit disadvantaged communities harderFirst, COVID hit disadvantaged communities harder. Now, long COVID delivers them a further blow
Disadvantaged communities not only suffer disproportionately from COVID, they are even more likely to be impacted by the cascading effects of long COVID. With a new federal government, now is the time to engage in transformative planning to address a range of societal issues, including the impact of the pandemic on the most disadvantaged Australians.  <Read more here>


M-L McLaws and Kerry ChantUNSW community recognised in 2022 Queen's Birthday Honours
Prof Mary-Louise McLaws and Dr Kerry Chant, from the School of Population Health, recognised for their contribution to public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, are among members of the UNSW community to become Officers of the Order of Australia. UNSW warmly congratulates everyone who has been honoured.  <Read more here>


David GreenfieldLeading expert in health leadership and management joins the School
The UNSW School of Population Health welcomes David Greenfield as Professor of Health Leadership and Management to lead the School’s research and teaching in the field, with a focus on growing industry partnerships. Prof Greenfield has an established track record, nationally and internationally, working with industry and generating evidence to improve organisational systems, health service delivery mechanisms and community outcomes.  <Read more here>


Emergency DepartmentThe vital role emergency departments play in frontline mental health care
An important health care setting for young people with mental health concerns is the emergency department (ED). Researchers at UNSW Sydney conducted one of the first comprehensive analyses of ED mental health re-presentations using state-wide registry data in Australia and their findings have been published in the British Medical Journal.  <Read more here


Driving into flood watersWhen roads become rivers: forming a Plan B can stop people driving into floodwaters
Driving into floodwater is the leading cause of flood-related death. Despite media campaigns people continue to enter the unpredictable water, risking their lives and the lives of their rescuers. Our research exploring reasons why people drive into and avoid driving into floodwater has provided comprehensive insights into this behaviour. Having a Plan B could be the difference between life and death in these situations.  <Read more here


Linhart Outer Islands Indo-PacificNew reports to inform the future of health in our region  
COVID-19 and other emergencies have highlighted the interdependence of health security and health systems; with an opportunity to build back better. Two new reports outline how we can build resilient health systems and reduce the risk of acute public health events like outbreaks in the Indo-Pacific.  <Read more here


Easing covid restrictions masksCOVID restrictions may be easing, but the pandemic isn't over yet
Many countries are winding back COVID-19 restrictions, but governments should be continuing to promote the importance of voluntary mask use and catching up outdoors. Public health experts at WHO have begun discussing what conditions would eventually signal the public health emergency declared on January 30, 2020 can be ended. However, they stress we are not there yet.  <Read more here


Elizabeth Wong Westpac ScholarElizabeth Wong named in 2022 Westpac Future Leaders Scholars
UNSW Master of Public Health candidate Elizabeth Wong has been named one of the recipients of the 2022 Westpac Future Leaders Scholars. Elizabeth Wong is a motivated junior doctor, with a vision for health equity for all Australians, especially those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and rural populations.   <Read more here


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