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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What’s new in the School?

- Opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers at UNSW via the Scientia Program.

- Associate Professor - Implementation Science and Health Systems.

- Research Project Officer - School of Population Health.

Baby boomers sought for the FAITH healthy ageing microbiome trial by UNSW researchers.

Read the new School of Population Health Strategy 2020-2025  – our roadmap to achieving a positive impact on people’s lives, health systems, policy and practice through research, teaching and engagement.

New name for School puts population health in focus and reflects our broader approach to population and global health.


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At the end of the first term teaching the new Injury Epidemiology, Prevention and Control course at the UNSW School of Population Health, course convenor Dr Amy Peden reflects on how the course has gone, the opportunities it provides students, what motivated her to pursue her teaching and research career in injury prevention, and the impact she hopes to have on the health and wellbeing of people in Australia and around the world.

“I am particularly passionate about drowning prevention and the unique injury risk posed by alcohol and geographical remoteness. When I moved into academia, I knew I wanted to work on reducing injury-related harms for people living in the country and my research is focused on the intersecting issues of geographical remoteness and alcohol, two issues which dramatically increase drowning risk (and injury risk) in regional and remote communities.” says Amy.

Read more about Amy Peden here  


Image Tewodros HailemariamSTUDENT PERSPECTIVES

Research student Dr Tewodros Hailemariam completes PhD

Congratulations to Tewodros Hailemariam on completing his PhD. As part of his research, Teddy explored the likelihood of couples in Sub Saharan Africa participating in existent HIV testing services in the region.

He was motivated to join the UNSW PhD program because of the school’s leading global reputation, its high-profile supervisors, and its scholarship opportunities. 

"COVID-19 has changed how we live and plan our tomorrow, but I am very keen to take on these new challenges and approach my research career with an open mind. Next, I would like to pursue a postdoctoral path or work in the public health research industry."

Read more about Tewodros here


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Image herd immunity covid misinformationWe need herd immunity against COVID-19 vaccine misinformation
A new study published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE revealed over 103 million people globally liked, shared, retweeted or reacted with an emoji to misinformation and conspiracy theories about COVID-19 vaccines. A/Prof Holly Seale said the misinformation being shared by family members, friends and other people in the wider community network was concerning: "From previous studies, we've been able to link this misinformation with negative outcomes, including death."   <Read More Here


Privilege Poverty TalkPrivilege | Poverty, equity and the drivers of health: In conversation
Decolonising global health means a dismantling of privilege and the structural barriers to health, both across countries and within. In a world where everyone’s health matters, whose knowledge do we value? Whose voice is loudest and how do we shift the dial?   <Read more here


Image - Climate Action Open LetterClimate action, a great public health opportunity
The School is proud to sign the health sector's open letter to the Prime Minister to cut emissions and save lives. “A national strategy on climate, health and wellbeing for Australia is urgently needed to protect the public from the dangers of climate change, to identify and address critical knowledge gaps, and to help us reimagine and adapt our health system for provision of high-quality care with net-zero emissions."  <Read More Here


We support Uluru StatementSupport Uluru Statement from the Heart and First Nations Voice to Parliament
The School supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the importance of a First Nations Voice to Parliament protected by the Constitution. Every day that a First Nations Voice is not enshrined in law is another day reinforcing the systemic-racism, discrimination and legacy of colonisation that pervades the very fabric of Australian society.  <Read More Here


Image Woman fallenNew WHO report to bolster global action to prevent shocking rates of falls
Falls are a growing and under-recognised public health issue globally. A team from the School of Population Health and the George Institute for Global Health was commissioned to produce an evidence synthesis on fall prevention across the life course. This formed the background to the WHO release Step Safely: Strategies for preventing and managing falls across the life course.  <Read More Here>


Image - Covid Vaccination HubsAustralia urgently needs mass COVID vaccination hubs. But we need more vaccines first
We need to stop relying on small GP and respiratory clinics and urgently move towards using mass vaccination hubs. However, we don’t yet have enough of the AstraZeneca vaccine to service large vaccination hubs.   <Read More Here>


Image - Covid injectionsPictures of COVID injections can scare the pants off people with needle phobias. Use these instead
Communicating public health strategies like vaccination can be challenging. There can be complex and unfamiliar technical terms and health concepts, and not everyone can understand them. So pictures play an essential role. But evidence shows the wrong images can make some people reluctant to get vaccinated.  <Read More Here>


Tonga Report unplanned pregnancies motherhoodAdolescent Unplanned Pregnancy in the Pacific – Tonga
The complex and life-changing experience of adolescent unplanned pregnancy and motherhood in Tonga is addressed in a new research report. “The launching of these new research results is essential for us young women and adolescents, as it provides a platform of information that informs us girls about the changes in our body and the role one acquires in motherhood” says Ana Malia.   <Read More Here>


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