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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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


Blog climate emergencyBLOG: No one will win from an unwilling response to the climate emergency
In the face of an unprecedented climate emergency – one that has come with ample warning and a plethora of opportunities for consensus and action – the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released this week is a clear signal that we are at a crossroads – and the choice is ours, between a catastrophic future or acting now, ‘towards a fairer, more sustainable world’.  <Read more here


FloodsUnder-resourced and undermined: as floods hit south-west Sydney, our research shows councils aren't prepared
Local councils are the level of government closest to communities and help determine how well regions withstand disasters like floods. But are councils prepared for the more frequent and intense disasters that climate change brings? According to our new research on eight Western Sydney councils, the answer is no.  <Read more here


Rohina JoshiRohina Joshi recognised for bilateral impact and innovation
Rohina Joshi, Scientia A/Prof of Global Health at the School of Population Health, is a finalist in the 2022 India Australia Business Community Alliance (IABCA) Awards. A/Prof Joshi said: “India and Australia are both home for me, one is my birthplace, and the other is my adopted home – working across both the countries is a privilege. IABCA encourages diaspora like me to keep doing the work that we are passionate about – one that builds stronger ties across the two nations and positively impacts the lives of people across the globe.”   <Read more here


Devaccinate snake venomNo, you cannot 'devaccinate' yourself with snake venom kits, bleach or cupping
Claims you can “devaccinate” yourself have been circulating on social media, another example of extreme and dangerous misinformation. Methods said to remove COVID vaccines from the body include using snake venom extractors or a type of traditional therapy known as “wet cupping”. If you encounter claims like this online, you need to ask yourself four questions.  <Read more here


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