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.


What’s new in the School?

Are you ready to kick start the next stage of your career? Our new short healthcare leadership and management courses will help you develop skills to drive change in health and equity.

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.

New postgraduate course in Injury Prevention (PHCM9792) starts in Term 1, 2021 which takes a global view of injury-related harm and its prevention.

Introducing the Master of Global Health from 2021 which aims to address health issues that transcend national boundaries and focus on reducing inequities.



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Dr Siaw-Teng Liaw, Professor of General Practice at the School of Population Health, was appointed Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre on eHealth in 2018. The Centre has developed a 'Digital Health Profile & Maturity Assessment Toolkit' to equip countries with the 'know-how' to identify their strengths and weaknesses, and use this 'digital health maturity assessment' to systematically implement and sustain their national eHealth programs to enable them to promptly and flexibly address epidemics of both infectious and non-communicable diseases. This tool is currently being used with key actors in the Pacific Island countries and territories. Read more about Siaw-Teng Liaw here  



SPH’s research assistant and postgraduate student Kate Patten, on being part of NSW Health’s COVID response team

With a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Kate Patten has been working in public health research for the past 4 years. She is involved in various projects focusing on injury prevention and the social determinants of health. A research assistant at the School, Kate is pursuing a dual Master’s degree in Public Health/Health Management to increase her skills and knowledge in the evolving world of public health and health leadership. For the last 9 months, Kate has been working with NSW Health, supporting the state’s COVID response efforts.

"The collaboration, commitment and efforts I have witnessed over the past months has been nothing short of amazing. The NSW COVID-19 Response has been an all of Government approach - and I could not be any prouder to be playing a small part in it. It has truly been an absolute whirlwind of a year, but coming into work each and everyday at NSW MOH has been one of the most rewarding, and at times, challenging things I have done – and I’m so grateful for the opportunity and everything I have learnt this year." Read more about Kate here


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Achieving high COVID-19 vaccine uptakeIt's crucial we address COVID vaccine hesitancy among health workers. Here's where to start
Achieving high #COVID-19 vaccine uptake among health workers will not only protect these critical staff members, it will support high levels of uptake among the public. Read SPH’s A/Prof Holly Seale’s latest opinion piece on how we must address #COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among health workers.  <Read More Here>


Image elderly prisoners health screening gameNHMRC Ideas Grant Announcement
Dr Adrienne Withall will lead a NHMRC funded project to enhance screening capacity for health conditions in older prisoners (aged 50+ years). The grant, amounting to $844,050, will help researchers develop a tool that can overcome barriers to fill the information gap in health data of older prisoners. Dr Withall says, “We will use technological innovation to develop and validate a novel screening tool to facilitate the collection of important health, medical and cognitive data, thus bypassing the roadblock created by resource limitations in prisons.” <Read More Here>


Image child with bandageBurns prevention and treatment an urgent priority for Indigenous children
A nine-year analysis of Australian children hospitalised for burns has found Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were admitted three times as frequently as non-Indigenous children and spent five times longer in hospital. “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children represented just over ten percent of burns admissions - triple the incidence of other children.”  <Read More Here>


New postgraduate course in Injury Prevention debuts in Term 1, 2021
In term 1, 2021 a new postgraduate course will be available which takes a global view of injury-related harm and its prevention. Globally in 2017, injuries result in 4.48 million deaths and 520 million cases of non-fatal injury according to the Global Burden of Disease study. Injury burden in a population can be radically affected by war, civil conflict and natural disasters, highlighting the role of global issues such as geopolitical factors and climate change on injury risk. In Australia, injury accounts for 12,000 deaths (8% of all deaths) and 460,000 hospitalisations annually.   <Read More Here>


Image Global HealthIntroducing the Master of Global Health at School of Population Health
The new Master of Global Health degree will be informed by our commitment to address health issues that transcend national boundaries and focus on reducing inequities, moving away from a more North-South, development focused approach to health. To kick-start the program the School organised a webinar on 'Decolonising Global Health' to debate issues related to geo-political power structures, biases, and inequity in global health.  <Read More Here>


Image Catherine SmithWelcoming New Research Fellow
A warm welcome to Dr Catherine Smith who is joining the School as a Research Fellow on an ARC Discovery project. Catherine joins us from Macquarie University where she has held an ARC-DECRA examining the relationship between midwives, communities and the broader health system in Indonesia, with a special focus on understanding the interpersonal and socio-political processes that shape trust within cultures of medicine and health systems.  <Read more about Catherine Smith>


Image Chronic-disease-studyChronic diseases and public health failures fuelling COVID-19 pandemic: study
The latest findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) provide new insights on how well countries were prepared in terms of underlying health for the COVID-19 pandemic, and setting out the true scale of the challenge to protect against further pandemic threats.  <Read News Item>


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