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?

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.

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. Coming into work each and everyday at NSW MOH has been one of the most rewarding, and at times, challenging things I have done" Read more about Kate here


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Image - covid-19 person in maskImproving COVID-19 vaccine rollout engagement with diverse communities
Australia launched its COVID-19 vaccination campaign last week, beginning with frontline workers in hotel quarantine, health care and aged care. But one critical question is whether the immunisation program will meet the needs of people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) backgrounds. A UNSW Sydney research team, led by A/Prof Holly Seale, has made recommendations about how to better engage with CaLD communities for the vaccine rollout. The researchers examined the challenges faced in communicating and engaging with people from CaLD communities, as well as strategies that are needed to enhance the rollout of the vaccine program.  <Read More Here>


Adam CraigDr Adam Craig awarded a 2021 Australia-France Social Science Collaborative Research Fellowship
"We are exploring whether a ‘citizen science’ model of mosquito surveillance in the Solomon Islands can help tackle Aedes mosquito outbreaks,” says Adam. “The study will recruit, train and equip citizens to trap, identify and report mosquito catch data to a central authority.”  <Read More Here>


Image - police reports domestic violenceWe analysed almost 500,000 police reports of domestic violence. Mental health was an issue
Rare access to almost half a million police reports of domestic violence has revealed a hidden picture of mental health issues in perpetrators and victims. This is academics’ first attempt in the world to use computers to mine the text of so many police reports. These would otherwise have taken humans years to read and analyse.  <Read More Here>


Image - Oxford and Pfizer vaccine comparisonsThe Oxford vaccine has unique advantages, as does Pfizer’s. Using both is Australia’s best strategy
How do these two vaccines compare, how will they be used in Australia, and what can we learn from other vaccines? Comparing the two Both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines induce immunity but in different ways. They both deliver the instructions for how to make a target on the virus for our immune system to recognise the spike protein.  <Read More Here>


Image - Australia’s vaccine rollout will now start next monthAustralia’s vaccine rollout will now start next month. Here’s what we’ll need
Australia’s COVID vaccine rollout will now begin in mid- to late February. Vaccination will commence with workers dealing with international arrivals or quarantine facilities, frontline health workers and those living in aged care or with a disability. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government “optimistically” aims to vaccinate 80,000 Australians a week, and four million by the end of March.   <Read More Here>


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>


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