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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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Read the 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  



School alumnus leads gap analysis of birth and death records to address inequities

A first-of-its kind report maps out the road to universal registration of births and deaths in Pakistan to ensure national policies and programs are inclusive. 

Dr Jasim Anwar, alumnus and visiting fellow of UNSW School of Population Health, is the lead author of a new report addressing this information gap in Pakistan.  

According to Dr Anwar, Pakistan, like many other countries in the region, has an incomplete and fragmented system for registration of births and deaths and is lacking in reporting complete and accurate data on causes of deaths. "The findings of the report provide a strong foundation for the Government of Pakistan to link the data of marginalised populations with Pakistan's civil registration system, at national and provincial levels," Dr Anwar said. 

Read more about Dr Jasmin Anwar and the report here


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Katrina Blazek & Ben Harris-RoxasNew appointments to grow School expertise and excellence in health data and health systems
We are pleased to welcome to the UNSW School of Population Health Katrina Blazek as Lecturer in Health Data Science, and Ben Harris-Roxas as Senior Lecturer in Integrated Care who start their roles with the School in July this year.  <Read more here>


Loneliness green spacesPeople's odds of loneliness could fall by up to half if cities hit 30% green space targets
One in four Australians feel lonely on three or more days a week. Our longitudinal study finds adults in neighbourhoods where at least 30 per cent of nearby land was parks, reserves and woodlands had 26 per cent lower odds of becoming lonely compared to their peers in areas with less than 10 per cent green space. For people living on their own, the associations were even greater.  <Read more here>


Covid vaccineMandatory COVID vaccines for aged- and health-care workers could increase uptake, but we need to exhaust other options first
In an attempt to increase coverage, from Wednesday the Victorian government will allow aged-care and disability-care workers to jump the queue in state-run mass vaccination clinics. If new incentives don't work, mandatory policies may be the only way forward in ensuring high COVID vaccine coverage of staff.  <Read more here>


Building quarantine facilitiesQuarantine quandary: the case for building dedicated facilities
Australian governments need to bite the bullet and construct purpose-built COVID-19 quarantine facilities in each state regardless of the nation’s progress with vaccinations, a leading epidemiologist at the School argues. And a UNSW expert in built environment says the buildings could be constructed relatively quickly and cheaply as modular structures using prefabricated components.  <Read more here>


Xiao FengImpact driven: changing the environment to save lives 
With a focus on promoting more liveable, healthier and equitable communities, leading epidemiologist Xiaoqi Feng is Associate Professor in Urban Health and Environment at UNSW School of Population Health, co-chair of the School’s Non-Communicable Diseases Research Stream, and Cultural Diversity Champion for UNSW Faculty of Medicine and Health.  <Read more here>


Image Holly SealeCOVID Files: Vaccination hesitancy
Associate Professor Holly Seale, who is an infectious disease social scientist at the School of Population Health at UNSW Sydney discusses what we can do to overcome vaccination hesitancy.  <Watch video here


Image - drivers crash riskMen at higher risk of car crash, women of hospitalisation from crash-related injury 
New research shows men, regardless of age, are up to two times more likely to crash, and yet women are more likely to be hospitalised because of an injury sustained in a crash. Men also reported engaging in more risky driving behaviours, such as speeding, compared to women who are generally known to speed less.  <Read more here


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


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