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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PHCM 9792 - Everything you need to know about injury (and more)

In term 1, 2022 the School of Population Health will again offer ‘Injury Epidemiology, Prevention and Control’ (PHCM9792) as a 6UOC elective in the Master of Public Health and the Master of Global Health. Co-convened by Head of the School Professor Rebecca Ivers and National Health and Medical Research Council fellow Dr Amy Peden, the course will be offered in external mode and takes a global view of injury-related harm and its prevention. More information on the course can be found here.


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In profile with Tony Butler: As a society we could and should do better by our citizens

Professor Tony Butler leads the Justice Health Research Program (JHRP) at UNSW School of Population Health. The team of researchers are working on a range of projects involving adult and juvenile prisoners, and community-based offenders. Here Professor Butler shares what the program is focused on, what motivates his work, why he joined the School and more.  

"Adult and juvenile prisoners, and community-based offenders endure some of the worst health outcomes in society and this has implications for the health of the wider community. UNSW School of Population Health provides a good fit for the Justice Health Research team’s work given the need for a strong prevention focus, and with incarceration now accepted as a public health issue,” said Tony Butler. 

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Dr Janice Tan – Master of Public Health

Dr Janice Tan started working towards a Master of Public Health (part-time) at UNSW School of Population Health in 2018 and finished with a Distinction in 2021. Janice is currently in a consulting role for a digital health company and hopes to utilize her knowledge to invoke change by taking part in advisory roles for Central Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network.

“I believe that we are now entering the age of digital health and I would like to be part of the revolution to ensure that equitable change is brought upon our population,” said Dr Janice Tan. “My study at the School of Population Health has equipped me with knowledge in both health systems and epidemiology and has provided me with a core understanding of digital health which will help me in my future endeavours.”  

The School of Population Health championed distance learning long before the COVID-19 pandemic. This meant that teaching was minimally affected last year. Also, the lecturers here have real life experience working in public health. In the Digital Health course, we had conveners from WHO’s Collaborating Centre. In the Infectious Diseases course, our conveners were actively providing advice to the government during the pandemic.

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Child swimmingWhen is the right time for children to learn to swim?
Each year in Australia, an average of 23 children under five die from unintentional drowning, usually due to factors such as a lack of adult supervision, unrestricted access to water and not having the skills to stay safe in water.Teaching children to swim is crucial to prevent drowning; it’s also good for fun and fitness, and sets kids up for a lifetime of water enjoyment. But when is the best age to enrol children in swimming?  <Read more here>


Stephen LordFall prevention: innovation and translation
Scientia Professor Stephen Lord is internationally renowned for his research into gait, balance and falls. He aims to prevent falls and the injuries that come with them. “Falls can be prevented in older people and clinical groups with balance impairments by interventions that address their identified impairments,” he said.  <Read more here>


Image domestic violenceIncrease in domestic violence over the Christmas period
It's a concerning headline we see repeat itself almost every year leading into the Christmas and new year period - 'Domestic violence predicted to surge over the holiday period'. But why do these spikes occur this time of year and will it be even more pervasive this Christmas because of the stress individuals and families have faced over the last two years due to the pandemic?  <Read more here>


Image - Xiao FengCould a walk in the park be just what the doctor ordered?
‘Nature prescriptions’, such as a nature-based walking and community gardening recommended by a health professional, are among the strategies that could help mitigate the adverse health impacts of the climate crisis, but more targeted research is needed to guide action, says an editorial published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.   <Read more here>


Image - Nellie PollardNew Associate Lecturer, Nellie Pollard-Wharton, passionate about co-design to improve health
The School welcomes Nellie Pollard-Wharton, whose research is focused on co-design within Aboriginal health, is passionate about community- driven and -led initiatives to address specific challenges and contribute to the overall health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families, and communities.   <Read more here>


Selfies - Is life worth likesSelfies: Is your life worth a few 'likes'?
One minute the young man was standing on the edge of a cliff, taking a selfie. The next minute, tragedy struck. "People are often striving for the best image and visit picturesque but potentially isolated and risky locations to achieve the perfect shot," said Dr Amy Peden.  <Read more here>


Image - blood pressure measuredExperts call for urgent action to improve control rates of high blood pressure
Leading experts on hypertension have issued a call to action to improve uncontrolled blood pressure in Australia. Their call to action – which recommends a three-step plan to tackle the problem, including establishing a national taskforce – is published in the Medical Journal of Australia.  <Read more here>


Image Gaawaadhi GadudhaNew research looks to cultural ties to improve health and wellbeing
Kinship, Country, Law/Lore, and Dreaming are fundamental concepts for Aboriginal cultures and people which play an essential role in nurturing resilience.  Aboriginal cultural resilience is an important but not well understood factor that impacts health outcomes, and is the focus of the new project, Gaawaadhi Gadudha.   <Read more here>


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