School of Population Health

At a glance


UNSW School of Population Health
Name was changed from School of Public Health and Community Medicine in 2020




The School of Public Health and Community Medicine was created in 2002 from the former School of Community Medicine, School of Health Services Management and Centre for Public Health.


Head of School:


Professor Rebecca Ivers


Current students:


1348 students from 58 different countries


Number of faculty:


72 with over 180 conjoints


Postgraduate Coursework Degrees:

  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Health Leadership & Management
  • Master of Global Health
  • Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence
  • Research extension degrees (includes research project)
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Graduate Diploma
  • Dual Degrees

Undergraduate Coursework Degree:

  • Bachelor of International Public Health

Research Degrees:


  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Professional Doctorate in Public Health: Future Health Leaders - Designed to be delivered in partnership with a suitable health workplace for senior health leaders from around Australia and the world
  • Master of Philosophy in Public Health
  • Master by Research

Flagship research areas:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Child and Adolescent Health
  • Health Systems and Services
  • Healthy Ageing
  • Immunisation and Infectious Diseases
  • Injury Prevention and Disaster Management
  • Primary Health Care

Centres and units within the School:


  • WHO Collaborating Centre on eHealth
  • Yunus Social Business Health Hub
  • International NCD Surveillance and Research Group

Research centres with links to the school:


  • Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity
  • The Kirby Institute
  • National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
  • The George Institute for Global Health
  • Centre for Big Data Research in Health



  • Largest public health program in NSW.
  • The postgraduate programs in Health Management at UNSW began more than 60 years ago. The UNSW Health Management program was the first and is now the largest health management program in Australia.
  • The School’s Health Management programs meet the core requirements for a Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and are accredited by the Australasian College of Health Services Management.
  • Master degree students are able to do a six-week workplace internship, providing the opportunity to gain real-world experience in a health organisation.