School of Population Health

What we offer

Personalised, flexible delivery

The School of Population Health (SPH) has substantial expertise in flexible modes of study and is a leader in online learning. All of our programs are available in distance mode (fully online), face-to-face (on campus) or in a combination of modes. We use interactive technologies including online discussion forums and webinars, and are continually exploring innovative new technologies to offer engaging and creative learning opportunities. Our instructional designers and educational design experts work with academics to ensure that our online students have an equivalent learning experience to face-to-face students.

Work-ready graduates

At the SPH, our teaching and training is designed to be applied, practical and relevant to the workforce. To enhance these links, we offer a range of domestic and international internship placements in Australia, Asia and the Pacific. We also offer the elite UNSW Future Health Leaders Program, a workplace-based program that leads to a professional doctorate. We are the first choice of employers who want work-ready graduates.

Career choices in public health

We offer master's degrees in public health, global health, health leadership and management and infectious diseases, as well as dual degrees and research extension options. We are unique in offering degree specialisations within our master’s degrees, dual degrees, and extension programs that set graduates up with specialised careers, providing a competitive advantage in the public health field. Each of these  specialisation options are underpinned by areas of research strength in the School and are taught by leading research experts in the field.

We offer a Master of Global Health, now one of our most sought-after programs as well as a Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence program for those interested in developing advanced skills in infectious diseases epidemiology and outbreak analysis. In 2018, we introduced the Bachelor of International Public Health (BIPH), a new undergraduate program offered in partnership with Arizona State University as part of the PLuS Alliance.

Our programs are widely recognised as essential for a career in population health, including health promotion, policy formulation, research or health management.  They provide professional training for graduates to work in health departments, with NGOs, and with international and bi-lateral aid agencies. Many of our graduates occupy key positions in health services, research institutions and universities in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and across the globe.

Health leadership and management

We also offer the oldest and one of the most respected Health Leadership and Management programs in Australia. It has been responsible for producing many health leaders and managers across Australia and the world. SPH academics are experts in consumer engagement, teamwork, innovative approaches to practice development, workplace learning and development, human resource management, health economics and the quality and safety of care. Our alumni hold senior leadership positions nationally and internationally.


Research is a fundamental part of the work that we do in the School, addressing a number of key local, national and global population health issues. The School has a thriving research culture and is a pipeline for research development for everyone from research students to postdoctoral researchers and senior research leaders, making it one of the leading research schools in Australia. Our flagship areas in research are in global health, primary health care, infectious diseases epidemiology, social research and health systems leadership and management.

We collaborate with respected research centres and institutes, such as the Kirby Institute, The George Institute for Global Health, the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, the Centre for Big Data Research in Health, and the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity.

Our team of social scientists, qualitative researchers, clinical researchers, epidemiologists and mathematical modellers are well-versed in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. We have a strong track record in attracting research funding from the NHMRC, Australian Research Council and other agencies.

A community of practice

We believe advocacy, engagement and impact matter and that our School should be deeply connected and relevant to our local and global communities. At SPH we get involved when it matters. Staff and students have been involved in advocating for asylum seekers, climate change and environmental health, and in many other areas of importance.

Equity and diversity

SPH is fully committed to equity and diversity. We recognise and welcome the diverse ethnic, religious and sexual identities of our staff and students. Our Medicine Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee was one of the first of its kind at UNSW, and works hard to provide a supportive and equitable environment for all staff and students. We value all staff and students and do not accept discrimination on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or any other aspect of human diversity. We are committed to ensuring all staff and students feel safe, accepted and welcome at SPH.

Our commitment to equity and diversity extends to our research, where we have a strong focus on combating health inequities in underserved communities, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities. We recognise the importance of listening to and collaborating with leaders, researchers, and members from these communities.