School of Population Health

BIPH Academic Highlights


Holly Seale


Dr Holly Seale

Social scientist, Dr Holly Seale is Director of the Bachelor of International Public Health (BIPH) at the School of Population Health, and co-convenes a Masters course in infectious disease and the School's internship program. Holly has over 12 years of experience in infectious disease, public health and health service research focusing on the attitudes and behaviours of the community, health consumers and healthcare providers. In response to COVID-19, Holly provides ongoing media commentary and has had several papers published. She has also prepared a rapid review of the factors impacting on engagement with community mitigation strategies, is looking at the immunisation acceptance of novel vaccines, and has led a group of researchers on a community study to identify perceptions of risk and acceptance of strategies, in collaboration with her Masters and PhD students, and colleagues from the NSW Ministry of Health. 

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Dr Adam Craig

Dr Craig is the Deputy Director of the Bachelor of International Public Health (BIPH) program, a Lecturer in Global Health, and a researcher focusing on novel disease outbreak early warning surveillance systems in Pacific Island nations. Joining the School of Population Health in 2017 after 16 years of field epidemiology experience, he has worked with international agencies including UNICEF, World Health Organization, World Bank, and others. In tackling COVID-19, Adam has been seconded to NSW Health and is a team leader in the Operations part of the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre. Adam talks about what this role entails, his current research, and the practical skills students can take from the School’s public health and infectious disease programs, especially in response to COVID-19.

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Dr Abrar Chughtai

Dr Abrar Chughtai is the director of the Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence program in the School of Population Health. Abrar is a medically trained infectious diseases epidemiologist with extensive experience in developing public health programs and infectious diseases research. His research interests include epidemiology and control of emerging infections, focusing on the use of face masks and other personal protective equipment in healthcare settings. He teaches undergraduate and postgraduate infectious diseases courses at the School.  Abrar is an emerging leader on personal protective equipment research, and is currently contributing his expertise to inform policy on the use of protective equipment for the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Adam Howie

Adam Howie is a Bardi man from the Kimberly’s in Western Australia. He spent the first part of his working life in the Navy on surface ships and then submarines. Upon leaving the Navy Adam stated on his journey within health. He has extensive experience working within Emergency Services in Western Australia and New South Wales as a Paramedic and Intensive Care Paramedic. He has performed this role in remote, rural and metropolitan locations. Adam has spent the past 2 ½ years working within Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network in NSW as a Population Health Trainee. Adam is passionate about custodial health and patient advocacy, and currently doing a MPH. He is looking forward to being a part of research into aged care, Aboriginal health and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse health population provision within the custodial and forensic settings.


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Dr Kristen Beek

Kristen Beek is a social scientist and public health researcher from the School of Population Health at UNSW. She has a background in applied anthropology, humanitarian health research and capacity development, and public health research in Australia and internationally. Her areas of particular research interest are in sexual, reproductive, maternal and child health in humanitarian settings and she has researched and worked with United Nations agencies, international and local non-governmental organisations, and academic institutions in this field in the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Pacific. Kristen has developed training packages on responding to sexual and reproductive health needs in complex humanitarian settings, and is currently involved in research on frontline workers’ experiences in responding to domestic and family violence during the Covid-19 pandemic in Australia, and the impact of training and capacity development work on the provision of sexual and reproductive health information and services in disaster contexts in the Pacific.