School of Population Health

Health Workforce Programs

Health Workforce diagram

The UNSW School of Population Health Workforce Programs are an exciting addition to the education and learning profile of the School. The programs bring together existing elements in curriculum, with a range of offerings aimed at developing health professionals, staff, managers, policy makers and researchers at every stage and level of their career and across all types of health systems and services.

The demands on healthcare workers both in Australia and internationally continue to change as the health, disease and demographic profiles of communities change. Health systems and services are constantly facing new challenges and responding to crises, emergencies, disasters and new and emerging communicable diseases. At the same time they are dealing with the ongoing pressures of delivering effective, efficient, equitable and, most of all, safe healthcare, in a number of different countries, within a resource constrained environment, with a shrinking and ageing workforce.

The UNSW Health Workforce Programs help practitioners and managers to identify and address the current concerns of healthcare services, wherever they are located. The programs are conducted by staff and conjoints of UNSW Medicine and invited guest lecturers, all of whom have extensive experience in health services delivery, public health and management.

Practitioner up-skilling

Our Graduate Certificate (Grad Cert) and Graduate Diploma (Grad Dip) (both available in the Health Leadership and Management, Public Health, Global Health and Infectious Diseases programs) offer an entry point for individuals who are interested in developing their skills around specific issues or topics, including those who only have a short period of time in which to develop these skills, or for those who are just returning to study. The Grad Cert and Grad Dip courses are intended for individuals wishing to undertake formal study, with the associated assessments and recognised qualifications. The Grad Dip and Cert in Infectious Diseases Intelligence will suit busy clinicians and other health professionals who wish to learn the public health principles of communicable disease control, and can be taken fully online, face-to-face or by a combination of the two. Students can commence their studies in Term 1 (February), Term 2 (May/June) or Term 3 (September) each year.

Early to mid-career professionals

For early to mid-career professionals seeking a career-defining qualification, the Health Workforce Program offers a range of master's degrees. These degrees are at the core of our curriculum and are locally and internationally renowned for their relevance to work practice and their strong emphasis on adult education approaches to learning. The programs include the Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Global Health (MGH), Master of Health Leadership and Management (MHLM) and Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence (MIDI) as well as one of the School’s most popular offerings – the dual degrees.

Students can enrol face-to-face or by distance mode, which is available fully online. It is important to note that students who have successfully completed courses as part of the Grad Cert and Grad Dip (if they have completed and passed all required assignments) can have up to four courses credited towards their master's degree program. We also offer internships within our master's through coursework programs.

Future health leaders

At UNSW we are committed to developing and supporting the health leaders of future, that is professionals who are able to lead health systems in complex, resource constrained and often turbulent times. Our UNSW Future Health Leaders program is for employers who wish to extend and train their leaders to the next level through a Professional Doctorate while they work full-time. We have extensive experience, expertise and innovative methods in work-based training, and a tried and tested model that can be applied to many different work places. We can negotiate with employers to train cohorts or individuals, but the program must be initiated by employee-employer pairs and supported by the employer.

Senior health executives

We offer specialised executive education in advanced health management and leadership tailored to meet the needs of senior health service executives. The executive education program is our way of extending the benefit of our international reputation and expertise in health management to senior managers and leaders who are dealing with the ‘wicked problems’ that beleaguer health care services today, but who do not wish to undertake our longer courses or programs, or who want programs tailored specifically for their workplace. The executive education program reflects the School’s commitment to innovative approaches to workplace learning and development, and is grounded in our research in translational research, transdisciplinary practice and implementation science. Intended to challenge current practice and create enhanced, high-level leadership skills, executive education courses can either be taken as standalone sessions or can be modified or co-designed with our industry partners and targeted to their specific needs.