School of Population Health

Global Health Overview

New Master of Global Health degree

From 2021, the School of Population Health is offering a Master’s Degree in Global Health, with the program transitioning from the Master of International Public Health. The new degree name is a result of some introspection about the School's approach to global health teaching and research, and signals the School’s evolved approach. The reworked program is informed by a commitment to address health issues that transcend national boundaries and focus on reducing inequities, moving away from a more North-South, development focused approach to health.

Program description

The Global Health program equips graduates with the knowledge and skills in public health required to overcome a broad range of highly complex population health issues in local and global settings. Students will learn an interdisciplinary approach to global health education. With an underpinning in public health, the program examines disease control, comparative analysis of global health systems, health promotion, and health policy across a wide range of populations and countries. In addition, the program examines power and politics in global health, key global health debates and philosophy. It addresses issues around globalisation and health, decolonisation, health and human rights, the environment, urban expansion and population growth.

Our Global Health program trains global health leaders of tomorrow who are work-ready, robust and flexible to work across many settings and jurisdictions. Students will graduate with a firm understanding of global health issues, advanced disciplinary knowledge and technical capacities, as well as the passion to drive solutions in global health. Gain confidence in your skills and learn to lead and work with people from diverse backgrounds. Students will be taught by our experienced multidisciplinary team of research active academics who work across the Asia-Pacific and sub-Saharan African regions and beyond. 


Our graduates are making real, positive impact in health around the world through successful careers. The areas you’ll be qualified to work in are diverse and include: multilateral and bilateral agencies, international and local non-governmental organisations, government health ministries/departments, health education and advocacy, humanitarian organisations, civil society organisations, research, policy development.

Flexible options

The School provides a great deal of flexibility for students to tailor their study options according to their needs.The Global Health program can be undertaken either full-time or part-time. Courses are offered internally on campus with face-to-face teaching, or externally by distance mode using online teaching technologies. This allows the Global Health program to be completed from anywhere in the world. For some elective courses, there are optional workshops which are held at a residential school on campus one week before Term starts.

Students may enrol in a general Master of Global Health degree, a specialisation (in Infectious Disease Control), an extension degree (with a research component), a dual degree without a research componenet or a dual degree with a research component. Click on the Degrees tab to see which program is right for you.


The Masters’ program articulates with the Graduate Diploma and the Graduate Certificate. Credit for courses completed as part of the Graduate Diploma and the Graduate Certificate may be transferred to the Master’s program in accordance with the UNSW policy on credit transfer.


Student Perspective

"Prior to enrolling into the Master of International Public Health I volunteered as a nurse and manager of an orphanage in South Africa. My experience during this time motivated me to study further, to extend both my knowledge and skills in the health profession to reach those that are impoverished, vulnerable and suffering the greatest health inequalities. My degree has given me a greater understanding of how to empower and encourage people to have agency over their own health, which I believe is key for public health and health promotion. It is my hope that I will be able to use all that I have learnt to make a difference in the health of individuals living in developing countries."  

Master of International Public Health (MIPH), Rachel Karsten shares her experience doing a MIPH at UNSW and why she chose it - read more.