School of Population Health

Infectious Diseases Intelligence Program Overview

About the Infectious Diseases Intelligence Program at UNSW

Infectious diseases such as measles, malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS remain one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Diseases of this nature continue to contribute significantly to the global burden of disease and cost to society. Emerging and re-emerging infections such as pandemic influenza, Ebola, dengue, and chikungunya, pose additional public health challenges and require coordinated and systematic disease control responses. At the same time, hospital- based infections and antibiotic resistance are an increasing concern for medical professionals globally.

Studying the Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence (MIDI) is essential for a succesful career in health emergencies, outbreaks, infectious diseases risk assessment and emergency response related to infectious diseases and other threats.

The degree will equip you with an understanding of epidemic patterns and how to apply this knowledge to develop disease control strategies on a national and global scale. You will be prepared to work in infectious disease prevention in a diverse range of settings, from health emergencies, disease outbreaks, infectious diseases risk assessment and emergency responses related to infectious diseases and other threats.

The Master’s degree is designed and delivered by the UNSW Medicine School of Population Health and is taught by world-renowned experts in infectious diseases.

Why study a Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence Program?

  • You’ll have an advantage pursuing a career in public health control of infectious diseases, health emergencies, outbreaks, infectious diseases risk assessment, vaccination, and other infectious diseases control programs.
  • Receive internship opportunities with government, national or international health organisations as part of your degree.
  • Gain advanced disciplinary knowledge and skills in infectious diseases prevention and control in a range of settings including in communities, risk groups, emergencies, as well as risk assessment and surveillance.
  • This program is available fully online, face-to-face, or in a combination of modes providing greater flexibility.
  • This program can be taken as a Plus Alliance program, with electives available from Arizona State University.

Mode of delivery

The School provides a great deal of flexibility for students to tailor their study options according to their needs. The Infectious Diseases Intelligence 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 Infectious Diseases Intelligence 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 each Term starts.

When is the program delivered?

The program is delivered over three terms:

Term 1 - February to May
Term 2 - June to August
Term 3 - September to November


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 as long as these degrees have not been conferred in accordance with the UNSW policy on credit transfer. Further information about articulation can be found on the School's Articulation and Transfers website.

Dr Abrar Chughati, Director of MIDI talks about the MIDI program

"Our Masters of Infectious Diseases Intelligence equips graduates with advanced skills in the many, and complex public health aspects of infectious diseases surveillance and intelligence, outbreak response, and infection prevention and mitigation."

Abrar talks about the importance of a public health approach to emerging infections and global health security, and how our Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence equips graduates to tackle pandemics like COVID-19 here.