School of Population Health


The SPH has multidisciplinary expertise in infectious diseases epidemiology, data linkage, mathematical modelling, health economic evaluation and social research. As an outcome of this expertise, we offer a range of options which focus on infectious diseases case studies and current challenges. In all of our courses, our academics integrate their research to enrich the learning experience.

Infectious Disease teaching is represented through courses and specialisations in:

For students interested in the public health aspects of infectious diseases intelligence, response, prevention and mitigation we offer:

At a program level, the Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence (MIDI) equips graduates with advanced skills in public health aspects of infectious diseases intelligence, response, prevention and mitigation. The program is relevant for anyone working in government, non-government, community and health service settings in Australia and internationally. Students can combine this master’s program with either the Master of Public Health, Master of International Public Health or Master of Health Management (dual degree option).

Students can also opt to either undertake the Master of Public Health or Master of International Public Health with an Infectious Diseases Control stream. This provides students with strong training in the principles of communicable diseases epidemiology, prevention and control. There is a strong focus on problem-based learning in the stream as we believe this improves students understanding of the material.

At a course level, we have a range of options with an infectious disease content focus including:

  • Infectious Disease Challenges
  • Epidemiology and Control
  • Immunisation Policy and Practice
  • Bioterrorism and Health Intelligence
  • Tropical Disease Control
  • Infectious Diseases Intelligence

Students can also undertake a small-scale research project focused on infectious disease or complete an internship placement.  Opportunities for research students exist in these areas:

  • Observational epidemiology and data linkage
  • Healthcare-associated infection epidemiology, prevention and control
  • Immunisation
  • Infectious disease and health economic modelling
  • Biosecurity
  • Social and behavioural
  • Traveller health
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Migrant and refugee health
  • Frail elderly
  • International HIV group
  • Clinical research

As our school is a member of the WHO Global Outbreak Alert Network and a founding member of the ARM network, there is also opportunity to do research in the field.