International Public Health

Areas of Study

The Bachelor of International Public Health program covers the scope and methods of international public health.

This includes:

  • The basic medical sciences
  • Epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Health promotion
  • Surveillance and prevention
  • Public health leadership
  • Law and ethics
  • Health programs
  • Health systems
  • Health economics

The program also prepares students for new approaches to emerging global and public health issues related to communicable and non-communicable disease, women’s and children’s health, mental illness, Indigenous health and environmental health.

Unlike other undergraduate public health programs in Australia, the program is internationally-integrated with emphasis on courses for increasing understanding and improving the health of populations worldwide. Students will explore a diverse range of case studies spanning international contexts and population health issues and priorities.


Program Structure

(Courses with prefix YMED are delivered by ASU)

Year 1 (48 UOC)
YMED1008 Introduction to Global Health (6 UOC)
YMED1003 General Biology (6 UOC)
YMED1005 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (6 UOC)
YMED1001 Introduction to Public Health (6 UOC)
PHCM1001 International Indigenous Health (6 UOC)
Two General Education courses: GENED choice of online courses available at UNSW (12 UOC)
Year 3 (48 UOC)
PHCM3001 Ethics in Public Health (6 UOC)
PHCM3003 Public Health Capstone (6 UOC)
PHCM3005 Comparative Health Systems (6 UOC)
PHCM3007 Applied Public Health Practice (6 UOC)
YMED3007 Environmental & Occupational Health (6 UOC)
Four electives from the list below (18 UOC):

Equally, to support a coherent degree experience, all courses will be closely interconnected in drawing on a range of cross-cutting themes such as advocacy, community dynamics, critical thinking, cultural competence, independent work, research methods, systems thinking, and teamwork and leadership. Students will complete a digitised portfolio throughout their degree program, with a capstone experience in their area of interest in the final year.

Key Contact

School of Public Health and Community Medicine

UNSW Sydney, NSW 2052
T: +61 (2) 9385 1844
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