About the Bachelor of International Public Health

Do you want to tackle global health issues and join a profession that operates across borders? The Bachelor of International Public Health will provide you with an understanding of the key issues impacting the health of populations around the world.

This three-year degree is available in dual mode delivery. There is the option to come onto the UNSW Sydney campus to complete some of the courses or you can complete the degree fully online. You can undertake the Bachelor of International Public Health on a full or part-time basis, at a pace that suits your needs. It will prepare you to design and implement new public health approaches for emerging social issues including the impacts of climate change and an increasingly connected world on health.

Our course material has been developed by UNSW Sydney and Arizona State University. Moving away from the traditional classroom, this innovative degree will immerse you in a global learning setting. You’ll study with students from Australia, the United States and around the world, bringing a global perspective to your education.

You can enhance your employability by undertaking an internship placement, study abroad or a research project.

What is Public Health and International Public Health?

Clinical medicine equips healthcare workers to treat individuals who get sick or injured, one patient at a time. Public Health is designed to prevent people in a population or a community from getting sick or injured and to provide solutions when they do. This is done through tackling the root causes of ill-health improving quality of life so fewer people need to go to the doctor or take medication.

Public Health can take many forms, for example:

  • Investigating health problems and hazards in the community
  • Educating people about healthy behaviours
  • Designing programs to prevent the spread of disease
  • Addressing causes of health inequity and inequality
  • Guiding government health policies and programs

International public health involves taking a worldwide perspective. Public health issues and responses are considered in the context of changing patterns of disease and injury of populations within and across countries.

    You’ll explore a range of case studies, spanning international contexts and population health issues and priorities.

    Some of the issues you’ll consider include:

    • Why are some communities prone to infectious disease outbreaks?
    • How will climate change impact the health of populations?
    • How do we address the growing impact of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer?
    • Why are women still dying in childbirth?
    • How do we measure changes in disease patterns over time?

    The degree examines infectious and non-infectious diseases, women’s and children’s health, mental illness, indigenous health and environmental health.

    All courses are closely interconnected to support a coherent degree experience and prepare you for new approaches to emerging global public health issues. The courses within this degree will develop your skills in areas such as:

    • community empowerment
    • community partnerships and self-determination
    • advocacy and community engagement
    • effective communication
    • critical thinking
    • cultural competence
    • independent work
    • research methods in health
    • systems thinking
    • teamwork and leadership.

    You’ll also complete a capstone experience, with the option of either a research project, internship or public health study abroad tour.

    Within the degree, you’ll study the scope and methods of international public health, including;

    • basic medical sciences
    • epidemiology and biostatistics
    • health promotion
    • surveillance and prevention
    • public health leadership
    • law and ethics
    • health programs, systems and economics
    • community or policy development
    • Indigenous health concepts.

    The courses are developed by academics from UNSW and Arizona State University who have extensive work experience in developing and delivering public health programs and policy within various international and domestic settings. This includes working with agencies such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), regional WHO offices, governments from around the world and non-government agencies.

    Your Career Opportunities in International Public Health

    As a Bachelor of International Public Health graduate, you'll stand in a competitive career marketplace with unique perspectives and practical skills developed through your degree.

    You can work in federal government agencies, international organisations, community or healthcare centres, educational and research institutions, for profit and not-for profit organisations among a wide range of other workplaces.

    There’s a range of roles available upon graduation.  Potential careers include;

    • Public Health Officer
    • Health Promotion/Education Officer
    • Health Information Manager
    • Community Health Officer
    • Policy Officer/Analyst
    • Program or Project Manager
    • Public Health Advocate
    • Epidemiologist
    • Health Communications Specialist.

    Your Program Structure

    • Introduction to Public Health
    • International Indigenous Health
    • General Biology
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology
    • Introduction to Global Health
    • 2 General Education Electives
    • Epidemiology
    • Biostatistics
    • Health Promotion
    • Communicable Disease
    • Principles of Prevention & Surveillance
    • Public Health Policy and Programs
    • Health Leadership
    • Chronic Disease Prevention and Control
    • Ethics in Public Health  
    • Public Health Capstone 
    • Comparative Health Systems  
    • Environmental and Occupational Health  
    • Applied Public Health Practice 
    • 4 Elective Courses 

    Where You’ll Find Our Graduates

    Graduates of this degree are equipped to work in a range of public health areas, both domestically and internationally. Graduates can also pursue a research degree in public health or go on to higher tertiary education, such as a Masters program or PhD.

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