Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence

About the Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence at UNSW

The Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence at UNSW Sydney is a 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time postgraduate degree. Our degree program provides students with an understanding of disease intelligence, identification of epidemic patterns and the knowledge required to develop disease control strategies. You’ll be exposed to the real-world perspectives of various professionals working in infectious diseases in Australia and abroad.

What is Infectious Diseases Intelligence?

Infectious diseases are illnesses caused by the spread of microorganisms to humans. These microorganisms can be spread from other humans, animals or the environment. Outbreaks of infectious diseases threaten individuals, communities and the global population. To combat this threat there is an urgent need for thorough investigation of infectious diseases based on infectious diseases intelligence and surveillance methodologies.

Infectious diseases intelligence and surveillance informs outbreak identification, response and control of infectious diseases. The field combines the principles of epidemiology, with public health considerations applied to endemic and emerging infectious disease threats. The ability to design and implement a multidisciplinary public health approach to infectious disease control is vital in today’s rapidly changing global landscape.

The last two decades have seen the emergence and spread of many new pathogens such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS-CoV), avian influenza H5N1, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), avian influenza H7N9 and Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). Work in the infectious diseases intelligence field has been critical in identifying and controlling these outbreaks.

Studying the Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence is essential for professionals who work in or aspiring to work in health emergencies, outbreaks, infectious diseases risk assessment and emergency responses to infectious diseases.

Studying the Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence, you’ll develop an understanding of epidemic patterns. You’ll learn how to apply this knowledge to develop disease control strategies on a national and global scale. Graduates can undertake work in infectious diseases prevention in a range of settings, contributing to improving population health outcomes specific to infectious diseases.

  • The degree is available fully online, face-to-face at our Sydney campus, or in a combination of modes providing greater flexibility for students.
  • You’ll gain advanced disciplinary knowledge and skills in infectious diseases prevention and control in a range of settings, communities, risk groups, emergencies, as well as risk assessment and surveillance.
  • You can combine a Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence with a Master of Public Health, Master of Leadership and Health Management or a Master of Global Health in our popular dual degree programs.
  • You can extend your learning through the Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence (extension) program, providing opportunities to develop your research capabilities including as a pathway to a PhD at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine.
  • You’ll have opportunities to take part in internships with government, national or international health organisations as part of your degree.
  • The degree is delivered through the renowned School of Public Health and Community Medicine at UNSW.
  • UNSW Medicine is a leading Australian and global authority on health and disease.
  • This is a Plus Alliance degree program offered through UNSW Sydney. Students at UNSW, Arizona State University and Kings College London who are in a PLuS Alliance program can enrol into this degree.

The Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence is for professionals who have completed a four-year relevant undergraduate degree and have two years full-time work experience. Alternatively if you have completed a three-year degree undergraduate degree plus an honours or postgraduate degree in a field relevant to public health or health management you will be able to undertake this degree.  

The degree program is relevant for professionals who want to gain a better understanding of infectious diseases intelligence in the era of new and emerging disease threats, and management approaches for the identification, assessment, prevention and control of infectious diseases. 

What Our Students Say

MIDI Chigozie Nwachukwu

“I was looking for a course that is close to my background in Medical Laboratory Science (Biomedical Science) but also allows for a change to my career path. I found the Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence (MIDI) degree program interesting as it has expanded my views on possible career pathways. Undertaking the MIDI as a double degree, I stand a better chance of working in any area of Public Health, be it Health Promotion, Outbreak Investigation, Maternal and Child Health, Health System Strengthening, Surveillance System or Infection Prevention and Control.” Chigozie Nwachukwu, Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence/Master of Public Health 


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