About the Master of International Public Health at UNSW

The UNSW Master of International Public Health is a one-year full-time degree, offered through the School of Public Health and Community Medicine.

The program takes an interdisciplinary approach to learning about global health. With an underpinning in public health, the program examines disease control, comparative analysis of global health systems, policy design, and public health research across a wide range of populations and countries.

In addition, the program examines the power and politics in global health, key global health debates and philosophical stances, and addresses contested issues around globalisation and health, decolonisation, health and human rights, the environment, urban expansion and population growth.

The Master of International Public Health aims to give graduates the tools to study, research and ultimately improve the human health of communities. The degree brings together methodologies such as epidemiology, data, policy and medical service design to provide an international perspective on the health and illnesses of populations in all stages of development.

What is International Public Health?

International public health aims to study, promote and protect the health of global citizens and the communities where they live, learn, work and play.

While doctors treat people who are sick, international public health professionals seek to prevent people from becoming sick of injured in the first place.

Aims of the Master of International Public Health

The Master of International Public Health will equip you with the skills and knowledge to understand and contribute to disease control, health promotion and health services development.

You’ll become expert at evidence-based, cost-effective approaches to real-life public health interventions that are appropriate to their cultural setting. Using investigative methods across populations, you’ll gain advanced knowledge and skills for preventing communicable and non-communicable diseases. By applying contemporary epidemiological methods and techniques, you’ll find health solutions relevant to international health priorities and contexts.

The degree also studies the demographic, epidemiological, nutritional and cultural transitions in human populations and health that are associated with economic development.

Entry requirements for the Master of International Public Health include;

  • An undergraduate degree in a field relevant to a public health discipline and at least two years’ related work or volunteer experience, or
  • An undergraduate degree plus an honours or postgraduate degree in a field relevant to public health or health management. 

The Master of International Public Health provides great flexibility for you to tailor your study options according to your commitments. With nine specialisations, there are also options to specialise through double degrees, undertake original research and broaden opportunities through internships.

You also have the opportunity to broaden your field of expertise by combining the Master of International Public Health with either the; 

Double degrees can be completed full-time over 18 months. A double degree with an extension  (which include a research project) can be completed over 2 years. 

An extension degree can add a research component as part of your Master of International Public Health.

You can also complete an internship, where you’ll gain real-world experience while undertaking your degree or a research project as part of your degree.

Your Career Opportunities

Undertaking a Master of International Public Health can open doorways to the following careers:

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

“One of the key things I’ve learnt throughout my [Master of International Public Health] studies at UNSW is the value of critical analysis within the global health context. Studies of global health encompass not only disease burden and the technical skills required to respond to global health inequities in a public health context, but an ability to understand and critique the political, social and economic climate that shapes global health.”

- International Public Health Student