UNSW Difference

UNSW Difference

The Bachelor of International Public Health program covers the scope and methods of international public health including: the basic medical sciences; epidemiology and biostatistics; health promotion; surveillance and prevention; public health leadership; law and ethics; health programs; health systems; and, health economics - and 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. 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.

Unique course offerings

Co-developed courses:

Two courses are jointly developed and taught across UNSW and ASU – International Indigenous Health and Comparative Health Systems. By comparing health systems and the health and wellbeing of Indigenous communities between countries, students gain a critical awareness of developing both culturally and socially appropriate health interventions including a range of health promotion, primary healthcare, and human rights strategies to health challenges at local and global contexts. 

Capstone in Public Health:

The BIPH Capstone in Public Health enables students to consolidate and integrate their knowledge and skills of public health research and apply this to a public health issue of their own interest. Students may select a topic from within areas of study including: health promotion; policy and practice; reproductive, maternal and child health; infectious diseases; non-communicable diseases; drug and alcohol; mental health; primary care; and, Indigenous health. Students are given autonomy to select from among diverse opportunities such as a research project or an internship through engagement with leading multinationals/ development agencies. 

Digitised e-Portfolio

Students will complete a digitized portfolio throughout their degree program which is unique to the online digital space. This enables students to integrate their work, monitor and evaluate progress in achieving learning outcomes over time, and reflect upon their own competencies and practice for working in public health in a variety of geographic, socioeconomic and cultural contexts. Students can develop a detailed portfolio which is important for application to graduate studies and future employment.