Infect Diseases Intelligence - 5362

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Medicine

Contact: School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Typical Duration: 0.8 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 36


Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases Intelligence

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Program Description

The requirements of this program are for students commencing their studies in 2017. Continuing students can view their original program requirements in previous editions of the handbook.

Infectious diseases, both emerging and re-emerging, are growing at a rapid pace in developing countries. Population growth, urbanization, increased travel and migration (internal and external), and changing ecosystems are just some of the factors contributing to changes in disease epidemiology. There is an urgent need to develop the capacity of the health workforce in their knowledge of the theory and principles of control of infectious diseases in this evolving scenario.

The Graduate Diploma in Infectious Disease Intelligence aims to impart skills in effective management or control of infectious diseases. Students can study online or combine this with intensive coursework during Summer School. Student chooses from a range of specialty courses in infectious diseases including HIV control, immunisation practice, and current challenges in infectious Diseases. The program articulates with the Master of Public Health in Infectious Diseases Epidemiology specialisation as well as the Master of International Health.

This program is aimed at health professionals who seek to increase their capacity around the management of infectious disease control strategies and those who wish to change to a career in infectious disease epidemiology. This program offers an entirely web-based study program enabling participants to effectively integrate their learning into their daily professional life without the costly disruption that face-to-face coursework entails. Individual courses within the Program have been developed so as to provide a practice-based and authentic approach to this field of study.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

At the completion of the Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases Intelligence students will be able to:

1. Apply advanced disciplinary knowledge and skills to contribute to protecting the health of populations and preventing communicable diseases using appropriate scientifically based methods and contemporary theories and techniques.

2. Demonstrate critical understanding of current international infectious disease issues and the capacity to plan, implement and evaluate surveillance and control activities.

3. Demonstrate capacity to engage in scholarly inquiry, ethical commitment and critical reflective practice for informing professional practice in public health.

4. Critically analyse priorities in infectious disease control and factors that influence current policy and funding at local, regional and global level.

5. Demonstrate high-level skills in communicating, working in teams and advocacy to promote and enhance interventions that prevent and control infectious diseases in populations.

Program Structure

The Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases Intelligence program comprises the following components, for a total of 36 units of credit:

A. Four Core Course (24 UOC)

B. One (6 UoC) course from recommended Infectious Diseases electives:

C. One course (6 UOC) from the following electives, or the list (B) above, or PLuS Alliance course (see below):
PLuS Alliance courses:
Students can also choose to enrol in EITHER PHCM9498 Epidemiology and Statistics OR PHCM9781 Evidence-informed Decision-making as an elective towards List C.

Students wishing to articulate from the Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases Intelligence program to a Master of Public Health or Master of International Public Health program are advised to include a relevant core course such as PHCM9498 Epidemiology and Statistics as the course they complete from List C for the Graduate Diploma, and to seek further advice from the relevant Program Director.

Academic Rules

Students who complete the Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases Intelligence will be able to articulate with full credit to the Master of Public Health in Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control, Master of Public Health or the Master of International Public Health.


For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website:  UNSW Fee Website.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to have either:
  • An undergraduate degree in a field relevant to public health or health management (see list below)* and two years full-time professional or volunteer experience. This may also include equivalent professional experience acquired as part of a degree of 4 or more years duration (e.g. MBBS, MD)
  • An undergraduate degree plus an honours or postgraduate degree in a field relevant to public health or health management (see list below)*
[*Examples include, but are not restricted to, medicine, nursing, allied health, health sciences, biomedical sciences, dentistry, social work, sociology, behavioural and social sciences, social work, psychology, marketing, human services, emergency services, environmental health, veterinary science, health administration, business, management, engineering, law, science, mathematics and statistics, economics, policy studies and development studies.]

Applications will be assessed in accordance with the UNSW Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and Procedure.

Application Procedure

For Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens, applications for postgraduate coursework programs at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine are online through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

For international students, applications for postgraduate coursework programs at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine are online through UNSW Apply Online.

Please contact the Student Services office for further information

PLuS Alliance

The Infectious Diseases Intelligence programs are part of the PLuS Alliance, a new international university partnership between UNSW, Arizona State University and King's College London.

Students enrolled in this degree will be able to complete specific electives online from Arizona State University. Further information can be found on the SPHCM PLus Alliance website.

Further Information

Related Program(s)

7362 Infect Diseases Intelligence
5362 Infect Diseases Intelligence

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