Infect. Diseases Intelligence - 8362

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Medicine

Contact: School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Typical Duration: 1 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 48


Master of 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.

The Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence (MIDI) is essential for a career in health emergencies, outbreaks, infectious diseases risk assessment and emergency response related to infectious diseases and other threats. This program is designed for relevant stakeholders from any sector, who wish 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. Students will be exposed to the perspectives of different stakeholders and sectors working in infectious diseases. The course will be run in dual internal and online modes during summer school.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

The MIDI provides students with advanced disciplinary knowledge and skills in infectious diseases prevention and control in a range of settings including in emergencies, as well as risk assessment, surveillance and related roles in government, community and health service settings in Australia and internationally. The program fosters sophisticated understanding and application across a complex body of multidisciplinary knowledge including infectious diseases intelligence, outbreak investigation, immunisation and tropical disease control. Graduates are equipped with the specialised skills needed for professional practice in control of infectious diseases and emergencies across a range of contexts including ministries and departments of health, government organisations, non-government and voluntary organisations, and primary care and community healthcare services in both public and private sectors. The program fosters judgment-ready practitioners who can contribute to improving population health outcomes specific to infectious diseases in diverse settings.

Program Structure

The Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence program comprises the following components, for a total of 48 units of credit:
  • Core courses - 30 units of credit
  • Infectious Diseases Elective - 6 units of credit
  • Elective courses - 12 units of credit
The Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence program comprises the following components, for a total of 48 units of credit:

A. Five core courses (30 UOC) from the following list:
(Note: Students need to choose either PHCM9498 or PHCM9781)
International Students please note - The compulsory courses PHCM9789 and PHCM9788 for this degree are offered over the Summer semester. You can complete these courses either face to face or by distance but please note that International students are only permitted to complete 25% of their degree by distance. Please refer to the Student Visa website for further information.


B. One (6 UOC) course from recommended Infectious Diseases electives:
PLUS a further 12 UOC of electives from the Infectious Diseases electives list above OR

C. Two (12 UOC) Electives:

Students choose 2 elective courses (12 UOC) from any of the elective courses which can be selected from the complete listing of School electives, see Master of Public Health program or courses offered by ASU PLuS Alliance - Arizona State University Courses:
Additional Course Requirement for International Students.

International Students who have not previously completed a degree in Australia and are enrolled in the full time program in Sydney (Kensington campus) are required to take the following additional course in their first semester.
This course is available for all students to assist them with academic literacy practice and includes critical reading, thinking and writing, oral communication and managing postgraduate study. The course is made available at no charge to students and does not contribute to the program requirements of the degree. Local students who have not studied recently are also welcome to enrol to assist them with the transition back to university and to assist them with their academic skills.

Academic Rules


Students who have completed requirements for the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases Intelligence will be able to transfer to the Master in Infectious Diseases with full credit for completed courses subject to time-elapsed rules consistent with the UNSW Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning.

Students may exit the Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence early to graduate with a Graduate Certificate in Infectious Diseases Intelligence (24 UOC) or a Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases Intelligence (36 UOC) if they have met the minimum requirements for these degrees.


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


Dr Holly Seale
Program Director
Phone: +61 (2) 9385 3129

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