IntPubHealth/InfecDiseaseIntel - 9042

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Medicine

Contact: School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Typical Duration: 1.5 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 72

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Program Description

The Master of International Public Health/Master of Infectious Disease (MIPH/MIDI) Intelligence dual program is an innovative approach to postgraduate health education enabling candidates to gain a better understanding of infectious diseases in the era of new and emerging disease threats, and management approaches for the identification, assessment, prevention and control of infectious diseases

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

The dual MIPH/MIDI program provides students with advanced disciplinary knowledge and skills to undertake infectious diseases prevention and control and health services management roles in government, community and health service settings with a focus on international settings. The program fosters sophisticated understanding and application across a complex body of multidisciplinary knowledge including infectious diseases intelligence, policy design, implementation and evaluation. Graduates are equipped with the specialised skills and concepts needed for professional practice in the prevention, identification, assessment, and control of infectious diseases. The program fosters judgment-ready practitioners who can contribute to improving population health and to work across a range of contexts including ministries and departments of health, government and non-government and voluntary organisations, military and first responder organisations, primary care and community healthcare services in both public and private sectors. All students in this degree will be required to complete three electives in International Health.

Program Structure

The Master of International Public Health/Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence program comprises the following components, for a total of 72 units of credit:

A. Seven core courses (42 UOC) from the following list:

B. At least one (6 UOC) course, up to a maximum of 12 UOC from recommended Infectious Diseases electives:

C. Three (18 UOC) courses from recommended international health-related electives:

D. One (6 UoC) of elective courses which can be selected from the complete listing of School electives see Master of Public Health program. It may also include one of the following courses offered by the School of Public Health and Community Medicine:
or the list (B) or (C) above, or PLuS Alliance course (see below):
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.

Streams (Areas of Specialisation)

There are no specialisations available in the Master of International Public Health/Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence (MIPH/MIDI) as there are too many core courses in the dual degree structure to allow for a specialisation to be formally completed. Students can enrol in electives in specialised areas but this will not be reflected as a specialisation. Students interested in a specialisation should consider one of the other dual degrees the school offers. Please refer to the SPHCM Specialisations website for further information.

Academic Rules

Please refer to the Program Structure above and contact the school office for further information.


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

Further Information

Related Program(s)

8362 Infect. Diseases Intelligence
9048 International Public Health
9041 HealthMgmt / InfecDiseaseIntel
9059 PubHealth / InfecDiseaseIntel

Area(s) of Specialisation