International Public Health - 9048

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 International Public Health (Specialisation)

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Program Description

The Master of International Public Health (MIPH) is recognised as a sought after qualification in international health. Many graduates of MIPH or similar programs have found employment with international aid organisations.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

The aim of the Master of International Public Health is to combine:
  1. A human ecology perspective of health and disease and expertise in relevant investigative methods, with
  2. Evidence-based, culturally appropriate and cost-effective approaches to disease control, health promotion and health services development based on real life public health interventions, and which emphasises
  3. Development of infrastructure for policy development, monitoring and surveillance, research and evaluation, workforce development, and program delivery that directs and supports public health action to promote, protect and maintain the health of populations.

Program Structure

The MIPH program is offered in full-time/part-time and internal/external modes. An optional residential week is held prior to the commencement of semester 1 and 2 each year. The program comprises the following components, for a total of 48 units of credit:
  • Core courses - 18 units of credit
  • Elective courses - 30 units of credit
Core Courses
PLUS at least three courses from recommended international health-related electives, including:

Two other electives from any of the (6UoC) courses offered in the SPHCM.

The following electives enable students to focus on areas of interest and professional relevance. Electives may also be chosen from core courses offered in the health management or public health programs. In addition, students may enrol in electives offered by other schools and academic units within the University of New South Wales, as well as approved courses offered by other universities, in accordance with the UNSW policy on credit transfer. Students may undertake Independent Study to learn about a particular subject area of special interest where there is appropriate expertise in the School, but no formal course. Students choose 2 elective courses (12 UOC) from the list below:
Note: PHCM9498 is a pre-requisite course for PHCM9517 and PHCM9518.


One more elective (6 Units of Credit) and a project in an international health-related topic or internship:
Electives are also available from Arizona State University as part of the PLuS Alliance
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)

The following stream is available in the Master of Public Health.

Academic Rules

The Master of International Public Health articulates with the Graduate Diploma in International Public Health (GradDip) and the Graduate Certificate in International Public Health (GradCert).

Please refer to the Program Structure above and contact the School of Public Health and Community Medicine 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)

7367 International Public Health
5567 International Public Health
9043 Int Pub Health/Pub Health
9044 Int Pub Hlth/Hlth Mgmt

Area(s) of Specialisation