Int'l Public Health (Extn) - 9051

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


Master of International Public Health (Extension)

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Program Description

The Master of International Public Health (Extension) provides students with the advanced disciplinary knowledge and technical capacities to contribute to disease control, health promotion, health services development, and public health research across a wide range of populations and countries. The program fosters sophisticated knowledge and skills that can be applied to a broad range of highly complex public health issues in global health. Graduates are equipped with specialised professional skills needed for research and professional practice to work globally in health departments, with government and non-government organisations, and with international and bi-lateral aid agencies in both the public and private sectors. The program fosters judgment-ready practitioners who can contribute to improving public health outcomes in specific and diverse settings drawing on a global health perspective.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

At the completion of the Master of International Public Health (Extension), students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate strong sociocultural and political awareness of the diverse cultural settings, entities and policy agendas influencing global health and critically analyse complex and interrelated factors shaping health trends at local, national and international levels, as well as globally.

2. Apply advanced knowledge and skills for protecting the health of populations and preventing communicable and non-communicable diseases using epidemiological methods and contemporary theories and techniques relevant to international health priorities and settings.

3. Critically appraise the needs of communities and/or populations for promoting health, drawing on evidence informed approaches to support effective interventions.

4. Interpret and apply relevant research and research-based methods for informing international public health questions, priorities, policy and practice across a diverse set of contexts.

5. Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex population related data and issues to plan and evaluate public health strategies, projects and programs informed by current theoretical debates, techniques and practices in international health, as well as the development of policy.

6. Demonstrate multidisciplinary ways of working and high level skills in communicating, working in teams and advocacy to enhance public health outcomes within international health settings and in a global context.

7. Demonstrate understanding of current global health developments and perspectives and their implications for productively working locally, intersectorally, and across communities, agencies and national boundaries.

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

9. Identify and critically appraise research literature in an area of international public health and determine research question/s and appropriate methodologies to address these question/s.

10. Demonstrate ability to plan and execute a scholarly international public health research-based project using relevant methodologies for contributing understanding to the field within the specific area of research.

Program Structure

The MIPH (extension) comprises the following components for a total of 72 units of credit (UoC):
  • Core courses - 3 courses (18 UOC)
  • International Health electives - 3 courses (18 UOC)
  • Electives (12UOC)
  • Extension (24 UOC) *
Core (18 UOC)
PLUS at least three courses from International Health-related electives (18 UOC)
PLUS two electives from the below list of courses (12 UOC)
* Extension (24 UOC)

Students may select one of the following options:
  • 18 UOC major project in public health (PHCM9150) to be negotiated with an academic supervisor plus a 6 UOC elective course;
  • 6 UOC research project (PHCM9148) to be determined in consultation with the academic supervisor of the project plus 3 elective courses (18 UOC).
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.

Stream (Area of Specialisation)
The following stream is available in the Master of International Public Health (Extension) to be completed in the first 48 UOC of the program. This allows students to focus their studies in an area where the School has considerable expertise, and may incorporate project work.

Academic Rules

The Master of International Public Health (Extension) articulates with the Master of International Public Health, Graduate Diploma in International Public Health (GradDip) and the Graduate Certificate in International Public Health (GradCert). Progression to the final 24 UOC Extension component of the MIPH (Extn) program requires successful completion of the first 48 UOC of the program with an average mark of at least 65%.

Please refer to the Program Structure above and contact the School of Public Health and Community Medicine for further information.


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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)

9048 International Public Health
5567 International Public Health
7367 International Public Health
9043 Int Pub Health/Pub Health
9044 Int Pub Hlth/Hlth Mgmt

Area(s) of Specialisation