International Public Health - 3880

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Medicine

Contact: School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 3 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 144

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements

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Program Description

Available fully online and designed to build and strengthen the international public health workforce, this innovative degree includes coursework from two of the world’s leading universities – UNSW Sydney and Arizona State University as part of the PLuS Alliance. This unique experience immerses the student in a virtual global classroom, with students from Australia, the US and around the globe. It is aligned with U.S. accreditation standards, and prepares students for new approaches to emerging global and public health issues, including basic medical sciences, epidemiology and biostatistics, surveillance and prevention, communicable and non-communicable disease, environmental health, and health systems. Students will complete a digitized portfolio throughout their degree program, with a capstone experience in their area of interest in the final year.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

The Bachelor of International Public Health is designed to build and strengthen the international public health workforce. This innovative degree includes coursework from UNSW Sydney and ASU . Aligned with U.S. accreditation standards and consistent with recommendations of Council of Academic Public Health Institutions in Australia (CAPHIA), the coursework prepares students for new approaches to emerging global and public health issues, including prevention, public health surveillance, health promotion, communicable and non-communicable diseases, environmental health, and global health systems. A highlight of the program will be two courses which are jointly developed and taught across UNSW and ASU - comparative health systems and International Indigenous Health.

The BIPH will qualify students to apply a broad and coherent body of public health knowledge for undertaking work in a range of local and international contexts and as a pathway for further postgraduate education.

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate theoretical understanding and application of key concepts, principles, theories and frameworks used in public health and its related disciplines or areas of practice within local and global contexts;

2. Identify, analyse and communicate epidemiological data for interpreting patterns of health, disease and injury within populations and propose potential public health interventions to prevent, protect and/or control harms to health and wellbeing

3. Scope and justify the design and evaluation of disease prevention strategies for communicable and non-communicable diseases relevant to a range of health settings/contexts

4. Critically discuss international or national or state or regional priority health problems relevant to specific populations or communities and evaluate evidence-based health promotion strategies

5. Demonstrate understanding of the regulatory, ethical and health system structures within which public health policy and practice is undertaken and the implications for contributing to change to address emerging global public health issues

6. Demonstrate capacity to critically reflect on own professional strengths for working collaboratively, with cultural sensitivity and informed by values of social justice and evidence–based practice.

Program Structure

Year 1

(Courses with prefix YMED are delivered by ASU)
Plus 2 Gen Ed courses:
Year 2
Year 3

(Courses with prefix YMED are delivered by ASU)
Plus Electives
Students must undertake 18 UoC of electives courses in Year 3 from the below list of courses:

Academic Rules

1. The degree of Bachelor of International Public Health is awarded after the successful completion of a minimum of 144 units of credit.

2. To fulfil these requirements, students must complete:

Depth Component
  • 114 units of specified core courses, being all those prescribed in the faculty regulations for this program
  • 18 units of credit in elective courses in accordance with University and BIPH requirements
Breadth Component
  • 12 units of General Education in accordance with University and BIPH requirements
i) To meet the United States CEPH requirement for an undergraduate public health program to have underpinning knowledge and skills in humanities/communication students select GEN ED courses from the following humanities based faculties: DVC(E) Board of Studies; Faculty of Art & Design; Faculty of Built Environment; UNSW School of Business; Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences; Faculty of Law. Where students seek to do a GENED course in the Faculty of Science and or the Faculty of Engineering this will need to be approved by the BIPH Program Director to ensure it meets the CEPH requirements of being a humanities or communication relevant course in keeping with the United States CEPH accreditation standards)

ii) Be selected from UNSW General Education courses available online (students who are studying locally within Sydney have the option of choosing one or both courses in face to face mode).

3. The standard duration of the program is 3 years consisting of 6 semesters of full-time study (24 units of credit per semester) or equivalent part-time.

4. Progression Rules
  • Students must complete at least 30 UOC of Level 1 courses before enrolling in Level 2 courses
  • Students must complete at least 72 UOC before enrolling in Level 3 courses
  • YMED1004 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 is a pre-requisite for YMED1006 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • PHCM2006 Public Health Policy & Programs is a pre-requisite for PHCM3005 Comparative Health Systems
  • PHCM2001, PHCM2002, PHCM2004 are pre-requisites for PHCM2005 Principles of Prevention & Public Health Surveillance
  • Students must have completed 96 UOC before enrolling in PHCM3003 Public Health Capstone
5. This program can be completed fully online with the possible option of completing three courses in the internal mode (both General Education courses and the Public Health Capstone).

6. The Bachelor of International Public Health is to be awarded with Distinction after successfully completing an overall WAM of 75.


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