Interested in disaster and emergency management, security and public health? Take your career to the next level by enrolling today in our postgraduate programs from the Public Health Security Cluster.

The PLuS Alliance is a ground breaking union between UNSW Sydney, Arizona State University and King’s College London. It was formed to tackle complex problems and provide a global learning experience.

The risk of bioterrorism and pandemics is increasing. Natural disasters and forced displacement of people pose additional public health challenges. First responders in the field must have a cross-disciplinary understanding of the health aspects of emergency response and disaster recovery in a wide range of situations. You can choose from a suite of programs in public health, emergency management and security. They will equip graduates with advanced disciplinary skills in disaster and epidemic management.

Three postgraduate programs are available in public health and security:

Do you want to tackle global health issues and join a profession that operates across borders? The Bachelor of International Public Health will provide you with an understanding of the key issues impacting the health of populations around the world.




This website is to provide UNSW students with the relevant information in regard to undertaking a PLuS Alliance course at Arizona State University as part of your SPH degree.

Course Information

Students are able to do a maximum of two courses at Arizona State University (ASU) towards their SPH Master degree (including dual and extension degrees) and one ASU course for an SPH Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma.

Please refer to the UNSW Handbook for the list of courses available. ASU courses available to SPH students all have the UNSW Course Codes YMED, with the first number 5 for postgraduate courses.

How to enrol?

Students can enrol in and drop ASU courses via myUNSW. 

What happens next?

You will then obtain access to ASU systems and you will receive communication regarding this from Arizona State University approximately 3 days before the course start date.  Please note ASU uses Canvas (not Moodle) but support information will be provided so students know how to navigate Canvas.

PLuS Alliance Orientation

All students studying courses as part of the PLuS Alliance should refer to the PLuS Alliance Orientation website once your enrolment is finalised. 

PLuS Alliance FAQS for UNSW students

  • No. ASU uses a larger number of shorter teaching periods compared to UNSW. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for ASU term dates.

  • Students enrol in and drop ASU courses on myUNSW.

  • Students are able to consult the UNSW Class timetable page for YMED courses. Students can also search by teaching period.

  • Students will pay the same tuition fees for the ASU courses as they do for their current UNSW courses. If you have a CSP place then you will pay CSP fees. If you have a Full Fee place – you will pay full fees and so on.

  • Yes HECS-HELP is available for ASU courses.

  • Key Dates can be found on the UNSW Key Dates website (using the filter PLuS Alliance).

  • Please refer to the UNSW Census Dates website (using the filter PLuS Alliance) for information about Census Date and the last day to withdraw from ASU courses without incurring tuition fees.

  • No. ASU uses Canvas and you will have access to the course content on Canvas. ASU will send you the relevant information on how to access Canvas.

  • Please bear in mind that the ASU courses require students to submit smaller more frequent pieces of assessment compared to UNSW. This is all part of the learning experience you will obtain by undertaking a course at an American university.

  • You will receive access to the Course Outline and Canvas approximately 3 days before the start of the course.

  • You should contact ASU for any support you might need in regard to Canvas, IT issues or any other administrative issues.

  • No. ASU uses a letter grading system (A, B, C, D, F) whereas UNSW uses Fail, Pass, Credit, Distinction and High Distinction. Grades received from ASU courses will be converted to an equivalent UNSW grade that appears on your transcript. The grade conversion table can be found below:

  • Some courses may recommend that you purchase a textbook or course notes. There should be information in the course guide regarding textbooks. If you have any questions, please reach out to your course convenor. Please note that you are responsible for the costs of textbooks or course notes.

    You may be able to access a version (or a similar textbook) via the UNSW library.

Welcome to the School of Population Health (SPH). We hope you will enjoy your studies in the school. This website is to provide you with key contacts and information that might be useful for you during your studies.

Once you have registered for your UNSW class, you will be considered a UNSW PluS Alliance student. Congratulations on taking part in this unique alliance.

Support at UNSW

There are many systems that may be different for you and we want to provide as much support as we can to make your student experience at UNSW a pleasurable one. The links below provide you with the support that is available to you from central UNSW services.

Support in the School of Population Health

Once you have enrolled and are starting to commence your course, the resources below are available to you in the School. We want to ensure that your student experience is a positive one, so please contact us if we can be of assistance at any point in time.

Course Convenor (s)

Every course has a course convenor (s) who you should contact if you have any specific questions regarding the academic content or if you are having any issues which might affect you completing assessments for the course.  The course convenor information is on the Moodle page for your course as well as the SPH Course Offerings website.