Global health brings together epidemiology, data, policy and medical service design to provide an international perspective on the health and illnesses of populations. It explores disease control, health systems, health promotion and health policy across a wide range of populations and countries.
This study area also addresses population health issues that transcend national boundaries such as globalisation, decolonisation, human rights, the environment, urban expansion, health equity and population growth.
This study area is delivered by UNSW's School of Population Health - a leader in academic excellence, global impact and social engagement. Our dynamic, international community of staff, alumni, practitioners and students are working together to enhance population health and healthcare systems.
Our teaching is strongly influenced by our research. Our staff bring expertise from multiple disciplines and have experience across local, national and global settings. Our students benefit from research and collaboration opportunities at our internationally recognised research centres and institutes. Our programs are designed to be relevant to the workplace, with many opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge to practice.
The PLuS Alliance is a partnership between three leading research universities – Arizona State University, King’s College London and UNSW. This partnership was designed to solve global challenges and increase access to world-class higher education in high-need areas. Through the PLuS Alliance, you can take online courses with Arizona State University, giving you the opportunity to expand your professional network and bring a global perspective to your education.
A qualification in global health will transform you into a work-ready, robust and flexible global health leader, ready to work across many settings and jurisdictions. There’s strong demand for global health professionals in the public and private health sectors, both within Australia and internationally. Our graduates typically find work through a range of employers, including bilateral and multilateral international aid organisations, UN-based organisations, civil society and NGOs, private foundations, health departments, academia and development-based organisations.
At the undergraduate level, our Bachelor of International Public Health will equip you to address global health challenges, understand policy development and discover solutions to global health issues.
You can study global health in the following postgraduate coursework programs:
The Master of Global Health (Extension) includes a research component, which consists of additional research methodology courses and/or an advanced research project. Opportunities are available to progress from a coursework master’s degree that includes a research component to enrolment in a PhD.
You can combine the Master of Global Health with the master’s programs in health leadership and management, public health or infectious diseases intelligence. Studying two programs concurrently enhances your career prospects and gives you the opportunity to combine knowledge and skills from two related disciplines.
Complete two master's degrees with a research focus. This option includes an extension component where you’ll complete additional electives including a research project or a research methodology course.
Research is a fundamental part of our work at the School of Population Health, through which we address a number of key local, national and global public health issues. The School has a vibrant, thriving research culture and is a pipeline for research development from research students to post-doctoral researchers and senior research leaders, making us one of the leading research schools in Australia.
Our School offers excellent research programs to public health and health service researchers aimed at beginner, intermediate and experienced levels. Options are available for research-only degrees or combined coursework and research. We offer:
Master of Public Health by Research
Master of Health Professions Education by Research
The Indigenous Entry Scheme redresses the imbalance of access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to population health programs.