Global health

Students learning in the Medicine & Health facilities at the UNSW Kensington campus

Improving the health of global communities

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.  

Join a sector-leading population health community

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. 

Enhance your career prospects

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.

Our programs

Indigenous Alternative Entry Scheme

The Indigenous Entry Scheme redresses the imbalance of access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to population health programs.

Still undecided on what path to take?

Discover which of our Population Health degrees are right for you.