Prepare to join the international public health workforce. This degree will equip you to address global health challenges, understand policy development and discover solutions to global health issues.

 

Faculty
Faculty of Medicine and Health
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended), Fully online
Award
Bachelor of International Public Health
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
3 Year(s)

How to apply

Overview

Play a vital role in improving the health of populations worldwide. Public health is designed to prevent people from getting sick or injured and to provide solutions when they do. This is done through tackling the root causes of ill-health so fewer people need to go to the doctor or take medication. International public health involves taking a worldwide perspective.

The Bachelor of International Public Health will provide you with an understanding of the key issues impacting the health of populations around the world. It will prepare you to design and implement new public health approaches for emerging social issues. You’ll explore a range of case studies, spanning international contexts and population health issues and priorities. Some of the issues you’ll consider include:

  • Why are some communities prone to infectious disease outbreaks?
  • How will climate change impact the health of populations?
  • How do we address the growing impact of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer?
  • Why are women still dying in childbirth?
  • How do we measure changes in disease patterns over time?

This degree highlights important interactions between the social, biological, and environmental determinants of health. It focuses on interventions for strengthening sustainable development and health, both locally and globally.

Key features

  • Wide range of career opportunities
    The knowledge and skillset you’ll acquire will equip you for professional careers in a wide range of contexts. You’ll be ready to work in both Australian public health roles and in international development. This degree also provides a pathway to further study, including graduate medicine or a master’s program.

  • Professional recognition
    This degree is consistent with U.S. accreditation standards and recommendations of the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australasia (CAPHIA).

  • Flexible dual mode delivery
    This degree offers dual mode delivery, which means you have the option to study on campus or to complete the degree fully online. You can also choose to study full-time or part-time, at a pace that suits your needs. You can commence your studies at multiple entry points across the year.

  • Capstone experience
    You’ll complete a capstone experience in your final year, which may include the option of either an internship placement, study abroad tour or research project.

Why study this degree at UNSW?

Bring a global perspective to your education
The PLuS Alliance combines the strengths of three leading research universities – Arizona State University, King’s College London and UNSW – to solve global challenges. The courses in this program were developed by academics from UNSW and Arizona State University. These academics have extensive work experience in developing and delivering public health programs and policy within various international and domestic settings. This includes working with agencies such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), regional WHO offices, governments from around the world and non-government agencies. Moving away from the traditional classroom, this degree will immerse you in a global learning environment, where you’ll study alongside students from Australia, the United States and around the world.  

Join a sector-leading population health community
Join a community that’s playing a key role in enhancing population health and healthcare systems. This program is delivered by the School of Population Health – a dynamic, international community of staff, alumni, practitioners and students. Our multi-disciplinary teaching and research staff have research and practitioner experience in local, national and international settings. Research and collaboration opportunities are available for students in our internationally recognised research centres and institutes. You will be part of a community involved in translating ground-breaking research into disease prevention and response strategies and informing health policy.

 

Program Code
3880
Campus
Kensington
UAC Code
428200
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
144
Indicative Enrolments
36

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Entry requirements

2021 Lowest Selection Rank
80
2021 A levels
13
2021 IB Diploma
29
2021 Lowest ATAR
75.35
    1. 2021 Lowest Selection Rank
      The 2021 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2021.
    2. 2021 A levels
      The 2021 A levels score is based on four Advanced Level (A2) subject. Entry scores are calculated from the best three or four A2 subjects (excluding repeated subjects) using the following values: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. At most one Applied A Level subject may be included in the best four subjects used to calculate the aggregate.
    3. 2021 IB Diploma
      The 2021 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2021. It is to be used as a guide only.
    4. 2021 Lowest ATAR
      The 2021 Lowest ATAR is the lowest ATAR (before adjustment factors were applied) to which an offer was made. Where <5 is listed, this indicates that less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made and so the score has not been published. N/A indicates no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.

Adjustment factor schemes

We offer a range of adjustment factor schemes that reward students for academic performance and extra-curricular achievements. These schemes also take into account a range of personal and educational disadvantages that may have affected your studies. 

HSC Plus 
This scheme rewards students who perform well in Year 12 subjects that are relevant to their preferred UNSW degree. You may be awarded up to five points. 

Elite Athletes, Performers and Leaders (EAPL) 
This program recognises achievements in the areas of sport, academia, leadership and music at an elite level. You may be eligible for up to five points.

Educational Access Scheme (EAS)
Factors such as illness, financial hardship, language difficulties or attending a particular school can mean you don't always get the best possible marks in Years 11 and 12. If one of these situations applies to you, submit an application for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) via UAC. Eligible students can receive between 1 and 10 points towards their chosen UNSW degree.

Alternative entry pathways

Your ATAR is not the only measure of your potential to succeed, which is why we offer a range of pathways into university. Explore your options below and get in touch with our future student advisors to discuss your path to UNSW. 

Gateway Admission Pathway
This scheme is open to students in Years 11 and 12 who attend Gateway schools. It significantly adjusts the ATAR requirements for your preferred UNSW degree and provides you with an early conditional offer to UNSW. 

Entry programs for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
We offer entry programs for Indigenous Australians, including the Indigenous Preparatory Programs and the Indigenous Admission Scheme (IAS). The entry pathway program you apply for will depend on the degree you want to study. 

English language requirements​

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

International direct entry

We do not accept secondary qualifications from this country. We may accept tertiary study results, please contact us for more information.

Please contact us for direct entry requirements.

Pathway programs

UNSW Global has university pathway programs that will help you transition into university so you can achieve your academic and career goals. Learn more.

English language requirements​


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Program structure

This degree examines infectious and non-infectious diseases, women’s and children’s health, mental illness, Indigenous health and environmental health.

You’ll study the scope and methods of international public health, including:

  • basic medical sciences
  • epidemiology and biostatistics
  • health promotion
  • surveillance and prevention
  • public health leadership
  • law and ethics
  • health programs, systems and economics
  • community or policy development
  • Indigenous health concepts.

Full program structure

The Bachelor of International Public Health is completed over three years of full-time study. The program is made up of 24 courses total, including 18 core courses, four prescribed elective courses and two general education courses. View the suggested program pathways to see how you can organise your courses, depending on which term you commence your studies. 

Future careers

There’s strong demand in Australia and globally for professionals with specialised interdisciplinary skills in international public health. This degree can lead to a career in:

  • government departments and ministries of health
  • public health networks
  • local area health services
  • universities and research institutes
  • international health policy and funding institutions
  • non-governmental agencies
  • mental health services
  • Indigenous health organisations
  • not-for-profit organisations.

Accreditation

This degree is consistent with U.S. accreditation standards and recommendations of the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australasia (CAPHIA).

Sonia Kohlbacher
“I chose the Bachelor of International Public Health because it offered me a really broad understanding of public health systems around the world and the different moving parts and influences in how they all work day-to-day."

Sonia Kohlbacher

Current Student

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the Apply section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply. For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January. Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

Ready to apply?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$7,950*

Commonwealth Supported Place: Student Contribution Band 2

*The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will be liable for depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment. Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the university and may increase each year during your studies (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at the start of each calendar year.

The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only - other fees and charges are not included.

 

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$23,520*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$71,520*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

 

Scholarships

 

At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.


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    Innovation

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Jacob
"I chose this degree because I wanted to learn the technical aspects of policy writing and evaluating government reports. I know I can utilise those skills."

Jacob

Current Student

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