Public Security - PHCMZS9045

Stream Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Medicine

School: School of Public Health and Community Medicine


Program: 9045 - Public Health


Master of Public Health (Specialisation)

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Stream Outline

Who should do this stream?

The MPH Public Security stream is for students who want to a strong grounding in public health combined with specialisation in the health aspects of disasters, emergency management and crises including epidemics, which is reflected in their Testamur.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) at UNSW Sydney is widely recognised as essential for a career in population health, including health promotion, primary health care, policy formulation, research, and management of health programs. Many of our graduates occupy key positions in health departments, non-government organisations and universities in Australia and internationally.

The Public Security specialisation provides additional grounding in the combined areas of human health aspects of bioterrorism, and disaster preparedness and response.

The specialisation is particularly aimed at first-responders, analysts or policy makers from health, emergency management, law enforcement, military or other relevant backgrounds who have an interest in developing their public health knowledge and experience.

Students must complete 48 units of credit in total as follows:

Stream Structure

A. MPH core courses (18 units of credit)


B. The following stream-defining courses (12 units of credit)

C. Two courses from the recommended stream electives (12 units of credit) including electives offered in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science or Arizona State University
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences courses:
Arizona State University courses:

D. One more elective (6 UOC) from a postgraduate course offered by SPHCM, Internship or Project in a public security-related topic

Stream Convenor

Dr David Muscatello (Senior Lecturer, Infectious Disease Epidemiology)
Tel: +61 (2) 9385 8659

Dr David Heslop
Stream Co-convenor

PLuS Alliance

The Infectious Diseases Intelligence programs are part of the PLuS Alliance, a new international university partnership between UNSW, Arizona State University and King's College London.

Students enrolled in this degree will be able to complete specific electives online from Arizona State University. Further information can be found on the SPHCM PLus Alliance website.

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