“Plus Alliance” – a unique opportunity to study across UNSW, ASU and KCL

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.

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




Public Health

Master of Public health

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. Read more

Master of International Public Health

The Master of International Public Health (MIPH) is recognised as a sought-after qualification in international health. The MIPH program provides the basic professional education and training for graduates to work internationally in health departments, with non-government organisations, and with international and bi-lateral aid agencies. Read more

Master of Public Health (International) – Indian nationals only

The MPH (International) has been developed in partnership with India's leading private health organisation, Apollo and its education arm, Medvarsity. Read more

Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence

This program builds on principles of epidemiology and public health toward infectious diseases intelligence in the era of new and emerging infectious disease threats in a rapidly changing global landscape. The MIDI is suitable for candidates wanting more intensive and focused learning in infectious diseases, who do not require the general grounding in public health provided in the Master of Public Health core subjects. This program is available fully online, fully face-to-face, or in a combination of modes. If taken as a Plus Alliance Program, electives need to be chosen from Arizona State University.

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Masters of Public Health in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing

The Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing stream provides significant opportunities to examine Indigenous specific content. Read more

Masters of Public Health in Health Economic Evaluation

This specialisation provides students with an understanding of the use and purpose of economic analyses in healthcare and the required skills to apply economic evaluation to assess the costs and benefits of healthcare programs. Read more

Masters of Public Health in Promotion

The field of health promotion encompasses a wide range of strategies and sectors, with the social determinants of health providing a platform for analyses and action. Health promotion effectiveness and impact depends on a workforce that is equipped with the core skills to implement current knowledge, yet flexible and adaptable to change. Read more

Masters of Public Health in Infectious Diseases Control

This specialisation provides students with strong training in the principles of infectious diseases epidemiology, prevention and control. Students also can undertake a small-scale research project or internship as part of the program. Read more

Masters of Public Health in International Health

This stream aims to ensure that participants are familiar with the global context for health and development from a public health perspective. As well as understanding distribution of health and disease, and public health interventions available to tackle them, they will also critically evaluate the social, political and economic contexts that shape the global health. Read more

Masters of Public Health in Primary Health Care

This specialisation equips students to work as clinicians and managers and to contribute and respond to current developments in primary health care services in Australia and internationally. Read more

Masters of Public Health in Public Security

This degree presents a range of subjects to equip graduates with advanced public health skills as well as skills in health aspects of disasters and terrorism. Public health practitioners, clinicians, emergency services, police and the military need to be aware of these risks and have the public health knowledge and skills to understand and respond effectively to them. Read more

Masters of Public Health in Quantitative Research Methods

Epidemiology and biostatistics are fundamental disciplines that underpin public health and clinical research. The stream is designed to allow students to evaluate research and develop the skills to undertake their own research requiring quantitative research methods. Read more

Masters of Public Health in Social Research

This specialisation provides students with training in sociological conceptualisations of health and in approaches to health issues using both quantitative / epidemiological and qualitative / interpretive methods. Read more


PhD and Higher Degree Research Programs Read more


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program is recognition of successful research experience. The PhD is designed as advanced research in a specialised area and comprises 100% research. Candidates are expected to submit an original thesis which substantially contributes to knowledge in the field. Read more


Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)

The UNSW Future Health Leaders Program is a work-place based 3-year professional doctorate for candidates identified by the workplace as future leaders. The focus of training will be: Health Management, Public Health, Health Leadership. The training is provided while candidates work full-time in their workplace, with a week of intensive workshops in August on campus each semester.


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Master of Philosophy in Public Health (MPhil)

It is a research degree designed to provide research training for candidates who wish to develop competence in research in Public Health, or who wish to progress to a PhD. Research training is supplemented with coursework to provide in-depth discipline skills and/or skills in relevant research methods. Read more


Master by Research (MRes)

The Masters by Research programs are designed primarily as training in advanced work and comprise 100% research. Read more


Dual Degrees

18-month dual degree: Complete two Masters degrees in: Public Health, Health Management, International Public Health

2-year dual degree: Complete two Masters degrees with the addition of an extension semester which includes a research project


INFECTIOUS DISEASES SUBJECTS - no university has the range that we offer!

Immunisation Policy and Practice

This course is designed for those working in public health or related disciplines who have an interest in immunisation, and would like to broaden their knowledge and skills. This course will provide students with a comprehensive appreciation of vaccine-preventable disease epidemiology and national immunisation policies relevant to low, middle and high resourced countries and in the context of global immunisation goals. Read more


Bioterrorism and health intelligence

This course presents an innovative new approach to critically evaluating risks and responses to biosecurity threats to human health in the modern age. Our systems, thinking, training, legislation and policies have lagged far behind momentous changes in science, leaving us vulnerable to population-level harm from bioterrorism. Synthetic viruses and genetic engineering of pathogens are a reality, with a rapid acceleration of dual-use research of concern (DURC), which is research intended for good which may also be used to cause harm to humans. The public availability of methods for DURC genetic engineering, risks of laboratory accidents, coupled with the insider threat, poses an unprecedented risk for global biosecurity. Read more


Infectious Diseases Intelligence

Infectious Diseases Intelligence (IDI) equips graduates with advanced analytical skills in infectious diseases intelligence and outbreak investigation.  Ideally it should be taken with Bioterrorism and Health Intelligence or Outbreak Investigation. The latter is the introductory outbreak course,  and IDI teaches more advanced analysis of outbreaks.  Read more


Outbreak Investigation

The focus of this course is on understanding disease outbreaks and the application of methods for their investigation and control in resource limited and developed settings. The course explores a number of outbreaks from around the world in case studies, lectures, discussion forums, webinars and readings to teach principles of outbreak detection, verification, investigation, communication and control. You will learn about outbreak data analysis and interpretation, outbreaks in vulnerable populations as well as the role of the laboratory. Read more


WHO course on control of communicable diseases in humanitarian emergencies

This course is designed by WHO and UNSW for those working in public health or related disciplines in developing countries, who have an interest and experience in of management and control of communicable diseases in humanitarian emergencies (conflict, disasters, food insecurity) and who would like to improve their skills or bring their knowledge up to date to support implementation of infectious disease projects / programmes in emergency settings. Read more


Tropical Diseases Control

This course aims to equip candidates with an insight into the realities and challenges of the prevention and control of tropical diseases, and the promotion of health in developing, remote and resource poor countries, as well as a wide range of appropriate strategies to manage such challenges. The course will be based on real case scenarios and examples, presented by a wide range of public health expertise with direct practical experience. Read more


Current Challenges in Infectious Diseases

This course will introduce you to the challenges of controlling or managing infectious diseases through an appreciation of key factors such as differing modes of transmission, the impact of travel and behaviour on transmission, the importance of surveillance in achieving disease prevention and control, key steps in outbreak investigation and current disease control and management strategies. Read more


Global HIV epidemic

This course will examine the social, cultural and economic aspects of HIV worldwide. HIV, as a global pandemic, has had a major impact on morbidity and mortality worldwide. It has also had social and economic impacts, and because it’s major transmission routes includes sex and injecting drug use it has immense symbolic power. Read more


Infection Prevention and Control in The Healthcare Setting

Healthcare managers, clinicians, planners, policy makers and related disciplines will benefit from this course as it aims provide an overview of the knowledge and skills associated with infection prevention and control, surveillance and infectious disease epidemiology. National and international trends in infection prevention and control will be addressed. The course draws on recognised experts with a breath of experience, is aligned with the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards 3 and has an emphasis on practical learning experiences using real case scenarios. Read more






Mission statement

To reduce the immunisation gap between adults and children through research, teaching and advocacy, with a special focus on the elderly, high risk and vulnerable populations.

Contact Us

Professor Raina MacIntyre

Raina MacIntyre

NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Global Biosecurity.

+61 2 93850920


Dr Elizabeth Kpozehouen

Dr Elizabeth Kpozehouen

Research Associate

02 9385 0082