Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence Program
The Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence (MIDI) equips graduates with advanced skills in public health aspects of infectious diseases intelligence, response, prevention and mitigation. The School of Public Health and Community Medicine has world-renowned expertise in infectious diseases, and this expertise is showcased in the program. The MIDI would be an advantage to professionals seeking a career in public health control of infectious diseases, health emergencies, outbreaks, infectious diseases risk assessment, vaccination and other infectious diseases control programs. 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.
Master of Public Health - Infectious Disease Control
The Master of Public Health in Infectious Diseases Control is offered by the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at UNSW Sydney. This specialisation provides students with strong training in the principles of infectious diseases epidemiology, prevention and control. The stream requires students to take the core course Current Challenges in Infectious Diseases, two electives where infectious diseases are the primary content focus and a third elective in which a relevant methodology is taught. Students also have the opportunity to undertake a small-scale research project or internship as part of the program. In addition to the general learning goals of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program, the stream emphasises learning outcomes in infectious disease epidemiology, surveillance and control and the use of appropriate quantitative or qualitative methodologies in respect to infectious disease data. Electives allow students to choose a content focus on tropical disease control, vaccination practice and policy, HIV and outbreak and emergencies settings. Methodological skills can be developed through advanced subjects in biostatistics and epidemiology, approaches to economic evaluation and modelling or through development of qualitative skills. There is a strong focus on problem-based learning in the stream as we believe this improves students understanding of the material. This stream provides students with an opportunity to select a combination of courses enabling specialisation in infectious diseases epidemiology and control. The name of the specialisation is reflected on the testamur and students graduate with a Master of Public Health in Infectious Diseases Control.
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. The thesis is usually expected to be between 75,000 and 100,000 words.
Professional Doctorate (UNSW Future Health Leaders Program)
The SPHCM offers a unique Professional Doctorate in Applied Public Health (DrPH) which is designed to be delivered in partnership with a suitable health workplace. The DrPH as a qualification is aimed at strengthening practitioner based knowledge and practice with graduates able to generate and use evidence within the context of real-world challenges and priorities.
As a qualification it is in line with international trends demonstrating the advantages of a professional doctorate for practitioners and leaders in public health and health management as an alternative to a PhD. Graduates of the professional doctorate are recognised as advanced health professionals and practitioner researchers who can take on senior and leadership roles within public health and health service settings.
The program provides an advanced degree through intensive theoretical training workshops and workplace based projects involving support from UNSW academic and workplace supervisors. Candidates fulfil the requirements for the DrPH while working, through workplace experience, formal education seminars and workshops, and a thesis which reflects original research undertaken through professional practice. Candidates are supervised by SPHCM academic supervisors and workplace supervisors for the duration of their candidature.
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.
The course encompasses diverse aspects from vaccine development and clinical trials, policy development, program implementation and evaluation, vaccine safety and public perceptions of risk. This course aims to provide graduates with knowledge and skills in the epidemiological principles and policy issues required to develop, implement and evaluate immunisation programs. The course draws on internationally recognised experts with a breadth of experience, and has an emphasis on practical learning experiences using real case scenarios. PHCM9050 Immunisation Policy and Practice will consist of weekly lectures and tutorials and is open to internal and external modes of enrolment.
It is important that students enrolling in the course have knowledge and experience in public health or a health-related area. Interested students, who are not enrolled in a Masters program offered by the School of Public Health and Community Medicine will need to contact the course convenor, who will assess whether they have the appropriate background, before enrolling in PHCM9050 Immunisation Policy and Practice.
Infectious Diseases Intelligence
- This course is designed to teach advanced outbreak investigation and surveillance methods.The course will provide a grounding in epidemiological pattern recognition (epidemic, endemic, sporadic) in infectious diseases for first-outbreak responders, surveillance officers, or policy makers from medicine, allied health, public health, emergency management, law enforcement, military or others from relevant backgrounds.
- Case studies in risk assessment, risk mitigation, response and prevention will be studied. These will cover Ebola virus disease, MERS-CoV, avian influenza and salmonellosis; distinguishing natural from unnatural epidemics, surveillance tools, rapid intelligence and analysis methods.
- Data quality in resource limited settings and implications for risk assessment will be examined.
- Understanding of modelling and forecasting of infectious diseases based on known transmission dynamics and patterns will also be explored.
- Preparation of first line responders to optimise usage of infectious diseases intelligence techniques will be covered, including prioritisation of data sourcing/mining, strengthening, mapping disease transmission patterns to modes of transmission, and ultimately epidemic control measures.
- This is a companion course to both Outbreak Investigation and Bioterrorism and Health Intelligence, and should be taken by anyone considering a career in epidemic response and field epidemiology.