The Master of Health Leadership and Management (Extension)/Infectious Disease Intelligence degree enables you to specialise in both infectious disease intelligence and health management and develop research skills and apply them while undertaking a scholarly project.

You will be provided with advanced disciplinary knowledge and skills to undertake infectious diseases prevention and control, and health services management roles in government, community and health service settings in Australia and internationally. The degree will equip you with the specialised skills and leadership needed for professional practice in control of infectious diseases and for research and evidence based professional practice.

The program fosters judgment-ready practitioners who can contribute to improving population health and work across a range of contexts including ministries and departments of health, government and non-government and voluntary organisations, primary care and community healthcare services in both public and private sectors.

Program Code




Total units of credit (UOC)




Why choose this degree?

Gain a sophisticated understanding and application across a complex body of multidisciplinary knowledge including infectious diseases intelligence, leadership and workforce management, strategic planning and change management, quality improvement, and health program and policy design, implementation and evaluation. Expand your knowledge and skills in health management and infectious disease research by undertaking an advanced research project.

Who should choose this degree?

Anyone wishing to learn key skills and concepts needed for professional practice in population health and/or the prevention, identification, assessment and control of infectious diseases.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Public healthcare
  • Private healthcare
  • NGO sector
  • International organisations
  • Academic/ research institutes

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have either:

An undergraduate degree in a field relevant to public health or health management (see list below)* and two years full-time professional or volunteer experience. This may also include equivalent professional experience acquired as part of a degree of 4 or more years duration (e.g. MBBS, MD).


An undergraduate degree plus an honours or postgraduate degree in a field relevant to public health or health management*. [*Examples include, but are not restricted to, medicine, nursing, allied health, health sciences, biomedical sciences, dentistry, social work, sociology, behavioural and social sciences, psychology, marketing, human services, emergency services, environmental health, veterinary science, health administration, business, management, engineering, law, science, mathematics and statistics, economics, policy studies and development studies.]

In exceptional circumstances, applications will be considered for entry where the applicant has extensive professional health or public health experience but does not hold a formal qualification in a relevant discipline. Applications will be assessed in accordance with University Admissions and Recognition of Prior Learning Policies. Please contact postgrad-sphcm@unsw.edu.au for further information.

Please contact the School of Public Health and Community Medicine for advice about entry requirements.

How to apply

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



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


^There is a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places available for this degree. The indicative tuition fee for domestic postgraduate students shown is for fee paying students, not students in Commonwealth Supported Places. To find out more about the student contribution amounts for Commonwealth Supported Places visit Postgraduate Commonwealth Support.

*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.

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