The Master of International Public Health / Infectious Diseases Intelligence (Extension) provides advanced disciplinary knowledge and skills to help you undertake infectious diseases prevention and control and health services management roles in government, community and health service settings with a focus on international settings.

You will gain a sophisticated understanding and application across a complex body of multidisciplinary knowledge including infectious diseases intelligence, policy design, implementation and evaluation. 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, military and first responder organisations, primary care and community healthcare services in both public and private sectors. All students in this degree will be required to complete three electives in International Health.

Please note: From 2021 this program will be called the Master of Global Health/Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence (Extension).

Program Code




Total units of credit (UOC)




Why choose this degree?

Gain a better understanding of infectious diseases in the era of new and emerging disease threats, and management approaches for the identification, assessment, prevention and control of infectious diseases and apply those skills while undertaking a research project.

Who should choose this degree?

Anyone wishing to learn key skills and concepts needed for professional practice in 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

Local students should apply via UAC and International students apply via UNSW Apply Online. Applicants must submit evidence to support their application including evidence of completed coursework and, if relevant, professional experience including a statement of service from employers outlining the duration of employment, position title and roles and responsibilities. Evidence of professional registration may also be provided.

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.]

    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.



2020 Indicative First Year Fee


2020 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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