Degree details

The UNSW Bachelor of International Public Health (BIPH) is a unique, flexible and fully online program. The course material has been developed by three of the world's leading universities; UNSW Sydney, Arizona State University (USA) and King's College London (UK) as part of the PLuS Alliance. Drawing on the teaching and research strengths of this Alliance, students are provided the unique opportunity to learn from academics and with a broad range of of peers from across the globe.

The BIPH has been designed to consider public health through the lens of global development issues. Given this focus the BIPH highlights important interactions between the social, biological and environmental determinants of health and focuses on interventions for strengthening sustainable development and health, locally and globally.

The knowledge and skillset students’ acquire through the BIPH will equip them for professional careers in a wide range of contexts. Graduates of the course will be ready to work in both Australian public health roles and in international development, as well as be ready to transition to a higher degree, including graduate medicine or a Masters program.

Graduates of this degree will be equipped to work in a range of public health areas, both domestically and internationally. These will include: health promotion, environmental health, disease surveillance, policy development, and research. Potential careers include: public health officer, health promotion/education officer, health information manager, community health officer, policy officer/analyst, program or project administrator, public health advocate, epidemiologist, health communications specialist, amongst many others. Potential employers include: government agencies (such as health departments), research centres, international non‐ government organisations and development agencies, as well as the private sector.

Professional recognition

The BIPH is consistent with U.S. accreditation standards and recommendations of the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions in Australia (CAPHIA).
The degree equips students for approaches to emerging global and public health issues including infectious diseases, chronic diseases, health problems caused by climate change, and global health systems.

Career objectives

The BIPH takes an international focus and courses have an emphasis on increasing understanding and improving the health of populations worldwide. To ensure coherence, the course is designed to address crosscutting themes universally applicable to public health including advocacy, community dynamics, critical thinking, cultural competence, independent work, research methods, systems thinking, and teamwork and leadership. The course culminates in a capstone. The capstone will enable students to consolidate and integrate their knowledge and skills by being immersed in a real-life project through a field-based placement or a research project.

Higher education

Applicants who have undertaken at least three-quarters of a standard full-time study load (0.75 full-time equivalent) at a Bachelor degree level or higher, will have their tertiary studies taken into account. Applicants may also be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning.

Secondary education

Applicants with secondary studies who have a Selection Rank (ATAR + Adjustment Factors) of 80 or higher are guaranteed a place within the BIPH program*. There are no prerequisites for enrolment in this course, however, an understanding of maths is advantageous.

*  Guaranteed Entry is only applicable if BIPH is listed as the applicant’s highest eligible preference in UAC. This information is applicable to 2019 and may be subject to change in future.

VET studies

Applicants who hold a completed AQF advanced diploma, diploma, associate diploma or certificate IV or equivalent, are eligible to be considered for admission.

Work and Life

  • Applicants who have completed their Senior Secondary studies more than five years ago are eligible to be considered for admission on the basis of their ATAR (or equivalent).
  • Applicants who will be 21 years old or older by 1st March 2019 may be eligible for admission to BIPH by undertaking UAC’s Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).

For a full list of entry requirements for BIPH please visit UNSW Future Students website

English Proficiency Requirements

A sound proficiency with the English language is required.

Special requirements

Reliable internet access and ability to participate in video conferencing.

On campus requirements

There are no on-campus requirements. This program can be completed fully online. Students have the option to take the two General Education (GenEd) courses in the internal mode.

Students who have completed comparable university level course to those offered as part of the BIPH may apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL).  Applications for RPL must be lodged and approved prior to the commencement of the course for which credit or an exemption is being sought. Once a student has commenced a course, applications for credit for or exemption from that course are not permitted.

Assessment of RPL requires judgement about: whether the prior learning meets the admission criteria specified for the program; how accurately the prior learning demonstrated in the application matches the learning outcomes of the UNSW program or courses; the units of credit to be conceded in the form of one or more courses; and, the type of credit being applied for (for example, specified credit for a block of courses in a program).

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate theoretical understanding and application of key concepts, principles, theories and frameworks used in public health and its related disciplines or areas of practice within local and global contexts;
  2. Identify, analyse and communicate epidemiological data for interpreting patterns of health, disease and injury within populations and propose potential public health interventions to prevent, protect and/or control harms to health and wellbeing;
  3. Scope and justify the design and evaluation of disease prevention strategies for communicable and non‐communicable diseases relevant to a range of health settings/contexts;
  4. Critically discuss international or national or state or regional priority health problems relevant to specific populations or communities and evaluate evidence‐based health promotion strategies;
  5. Demonstrate understanding of the regulatory, ethical and health system structures within which public health policy and practice is undertaken and the implications for contributing to change to address emerging global public health issues;
  6. Demonstrate capacity to critically reflect on own professional strengths for working collaboratively, with cultural sensitivity and informed by values of social justice and evidence–based practice.

Recommended Study Pattern

Full Time or Part Time

  • Students must complete at least 30 units of credit (UOC) of Level 1 courses before enrolling in Level 2 courses
  • Students must complete at least 48 units of credit (UOC) before enrolling in Level 3 courses
  • PHCM2006 Public Health Policy & Programs is a pre‐requisite for PHCM3005 Comparative Health Systems
  • PHCM2001, PHCM2002, PHCM2004 are recommended before enrolling in Principles of Prevention & Public Health Surveillance (PHCM2005).
  • Students must have completed all level 1 and level 2 courses, and ‘Applied Public Health Practice’ (PHCM3007), before enrolling in Public Health Capstone (PHCM3003).

Year 1 (48 UOC)

Year 2 (48 UOC)

Year 3 (48 UOC)

Students must have completed all level 1 and level 2 courses, and ‘Applied Public Health Practice’ (PHCM3007), before enrolling in Public Health Capstone (PHCM3003). 

The capstone is a required component of the BIPH and provides students with opportunity over ten weeks to be immersed in a field placement in a public health organisation locally or internationally or complete a research project.  The capstone allows students to integrate their knowledge and skills from across the program, focus in on their particular area of interest for future practice and gain real-world experience. Students are supported by UNSW in identifying a suitable field placement or a research project to match their area of public health interest and will be supervised throughout. When undertaking a placement in a local or international organisation, students will have the opportunity to learn practical skills and network with practitioners in the field, providing an important stepping stone for future employment.

Award Requirements

  1. The degree of Bachelor of International Public Health is awarded after the successful completion of a minimum of 144 units of credit (UOC).
  2. To fulfil these requirements, students must complete:

Depth Component ‐

  • 114 units of specified core courses, being all those prescribed in the faculty regulations for this program
  • 18 units of credit in elective courses, in accordance with UNSW and BIPH requirements

Breadth Component ‐

  • 12 units of General Education, in accordance with UNSW and BIPH requirements.

Choose your subjects


Students are to complete four electives from the list below (18 UOC):