Health Security

Over the past decade there have been a number of unanticipated adverse health events including the 2003 SARS outbreak, the 2007 Australian equine influenza outbreak, the 2008 melamine contamination of Chinese infant formula, the 2009 influenza pandemic, and the 2014 Ebola outbreak to name but a few. New pathogens continue to emerge and successfully cross species’ barriers to cause new disease in humans (e.g. MERS). At the same time changes to food production and consumption are creating new risks to the food chain, while scientific breakthroughs now allow for the creation of entirely new organisms not found in the natural world, prompting new security concerns and the need for new regulatory arrangements and oversight mechanisms. As several of these events have already demonstrated, the interrelationship between animal, human and plant disease-related events in a highly interconnected world are both multifaceted and complex, with implications for health, national economies, international trade, national and international security, social cohesion, political stability, and food security.

The Marie Bashir Institute based at the University of Sydney is committed to meeting this need by equipping a new generation of professionals with the knowledge and skills to manage complex human, animal and plant health emergencies and the multisectoral impacts arising from such events.

The Master of Health Security program offers students an intellectually rigorous, flexible, interdisciplinary program of study and research that provides a pathway for those who are either interested in pursuing a career in health security, or are already working in roles with responsibility for dealing with health-related crises. In addition, the degree also contains study options that provide a pathway for entry into higher degrees by research (e.g. PhD), allowing students to pursue a career in research and/or academia.

Contact
Associate Professor Adam Kamradt-Scott
Phone: +61 2 9351 8986
Email:

Specialisations

Students choose one of three specialisations within the Master of Health Security:

- Human and Animal Health
- Biodefense and Biosafety
- Agrosecurity (animal and agriculture biosecurity)

Research pathway (optional)

Students wishing to undertake a higher degree by research at the conclusion of the course are encouraged to complete the following units of study:

CISS6009 Research Essay
CISS6010 Research Essay II

Awards and Requirements

Please refer to the degree resolutions in this Handbook for information on the specific admission requirements for different coursework award courses.

Graduate Certificate in Health Security
To be awarded the Graduate Certificate in in Health Security, students complete 24 credit points of core units of study, including

  • a minimum of 12 credit points of core units of study; and
  • a maximum of 12 credit points of core elective units of study

Graduate Diploma in Health Security
To be awarded the Graduate Diploma in in Health Security, students complete a total of 48 credit points including:

  • a minimum of 24 credit points from core units of study
  • a maximum of 24 credit points from elective units of study

Master of Health Security
To be awarded the Master of in Health Security, students complete a total of 96 credit points including:

  • a minimum of 24 credit points from core units of study; and
  • a minimum of 36 credit points from core elective units of study, including a specialisation; and
  • a maximum of 30 credit points of elective units of study. With the permission of the Degree Coordinator, a maximum of 6 credit points of elective units can be taken from units of study outside those listed in the Master of Health Security subject area of the Postgraduate unit of Study Table, including units of study offered by other faculties and;
  • a minimum of 6 credit points of capstone units of study

Candidates who have completed previous study in a relevant discipline may be eligible for a reduction in the requirements in accordance with the table below.

Level of prior learning Full-time duration Credit points to complete
AQF Level 7 e.g. a bachelor's degree in a directly relevant field in the Humanties, Social Sciences, Law, Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Medicine 1.5 years (dependent on the specialisation selected) 72
Relevant professional experience equivalent to a Graduate Certificate 1.5 yrs 72
AQF Level 8 e.g. Honours in a relevant discipline 1 year 48