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Study infectious diseases

Learn to anticipate, assess and manage complex health events
The Master of Health Security commenced at the University in 2016 and was the first degree of its kind in the world.

Master of Health Security

Are you a health professional, policymaker, government official or security sector specialist? Learn to manage complex health events and their social and economic consequences with this intellectually rigorous, flexible, multidisciplinary program of study. You can draw on diverse areas of study including agriculture, health sciences, medicine, nursing, public health, political science, law and business. 

This program addresses the challenge of responding to adverse health events at local and global levels. It covers:

  • emerging diseases (animal, plant and human)
  • laboratory safety and regulation (biosafety)
  • biodefence
  • quarantine and border control
  • planetary health (and new challenges such as synthetic biology).

Find out more about the Master of Health Security

As part of the Master of Health Security program, students undertake a work placement locally or overseas. To encourage students to undertake this unit, the Marie Bashir Institute offers five $1,000 scholarships each year. To apply:

Postgraduate research degrees

The Marie Bashir Institute fosters multidisciplinary research in antimicrobial resistance, central nervous system infections, politics and ethics of infection, health food systems, integrated primary healthcare, mass-gathering medicine, and zoonoses.

Apply to higher degree research in the area of infectious diseases through these programs:

  1. Master of Philosophy
  2. Doctor of Philosophy