The field of public health is ever evolving. Our flexible and innovative courses help you to develop specialist knowledge across public health care, prevention and promotion, to ensure you graduate ready to lead and transform the lives of others.
Professor Andrew Hayen
Course coordinator, Public Health
Professor Andrew Hayen is a biostatistician and Professor of Public Health in the Faculty of Health at UTS. Andrew is the coordinator of the UTS Master of Public Health course. He graduated from the University of Sydney with First Class Honours and the University Medal in mathematical statistics, before completing a Master of Biostatistics and a PhD in mathematical statistics.
Hayen is currently the President of the Australasian Epidemiological Association. He is a widely cited and respected researcher in his field, having published over 120 refereed articles in a range of prestigious international journals, including the British Medical Journal, the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Graduates of this Master degree can pursue opportunities in a range of public health roles in government and private sectors, as well as the not-for-profit sector. Public health professionals can specialise in disciplines such as environmental health, epidemiology, health education, health policy, and health promotion.
Dr Sungwon Chang
Senior Lecturer, Public Health
Dr Sungwon Chang is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Health who is building a national track record in biostatistics, health data linkage and justice health. Sungwon has many years of experience in teaching biostatistics, epidemiology, population health and research methods in Bachelors of Medicine, Bachelors of Health Sciences and the UTS Master of Public Health.
She has also collaborated on a number of National health and Medical Research Council-funded projects and other competitive grants. She was awarded a competitive UTS Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in 2013. Sungwon is also on the editorial boards of both the Journal of Cardiology and Therapy and the Critical Care Journal. She is also a statistical reviewer for the Journal of Clinical Nursing and provides regular peer reviews for numerous journals.
Public health is a critical part of protecting and improving the health of entire populations at multiple levels in Australia, regionally and globally. I am very committed to working with students and organisations on real-life issues to ensure trans-disciplinary evidence based responses to improving the health of communities through education, policy making and research.
Dr Angela Dawson
Associate Professor, Public Health
Dr Angela Dawson is a public health social scientist with expertise in maternal and reproductive health service delivery to priority populations. Angela has undertaken research into women’s access to abortion in Australia and emergency contraceptive pills in Cambodia, as well as the management and referral of women who have experienced domestic violence.
She has over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has written numerous reports and papers for governments and United Nations bodies. She has over 17 years of experience in the areas of Indigenous Australian and international health, primary health care services, workforce development, health promotion and health communication. Angela has also designed programmes to develop dialogue and debate between journalists and public health practitioners in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.
There is not a health system in the world that can function without a thriving public health sector. Public health is about improving the lives of all of the population, increasing equity and enhancing the lives of the population. It could not be more important.
Associate Professor Elizabeth Denney-Wilson
Associate Professor, Faculty of Health
Associate Professor Elizabeth Denney-Wilson delivers the subjects Principles of Primary Health Care and Health Promotion within the UTS Master of Public Health. Elizabeth is a public health researcher with expertise in obesity epidemiology, developing and evaluating public health and primary health care interventions to prevent and manage excess weight.
She is a chief investigator for a new Centre of Research Excellence in obesity management and prevention (COMPaRE-PHC). Denney-Wilson is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society; the Australian Association for Academic Primary Care; and the Australasian Child and Adolescent Obesity Research Network.
Health should not be determined by wealth, status or fortune. It is a fundamental human right.
Dr Jane Frawley
Lecturer, Faculty of Health
Dr Jane Frawley is a postdoctoral research associate working in the UTS Faculty of Health. Jane completed a Bachelor of Health Science and a Master of Clinical Science before completing a PhD (Public Health) in 2015, investigating women’s health service utilisation during pregnancy with a particular focus on decision making, attitudes to health care, information seeking and complementary medicine use.
She is an editor for the Australian Journal of Herbal Medicine, and an adjunct investigator for the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health; and the 45 and up study. Jane is also on the Therapeutic Good Administration’s advisory committee on complementary medicines.
Whatever one’s professional background, I believe that learning about adolescent and youth health starts with self-reflection and being able to listen to the voices of young people. The health of young people is shaped by micro and macro factors that we need to understand in order to inform public policy and practice. Youth participation is at the core of any meaningful public health strategies.
Associate Professor Melissa Kang
Associate Professor, Faculty of Health
Associate Professor Melissa Kang’s passion for working with and for young people has defined her career. She is an academic, a clinician and a public health advocate. Melissa’s research has taken a population health approach, with major projects exploring access to health care, health system navigation and young people’s sexuality and sexual health. She has skills in complex mixed method research, and high level project management expertise.
Melissa’s academic and clinical roles over 20 years have forged links between grass roots clinicians, service managers, the youth health sector, government and policy makers, educators and researchers. She is a strong advocate for young people’s rights, especially their rights to health: health literacy, health access, and youth participation.
The Master in Public Health degree offers students flexibility in their learning, with a wide range of electives, providing them with the opportunity to specialise in a particular field of public health.
Professor David Sibbritt
Professor of Epidemiology, Faculty of Health
Professor Sibbritt is a Professor of Epidemiology and a highly experienced quantitative researcher. His main program of research is focused on public health, with a particular attention on women’s health as well as in the field of chronic disease research more generally. He has produced over 200 peer reviewed academic publications.
I encourage students to critically evaluate evidence beyond an individual level. Regardless if you are a physician, nurse, midwife, psychologist, pharmacist, medical scientist, health researcher, or community worker using epidemiology and biostatistics skills, it is paramount that health professionals systematically review the current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients or the delivery of health services.
Associate Professor Alex Wang
Director, Research Studies, Faculty of Health
Dr Alex Wang is a clinical epidemiologist and statistician. His broad research area is reproduction, pregnancy and birth outcomes. Alex has extensive experience in epidemiological study design, database development, data linkage and statistical analysis in the field of reproductive and perinatal health. Alex has published extensively in these fields, producing over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, 12 national or bi-national reports, a book chapter and a monograph.
He has also presented his research at several national and international conferences.
Dr Jon Wardle
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health
Dr Jon Wardle is a lecturer at the UTS Faculty of Health with a clinical background in naturopathy and nursing and postgraduate training in public health and law.
Jon is the head of the Regulatory, Policy and Legislative Stream of the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine. He is also a core committee member of the Public Health Association of Australia’s Research Advisory Group, which promotes and advocates for public health research and development.
Jon has worked on complementary medicine and primary healthcare policy in Australia, the UK, Germany, the US, Latin America and India, and holds editorial positions on a number of journals, including editor-in-chief at the International Journal of Naturopathic Medicine and Advances in Integrative Medicine.