Head of School's Welcome

Professor Terry Nolan
Professor Terry Nolan AO, Head of the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health


Since our inception in 2001 we've grown to be a leader in teaching and learning in not only traditional public health sciences, but an exciting range of inter-disciplinary areas such as social sciences, ethics and medical humanities, and molecular and genetic epidemiology. We provide public health training of the highest quality to practitioners at all levels, backgrounds, ages and career stages through a range of research-led, practically inspired programs based in fundamental principles.

This commitment to public health extends well beyond the classroom. We seek to advance discovery by fostering research that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of the population in areas including urban and rural health, indigenous and international health, the links between genomics and public health, and social sciences and humanities and health.

Through this research, and through our exceptional students and alumni, we engage at all levels within the community in informing policy across the broad range of social, economic and physical environmental factors that contribute to health. Professor Terry Nolan AO

School History

The Melbourne School of Population and Global Health (MSPGH) was established on 1 February 2001 as Australia's first School of Population Health, a landmark in the development of inter-collegiate study and research. Bringing together programs and expertise in genetic and molecular epidemiology, epidemiology and biostatistics, koori health, international mental health, women's health, health social sciences, health program evaluation, sexual health and rural health; the School was forged to strengthen capacity and services to meet health needs and improve quality and equity of care in the community through public health research, teaching and engagement.

2013 saw the incorporation of the Nossal Institute for Global Health and Nossal Institute Limited into the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, and the School underwent major academic restructuring. The School consolidated its teaching and research activities from 12 centres, units, groups and institutes into four centres, one institute and two partnership groups.

Annual Reports

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Centres & Institutes

Our academic centres, institutes and units make vital contributions to teaching, research and engagement across a number of important population and global health disciplines.

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