Over the past decade there have been a number of unanticipated adverse health events such as 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 potential implications for national economies, international trade, national and international security, social cohesion, political stability, and food security.
The Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity (MBI) based at the University of Sydney is committed to meeting this need by helping train a new generation of professionals develop the knowledge and skills to manage complex human, animal and plant health emergencies and the multisectoral impacts that can arise from such events.
The MHlthSec 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 will also contain 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.