About our school
Welcome from the Head of School
Since the inception of its medical degree, the Bachelor of Medicine, in 1978, the School of Medicine and Public Health has consistently delivered education programs and research outcomes that are internationally recognised for their innovation and excellence. The School was the first in Australia to offer problem-based learning in its medical degree; and we have continued to deliver education programs and conduct research of the highest calibre for over 30 years.
Our mission is to make a positive difference to the health of people in the Hunter, Australia and the world by being at the forefront of Australian medical and population health education and research for the 21st century.
The University of Newcastle continues to be at the centre of innovation through the establishment of the Joint Medical Program (JMP), an expansion of the highly successful Bachelor of Medicine program. Set up in 2008, the JMP is a unique partnership with the University of New England, Hunter New England and Central Coast Local Health District. The JMP was created with the specific aim of addressing the chronic health workforce shortage that exists in remote, rural and regional communities.
The School offers postgraduate coursework programs delivered on-line through Grad School and on campus in the areas of: applied management (Health), clinical epidemiology, medical statistics, public health and health science specialising in drug and alcohol, stroke management.
The School of Medicine and Public Health is the highest earner of research income in the University attracting more than $20 million in external research funding. It is affiliated with one of Australia's more innovative health and medical research institutes, the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), which has pioneered the integration of a multi-campus university and hospital-based research. The School contributes to the University's Priority Research Centres in the areas of Asthma and Respiratory Diseases, Brain and Mental Health, Reproductive Science and Gender, Health and Ageing and Bioinformatics.
The School endeavours to ensure that the research undertaken will be of relevance and make a lasting and positive contribution to the people of our communities and be in keeping with our overall mission. Our teaching encourages students to identify their roles in serving the needs of the community and partnerships with Hunter New England and Central Coast Local Health Districts support this.
Professor Ian Symonds
Head, School of Medicine and Public Health
The University of Newcastle