Research Project: Global Health

Subject POPH90221 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours: attendance at a half-day research training skills workshop (week 1 of semester), approximately fortnightly supervisor meetings, attendance at a half-day session of student presentations (week 5), attendance at two full day sessions for student oral presentations (week 11).
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Students must have either POPH90189 OR POPH90231

In addition to the subjects below students must also have other MPH subjects that are relevant to the proposed research project.

Students entering the MPH from 2011 must have a weighted average mark of at least 70% for all relevant subjects to be eligible to enrol in the research project. Successful research project applicants will be selected on the basis of academic merit.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Subject Overview:

Students will develop and address a research question in an area of Global Public Health which can be answered by a critical review of the published and unpublished literature, by the analysis of an existing data set or the development of a research protocol. Supervisors will be health professionals in active practice in global health.

Objectives: At the end of this subject, students are expected to be able to:

  • Develop a research question on a global health theme,
  • Justify the research question using available evidence,
  • Summarise, analyse and interpret research findings,
  • Write reports suitable for use by public health practitioners or write manuscripts for publication.

A 15 minute work in progress oral presentation due during the fifth week of semester (10%); a 30 minute final oral presentation due during the 11th week of the semester (20%); a written submission, suitable for publication of between 5,000 and 8,000 words, due during the examination period (70%). Students must pass the written research report (hurdle).

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: Upon completion of this subject, students will have developed skills in:

  • Critical thinking and analysis,
  • Initiative, autonomy and organization,
  • Problem-solving,
  • Finding, evaluating and using relevant information,
  • Oral communication,
  • Written communication.
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Related Course(s): Master of Public Health
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Global Health

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