Research Project: Health Program Evaluation

Subject POPH90223 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

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

This subject is not offered in 2014.

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).
Total Time Commitment:

240 Hours



Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

POPH90090 may be taken concurrently.

Plus other MPH subjects that are relevant to the proposed research topic.

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.



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Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

The Research Project must be in an area of relevance to health program evaluation, and the topic must be approved by the student's supervisor(s). The research project may be:

  • the development of an evaluation plan or protocol, incorporating a critical review of relevant literature;
  • the analysis of existing evaluation data and preparation of a paper of publishable standard; or
  • the planning, implementation and reporting of a small scale evaluation,

and may include qualitative and/or quantitative research methods.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the subject students will be able to:

  • Formulate an evaluation research question,
  • Provide a rationale for the choice of evaluation research question, the evaluation design and selected data collection and analytic methods,
  • Summarise, analyse and interpret evaluation research findings,
  • Present their evaluation research as formal oral presentations,
  • Write up their evaluation research as a research report &/or as a journal manuscript or paper.

An oral presentation of 15 minutes (10 minute presentation, 5 minutes questions), due during the fifth week of semester (15%); an oral presentation of 20 minutes (15 minutes presentation, 5 minutes questions), due during the eleventh week of semester (20%); a written research report of 5000 to 8000 words, due during the examination period (65%). Students must pass the written research report (hurdle).

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On 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.
Related Course(s): Master of Public Health
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Health Program Evaluation

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