Available in 2018

Course handbook


This course will enable students to take a Public Health/Population Health research project in a topic of interest to themselves. It will provide the opportunity to explore in depth a topic of Public Health/Population Health/Epidemiologic significance under the guidance of supervisors from the Public Health/Population/Epidemiology Academic or Health sector staff.

A minimum of two supervisors is required. A learning contract will be negotiated between the student and their supervisors at the commencement of the semester the student is enrolled. It is envisaged that a minimum of monthly meetings will be held with the student's supervisor.

Students enrolling in this course must come with a research question/idea and at least two supervisors in mind prior to commencing. Students who are considering enrolling in this course and who do not have a research question/idea should contact the course coordinator prior to the beginning of semester 2. The project may entail an in-depth review of the literature in the topic area or an analysis of an existing data set. This will be clearly set out in a learning contract to be drawn up between the Academic supervisors and the student.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

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  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate the ability to define a specific area of special interest to you in the Public Health area;

2. Demonstrate the ability to think critically about a specific area of special interest to you in the Public Health area;

3. Present a critical analysis of the relevant literature in a specific area of special interest (5000 words, not including references);

4. Undertake a secondary analysis of data in an area of Public Health.


Fortnightly meetings with academic supervisors - contract to be set up based on the topic.


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Progress Assignment

Written Assignment: Final Assignment

Contact hours

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Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Fortnight for Full Term

Regular meetings between student and academic supervisor