PUBH5703 Public Health Project (part-time)

12 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit is a substantive project which can be completed by students in the Master of Public Health course as an alternative to the 24-point dissertation. The project gives students practice and experience in synthesising the skills they have learned during the Master of Public Health. Students may choose to plan a research project that includes conducting a review of a body of scientific literature, writing a literature review and a detailed project proposal, development of instruments, an ethics committee application and preparing an analysis plan. Alternatively, students may undertake a systematic review of the literature around a specific management issue in the style of a Cochrane review.
Students are able to (1) to conceptualise a research question and/or objectives; (2) to gain advanced knowledge in an area of research; (3) to develop advanced skills in report writing and research dissemination; (4) to gain an understanding of ethics and the ethics application process; (5) to develop skills in structured reviews of the literature or in conducting original research; and (6) to develop project management skills.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) project proposal and (2) project report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the project proposal component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Assistant Professor Ian Li
Unit rules
Students are required to achieve a mark of at least 70 per cent in the following units: i) PUBH4403 Epidemiology I; ii) PUBH5749 Foundations of Public Health
PUBH5754 Health Promotion, and; iii) PUBH4401 Biostatistics I
PUBH5805 Qualitative Research Methods. With reference to requirement (iii) in the above, the requirement to score 70 per cent
above is based on whether the research project to be undertaken is quantitative
qualitative in nature.
Advisable prior study:
completion of relevant coursework units prior to enrolling in the unit
Contact hours
Regular meeting with supervisor as required
Unit Outline
Students can choose to take PUBH5701 Public Health Project (full-time) in semester one or semester two. Alternatively, students can take PUBH5703 Public Health Project (part-time) in semester one and semester two. Students should enrol in the unit(s) appropriate to their needs after discussion with the School of Population Health's Director of Postgraduate Studies.
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