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Unit Overview


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.

12 points

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.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Karen Martin
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
or PUBH5754 Health Promotion, and.
iii) PUBH4401 Biostatistics I
or PUBH5805 Qualitative Research Methods.
With reference to requirement (iii) in the above, the requirement to score 70 per cent
or above is based on whether the research project to be undertaken is quantitative
or 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
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.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.