PUBH652 - Public Health Research Thesis B

20 cp
Prerequisites HLSC641 Introduction to Health Sciences Research; PUBH651 Public Health Research Thesis (Part B)
Incompatible PUBH650 Public Health Capstone
Teaching Organisation

Research is the process of the generation of new knowledge. It is a cornerstone of public health. Research in public health requires the consideration of the perspectives of multiple stakeholders. For this reason, it is broad in scope covering several disciplines and professions and including mixed methodologies. Large scale laboratory type experiments are not possible in public health. Rather, public health research addresses multiple socio-environmental influences through interventions directed at developing public policy, strengthening community action, creating supportive environments in ‘real world’ settings (e.g. tobacco control, transport policy). Examples of public health research include systematically reviewing research evidence to answer focussed questions, trend analysis, evaluating the impact of ‘natural’ experiments and economic modelling. Public health research seeks to understand program effects (‘process’ analysis) in contrast to just measuring them.

Over the course of two units (PUBH651 Thesis A and PUBH652 Thesis B) across two semesters (one unit per semester), students will design, undertake and report on research they conduct under approved academic supervision. In PUBH651 Thesis A, students conduct the first phase of the research project, providing the background and rationale through the completion of a literature review and research proposal. Within the current unit (PUBH652 Thesis B), students build on the work completed in PUBH651, conducting their research project (as outlined in the research proposal written in PUBH 651 Thesis A) under approved academic supervision within applicable time and resource constraints. The aim of this unit is to enable students to apply their knowledge of health research by conducting independent research and producing and presenting a well written public health research thesis.