If you're studying this unit in Melbourne, it's delivered in our First Year Model from semester 1, 2018. Instead of juggling four units at once, you'll focus on this one unit across a four-week period.

This unit introduces students to the different sources of public health information and develops their skills in identifying, locating, retrieving and evaluating health literature based on evidence. While the emphasis of the unit is on scientific literature students will also be exposed to other sources of health information around evaluating health care claims. The unit introduces students to different research methodologies used in health care literature and further assists them to develop basic writing skills.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Discuss the origins and development of evidence based practice;  
  2. Evaluate the selected literature on population health using bibliographic data bases;  
  3. Discuss the validity of health care claims in the population;  
  4. Explore the various methodologies available in evidence-based practice.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Three (3) In-Class Tests (900 words) 30%
Portfolio Reflective Portfolio - two topics of public health significance (from online or printed news) 400 words each. 40%
Annotated Bibliography Annotated Bibliography of Media Health Claims and associated evidence (600 words) 30%

Required reading

Research methods in health: Foundations for evidence-based practice. 2nd ed.
Liamputtong, P. (2010)
Melbourne,Vic: Oxford university Press

Introduction to Public Health 2nd ed.
Fleming, M., Parker, E. (2011)
Churchill Livingstone: Elsevier Australia.

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