This unit (HMG7430) of study provides students the opportunity, under guidance from a supervisor, to propose a research question, develop skills in research data collection, analysis and interpretation and present and write a thesis on topics related to public health nutrition or active living. The research topic will be negotiated between the student and supervisor and will involve research within the field of public health either in Australian and/or international context. Students are required to demonstrate a high-level knowledge of ethical fieldwork procedures and seek timely ethics approval, as appropriate. Students will draw upon preliminary work already completed in the pre-requisite unit Research Methods in Public Health.

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HMG7950 - Research Methods in Public Health

Students are required to achieve a Distinction or above in HMG7950.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Exhibit an integrated and comprehensive understanding of literature relating to an approved topic;  
  2. Successfully apply for ethical approval to undertake their research;  
  3. Determine suitable study design, research questions and suitable methods for data collection and analysis;  
  4. Critically analyse and reflect on information and research with the aim of contributing to a contemporary or emerging body of knowledge or practice;  
  5. Interpret and disseminate research information to a range of specialist and non-specialist audiences; and  
  6. Utilise specialised cognitive and technical skills to independently plan, design and produce a minor research thesis which aligns with conventions for academic scholarship.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation 20 minute oral presentation given at the conclusion of the unit 20%
Thesis The thesis will comprise a ‘ready-for-submission’ journal article (6,000 words) with an expanded methods section (additional 2000–3000 words) 80%
The journal article manuscript will normally be assessed by at least two examiners with appropriate expertise.

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