This topic is taught and assessed as a continuum.
This topic will allow students to design, develop and implement a piece of public health research, equivalent to 18 units. It facilitates the synthesis of knowledge gained during the whole course within a single piece of supervised research, cumulating in the production of a dissertation. Throughout the dissertation, students will develop an understanding of both the research process and research skills required to undertake supervised research. The dissertation will demonstrate a thorough search and critical appraisal of current literature and previous research in the topic area. It must also provide a clear description of and demonstrate competence in, research methods appropriate to the topic. In addition, the dissertation must include justification of the use of the chosen method(s) in preference to others. Emphasis must also be given to interpreting the results of the research in terms of how they can influence policy or practice in public health.
The choice of research projects for the Dissertation topic will be dependent upon the available areas of expertise of the teaching staff.
This topic aims to provide students, in a supported and supervised environment, with the theory and practice of developing all stages of a research project applicable to public health policy or practice. These stages will include a critical review of published information in the topic area, description and justification of choice of research methodology, research design and method(s), collection and analysis of data, and interpretation of findings in relation to contemporary literature and theory.