• Offered by National Ctre for Epidemiology & Population Health
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Population Health
  • Areas of interest Public Health
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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This course provides students with an opportunity to pursue independent research on a epidemiology topic of their choice in discussion with the convenor and/or an academic mentor. The course can be tailored to the particular needs and interests of the student and involves researching the scientific literature relevant to the topic, leading to a detailed written review and an oral presentation. A strong background in epidemiology is expected.

Students will engage in significant self-directed learning to develop a clear and interesting research question, bring evidence to bear on this question, provide a critical analysis of the epidemiological methods used and discuss the implications of the findings in a well-articulated and analytical manner. The course includes research skills workshops, ‘journal club’ discussions and presentation sessions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will be able to:


1. Plan and engage in an independent investigation and evaluation of a chosen research topic relevant to public health by researching the epidemiological literature

2. Systematically interpret, synthesise and critically analyse appropriate and relevant information sources

3. Identify and integrate relevant epidemiological concepts, skills and knowledge from previous courses, relate these to the research methods and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions

4. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of a public health question, including the current state of research, implications for policy and practice, and potential avenues to advance knowledge in the area

5. Develop information literacy and practical research skills applicable to a wide range of public health questions

6. Communicate research concepts and contexts clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing

Indicative Assessment

A written review (80%) and oral presentation (20%) of the research topic.

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It is expected that the student will spend at least 60 hours on the literature research project, including independent research and contact hours for research skills workshops, ‘journal club’ discussions, presentation sessions and meetings with the course convenor and/or academic mentor as required.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed POPH8100 and POPH8101 and must be enrolled in Master of Public Health or Master of Public Health (Adv.)

Prescribed Texts

Webb P, Bain C, Pirozzo S. Essential Epidemiology: An Introduction for Students and Health Professionals. 2nd Ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011

Assumed Knowledge

Typically, students in this course will have already completed the first semester of their MPH program. A strong background in epidemiology is expected.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3507 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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