• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Population Studies, Public Health, Health
  • Specialisation code POPH-HSPC
  • Academic career Undergraduate

The Population Health Honours specialisation is intended for students who have a broad training in a discipline related to population health and are interested in undertaking an independent research project in this field. The Honours specialisation is usually taken full time for two consecutive semesters and includes research training, in-depth analysis of current concepts in the fields as well as a substantial research project culminating in the production of a thesis. Honours is a solid foundation in the basics of research and can be an entry into many careers or a pathway to a PhD.


Admission Requirements

1. Satisfaction of the admission requirements described in the relevant honours plan.
2. A Bachelor degree with a major or equivalent in a cognate discipline with a weighted average mark equivalent to an ANU 70 per cent calculated from the 36 units (i.e. 0.75 EFTSL) of courses in the discipline, excluding 1000-level courses (i.e. introductory undergraduate courses), with the highest marks.
3. And with the written approval of an identified supervisor for the research project.


Cognate disciplines:

Population Health, Psychology, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Biology, Medical Science, Anthropology and Indigenous studies.

The following cognate areas require POPH3000 or equivalent: Data Analytics

Learning Outcomes

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

1.            Plan and engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation of a chosen research topic to generate new knowledge in an area of population health.

2.            Systematically evaluate relevant theory and concepts in population health, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence and draw appropriate conclusions.

3.            Analyse and interpret original population health research data with statistical or other evaluative processes where appropriate.

4.            Demonstrate sufficient mastery to understand and apply relevant experimental techniques and methods in population health to collect original research data.

5.            Communicate and justify complex concepts and results clearly and effectively to a variety of audiences.

Other Information

The assessment aligns with the learning outcomes and includes

18 units of honours level coursework (3 x 6 units, 37.5%, LO 2, 3, 4)

Research Thesis (60%, LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Research Presentations (2.5¬%, LO 1, 5)

Note: POPH4107 Public Health Research Project development is no longer available. Completion of POPH4315 Methods in Applied Epidemiological Research is required.

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12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

POPH4100 Fundamentals of Epidemiology
POPH4315 Methods in Applied Epidemiological Research

6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

POPH4101 Biostatistics in Population Health
SOCR4003 Qualitative Research Analysis
SOCR4008 Qualitative Social Research

30 units from completion of POPH4005 Population Health Honours Research project, which must be undertaken in consecutive semesters.

HONS4601 Final Honours Grade will be used to calculate the class of Honours and the mark. It will be calculated using the formula: Σ (mark x units) / Σ units, giving NCN and WN a nominal mark of zero.

Other Information: SOCR4008 and SCOR4003 are only available to students who are undertaking a qualitative research project. Approval for enrolment in these courses as part of Honours must be approved by the RSPH Honours convenor.


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