Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Biswajit Banik


This unit provides an opportunity for high achieving students to experience public health research in practice. Application forms for this unit can be obtained from med-sphpm-ugenq@monash.edu. A strict quota applies and entry is based on academic performance. Students will be placed with a current public health/epidemiological research project and will undertake specific tasks within the project as well as being exposed to the broader research environment. The specific tasks undertaken will vary, but may include, for example, dealing with recruitment of study participants, data collection and management and analysis of findings. Students will apply research skills acquired in years 1-2 of their degree, in areas such as dealing with bias and confounding, developing data collection tools, managing and analyzing data, and ethical practices in the research environment. Students will prepare oral and written presentations relating to: their specific task/s; the research project with which they are working; and the research process more generally. This unit is particularly designed for students who are considering a research career, via an Honours degree and postgraduate study.


On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge and skills of research design, methodology and data analysis in the practice of public health/epidemiological research
  2. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the practical and methodological issues in conducting public health/epidemiological research
  3. Critically reflect on the skills required for good research practice, including professional, ethical and practical issues
  4. Present oral and written reports of research processes and research outcomes.


1. First oral presentation- 10 mins: 15%
2. Written report outlining the student's involvement in the main project:20%
3. Progress report: Tick off
4. Final oral presentation- 20 mins: 15%
5. Final report: this will summarize the student's work throughout the semester: 30%
6. Supervisor's assessment, including attendance: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

3 contact hours per week plus 9 hours per week private study



Students must be enrolled in one of the following degrees: Bachelor of Health Science 3882 or Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Business 4503