This course is available to students enrolled in the MPH, MGH, MHLM, MIDI or associated dual and extension postgraduate coursework programs, who achieve a WAM of 65 or above after completion of at least 18UoC of their program, including core courses. Students wishing to enrol in Independent studies must obtain permission from the Program Director.

 

Course Authority

Dr Kathleen Falster
(Senior Lecturer)

Course Description

The Independent Studies elective is an option for students to propose a 6UoC unit of in-depth study of a relevant public health, global health, health management or infectious diseases intelligence issue or topic that addresses specific learning outcomes not otherwise covered in core or elective courses taught by the School. Public health and health management are broad disciplines and this elective is offered to meet the diverse learning needs of our students.

The overall learning experience for students is independent study with individual supervision by an academic supervisor. Independent Studies are student-led proposals with learning outcomes, proposed study plans and assessments negotiated with academic supervisors. Students must provide a rationale for why they wish to undertake the 6UoC Independent Studies elective. Students must also identify how the learning outcomes for the Independent Studies will contribute to the broader learning outcomes of their program. Candidates are expected to demonstrate their ability to apply knowledge and skills gained in their program during their Independent Studies.

All proposals to undertake research should be submitted via the 6/12/18UoC Research Project elective options, not the Independent Studies elective.

The Independent Studies elective aims to meet the diverse learning needs of our students by facilitating the option for students to propose a 6UoC unit of in-depth study of a relevant public health, global health, health management or infectious diseases intelligence issue or topic that addresses specific learning outcomes not otherwise covered in core or elective courses taught by the School. Students must identify how the learning outcomes for the Independent Studies will contribute to the broader learning outcomes of their program. While units of study will vary in their specific learning outcomes, tasks, and assessments, students are expected to demonstrate their ability to apply knowledge and skills gained in their program during their Independent Studies.

  • Identify and undertake study of a significant issue relevant to the program discipline.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to engage in scholarly inquiry to study the significant issue relevant to the program discipline.
  • Write and present a report in accordance with academic standards at a postgraduate level.

Students are expected to submit a negotiated assessment (e.g. a report) written to a postgraduate- level standard. Word limit: ~5000 words

The scope of the assessment should correspond to other 6UOC courses.