What is PUBH7000 about?
Public health research methods and ethics
• key required competency within public health education and training
PUBH7000 aims to develop knowledge and applied skills in public health research methods from critically appraising literature & developing a research question through to designing a research study and developing an ethics application
Both quantitative and qualitative approaches
Builds on knowledge gained from introductory public health courses, focusing on a applied research context
• Analyse and evaluate evidence and critically apply findings from a review of the literature and evidence to clearly define a population health research problem and articulate a research question.
• Demonstrate an understanding and application of appropriate research design and methods to address a public health research question that meets ethical and legislative requirements.
• Demonstrate an understanding of methods to identify, collect and analyse relevant population health data and to ensure the quality of data sources.
• Demonstrate an understanding of ethical research principles of research merit & integrity, justice, beneficence and respect.
• Demonstrate effective oral & written communication skills.
Who teaches PUBH7000?
A/Prof Marina Reeves
School of Public Health
Phone: 3346 4692
Room: Room 421, Level 4
Public Health Building, Herston
& Level 2, Mayne Medical Building Tutor:
Dr Olivia Hollingdrake
Guest lecturers/panel members – in class or online recordings/interviews on some weeks
Associate Professor in Nutrition
Deputy Associate Dean (Researcher Development), Faculty of Medicine Actively involved in research since 2004 post-PhD
• 4 large-scale RCTs; approx. 1000 participants with chronic diseases
• 4 dissemination trials; almost 1000 individuals
• ~$5m in Category 1 funding as Chief Investigator
• 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals
Program of research – diet, physical activity & weight control in breast cancer survivors
• Sits at intersection between clinical and public health approaches
• Very multidisciplinary
Grant review panel member for NHMRC & NBCF; reviewer for
international funding bodies
Dr Olivia Hollingdrake
Registered nurse – clinical background oncology/haematology
Completed PhD in Jan 2020
• social networks that support the transition from diagnosis to selfmanagement for people living with HIV in Queensland
Strong grounding in community-based research
• using qualitative methods and incorporating social science theory to address complex research questions.
Casual academic at UQ
Learning activities schedule
How will PUBH7000 be taught?
readings) activities & discussion) peer & teacher feedback) feedback & reflection)
How will PUBH7000 be taught?
Pre-class work for modules – available in ‘Learning Resources’ on Blackboard o Available at least 1 week before class o Library readings via ‘Library Links’ o ‘Check-in’ via Padlet (or Discussion Board) – questions, concerns, clarification
“Class” – o Thursdays @ Herston: Workshop (12-2pm) + Tutorial (2-3pm) o Recordings & materials from Workshop/Tutorial available on Blackboard o External students: Zoom sessions Tuesday 6-7pm (Wk 2, 4, 7, 9, 13)
Workshops & tutorials o If possible bring laptop or tablet
o Be prepared for group work – whole class; table; small groups 2-3 people o Tutorials – focus primarily on planning & progressing your assessments o Bring any required materials (articles etc) as requested o ‘Check-out’
Resources for the course
Blackboard ‘Learning Resources’
• Course toolbox
• Lecture Recordings (workshop + tutorial)
o Pre-class recordings, videos, other written material o Class ‘recordings’/photos, slides or other materials (usually loaded after)
• ‘Meet the Researchers’
Library – via ‘Library Links’ on Blackboard
• Module readings (recommended & further reading) Refer to previous courses (e.g. PUBH7600 and
• Assessment 1 examples (Letter to the Editor) PUBH7630)
Meet the Researchers
1. All non-personal messages should be posted to the Blackboard Discussion Boards.
(I will aim to check Blackboard: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays)
2. Personal messages should be directed by email to me (the course coordinator) with PUBH7000 in addition to the subject in the subject line.
3. If you are enquiring about an extension, please follow the instructions in the Extension Policy available in the Electronic Course Profile (submit via my.uq).
4. Check your UQ email daily. Communications sent to UQ email addresses will be considered ‘received’ within 24 hours of sending.
2. Own your learning
o Come prepared for class
- Complete pre-class materials
Treat all class mates and teaching staff with respect and courtesy at all times, including all online communications
• When others are talking during class and in group activities
• No social media, emails or web browsing during class
• Being respectful in posts on Discussion Board, Padlet, etc.
Respect the opinions of other and discuss any disagreements rationally
Do not disrupt the teaching and learning of other students and staff
• Silent mobile phones in class
Attend classes (or Zoom sessions), engage with online and pre-class materials, and actively participate in your learning
Become familiar with the course expectations as well as UQ policies and procedures
Maintain high standards of academic integrity in your work
• Complete the academic integrity online module (compulsory)
Submit assessments on time (or request extensions as required)
Develop your social, academic and professional literacy and communication skills
Access student academic and support services as required
Inform me as soon as possible if anything is affecting your learning
Help with learning skills
Assessment Task Due Date Weighting
Letter to the Editor Monday 30th March @ 2pm 25%
Ethics Application: Oral Presentation Week 11: (12-14th May)** [Book in day / time] 25%
Research Proposal Monday 8th June @ 2pm 50%
** No workshop/tutorial in Week 11
Internal students to book in for oral presentation time slot on 14th May: 9-12pm or 12:30-3:30pm
External students to book in a date for Zoom presentation (6-8pm): Tues 12th, Wed 13th or Thurs 14th May Book preferred time/date by week 6 via Blackboard (Assessment 2 folder)
All individual assessment pieces
Assessments are all related and build on each other
Choose a Public Health topic of interest to you, or, one of the following:
• Understanding the health effects of bushfires
• Understanding and/or addressing eco-anxiety
• Understanding and/or addressing health issues that disproportionately affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, such as rheumatic heart disease or otitis media
Start thinking now! https://theconversation.com/the-rise-of-eco-anxiety-climate-change-ahealthffects--ourtoo--mental123002-
Late submission policy o See Section 5.3 of ECP o Extension requests should be submitted (with supporting material) via my.uq
- my.uq.edu.au / Manage my program / Exams and assessment / Applying for an extension
All assessments must be submitted via Turnitin link* o Originality report (check and understand) o Resubmissions allowed up until due date and time
o Email confirmation/receipt from Turnitin submission (within 24 hours) o *Powerpoint file also submitted via Turnitin by 12pm day before
• Student declaration included in Turnitin submission link (no need for Coversheet)
• Understand what you are declaring in submitting your assessment
Assessment folder in Blackboard o Assessment Task Instructions o Marking Criteria and Standards o Supporting Assessment Documents o Additional resources (links) o Exemplars:
- Assessment 1 – Published examples of ‘Letter to the Editor’
- Assessment 2 – no exemplars
- Assessment 3 – sections provided as part of workshop/tutorial and online activities o Assessment 1 will be reviewed in detail during Tutorial for Module 1 (week 1)