School of Population Health

Research Project Topics

Students can elect to take a Research Project (PHCM9148 (6 UOC), PHCM9144 (12 UOC), PHCM9150 (18 UOC)) as part of their coursework degree. The project comprises an in-depth study of a public health, health management or international health issue or topic. The project may be in the form of a small-scale research study, a case study, a program evaluation or a report on field placement. Students wishing to enrol in a project must obtain permission.

 

Listen to a video on Research Projects and hear about some of the research projects available in the School. Video slides can also be accessed separately here:

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Available Research Projects

Available Research Projects are listed below. If you are interested in undertaking one of the research projects listed please contact the academic member of staff directly.
 

 

6 or 12 UoC Research Projects in the Neglected Tropical Diseases Research Group at the Kirby Institute

Project 1: Documenting how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) control activities in the Asia-Pacific region (6 UoC / 12 UoC)
The aim of this project is to document how NTD control activities, such as mass drug administration, were interrupted or suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how adaptations or innovations have allowed them to continue or restart during the ongoing pandemic. 

Project 2: Comparing the ability of Kato Katz, Sodium Nitrate Flotation, and quantitative PCR methods to diagnose soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections (6 UoC / 12 UoC)
This project would suit a student keen to put their biostatistics training into practice in a real-world situation! Using existing datasets on the prevalence and intensity of hookworm infection in children and adults in Vietnam, the student will compare three diagnostic methods (Kato Katz, Sodium Nitrate Flotation, and quantitative PCR) in their ability to detect presence of hookworm in stool samples, and the intensity of infection they detect. 

For more information or expressions of interest for either of these projects, students should contact Dr Clare Dyer (Research Fellow, NTD Research Group) and Associate Professor Susana Vaz Nery (Head of the NTD Research Group at the Kirby Institute).

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A public health approach to gambling and alcohol harm prevention

Examples of projects:

  • Examining the impact of COVID-19 on alcohol and gambling behaviours in Australia
  • Supporting the implementation of a gambling screening tool in community organisations
  • Exploring the use of child-led research methods in gambling and alcohol harm prevention research
  • Understanding alcohol and gambling harm in communities 

If you are interested in undertaking these research projects please contact Dr Amy Bestman by email abestman@georgeinstitute.org.au.

PDF image  See project details - A public health approach to gambling and alcohol harm prevention


 

12UOC project at The Kirby Institute - Exploring the use of community-based art to reduce HIV stigma in Australia

The student will assist with data collection, analysis, and reviewing and summarising key findings. The project includes a range of methods to offer a multi-layered understanding of the proposed exhibition’s impact on viewing audiences, including: 1) feedback collected during virtual guided tours and discussions of the exhibition with target audiences (e.g., people living with HIV, health professionals, the general public), 2) a short self-completion evaluation survey on the exhibition website, and 3) Google Analytics to track community reach and engagement over time. The student will be expected to support these research activities, to meet weekly with the supervisors, and to write a draft paper suitable for publication in a health journal.

Flexible workload/hours per week based on unit requirements. Commence in Term 3, 2021. Ethics approval is already in place. Data collection and analysis will occur in Term 3 2021 and final write up in Summer Term or Term 1, 2022 (to be negotiated).

If you are interested in undertaking these research projects please contact A/Prof Sally Sally by email s.nathan@unsw.edu.au.

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18UOC and 12UOC projects at the Sydney Institute for Women, Children and their Families (Sydney LHD)

Researchers at the Sydney Institute for Women, Children and their Families (Sydney LHD) have several projects on a range of topics and research methodologies commencing in 2021, which are suitable for 18UOC or 12UOC research projects taken part-time over a number of terms. They would suit students interested in understanding the research process, from ethics applications to data collection and report write-up.

If you are interested in undertaking one of these research projects please contact Katie Perren, by email Katelyn.Perren@health.nsw.gov.au.

PDF image  See project details - A scoping review of the evidence base related to the impact of research and education Institute’s impact on research culture within a public hospital-based system

PDF image  See project details - Exploring the barriers and enablers to support emerging, early and mid-career researchers and deliver early career research support across health sectors and services: a scoping review