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.


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

PDF image  See project details - Assessing the association between satisfaction with care and planned induction of labour at 39 weeks’ gestational age – an observational study

PDF image  See project details - Experiences of Ngaramadhi Space – A Qualitative Study

PDF image  See project details - Screening and Induction of Labour: Outcomes for mothers and babies - The SAIL-OUT Pilot RCT

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


Smoking cessation among ex-prisoners after release from smokefree prisons in NSW

Despite plummeting smoking rates among the general population, certain sub-populations have much higher smoking rates. One example is prisoners, who smoke at rates five times higher than the NSW community. Most prisoners would like to quit, however ¾ of those who try say that attempting to quit in prison is harder than it is outside of prison. Smoking bans were implemented in NSW Correctional Centres in Aug 2015 but to date, there has been no evaluation of the effectiveness of the ban.

This is an opportunity for you to experience research among a significantly marginalised group in the Australian population. I am conducting an observation study to examine ex-prisoners’ maintenance of smoking abstinence following release and am offering a 6UOC, 12UOC or 18 UOC (Extension) research project to Masters students enrolled in the School of Population Health in 2020-21 Summer Term, or Term 1, 2021.

If you are interested in undertaking this research project please contact Professor Robyn Richmond, by email

PDF image  See project details