The following information is for students interested in H412 Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion (Honours) and H400 Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours).

What is Honours?

The Honours year builds on the foundation of study in content and research methods provided by the three year undergraduate degree in Public Health and Health Promotion or Health Sciences.

The aim of the fourth, or Honours, year is to provide appropriate units of study to enhance graduate skills and employability, enable students to qualify for research candidature in a higher degree (MSc, MA and PhD), and to expand students' knowledge in their chosen field of study.

A number of themes cut across the research endeavours within the School of Health and Social Development, particularly the focus on social diversity and improving the health of marginalised/excluded groups, and a commitment to outcome-oriented research. Research in the School focuses on:

  • gender, family, reproductive and sexual health
  • sustainability, environments, communities, nature and health
  • health, diversity and social inclusion
  • violence and abuse: prevention and intervention
  • professional practice and higher education in public health, health promotion, social work, occupational science and therapy.

Please note that applications for entry into H400/H412 to commence 2015 are due by 30 November 2014. Information on current Honours projects can be found below.


H400/H412 Further Information

What does Honours study involve?

In the Honours programs a candidate must complete the equivalent of eight credit points over one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study. The requirements include an independent research project/thesis worth four credit points conducted under the supervision of two supervisors, at least one of whom will be a School of Health and Social Development staff member; a two-credit points unit in research methods; and a two credit points unit in developing research skills in health sciences.

What skills will I gain by doing Honours?

During your Honours studies you will:

  • Develop higher level skills in information retrieval and the critical analysis of published material
  • Develop conceptual frameworks and methodological procedures for the collection, analysis and interpretation of data
  • Become familiar with significant ethical and professional issues
  • Produce a thesis which demonstrates evidence of research ability and written communication skills

Contact details

Professor Steven Allender
+61 3 5227 8305

Dr Gary Sacks
Ph: +61 3 9251 7105

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