Why choose Honours in Population and Global Health?

The Honours program in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health (MSPGH) will provide students with skills and experience conducting research in an area of population and global health. Population Health researchers address questions designed to improve the health of populations in both Australia and globally, and use a range of approaches including for example; the analysis of population statistics; qualitative research with particular sub-groups in the population; analysis of legal and ethical issues in health, and; evaluation of health programs and policies.

Honours students will have the opportunity to join one of the many research groups within the School. The groups use the approaches described above to address diverse areas of health including; sexual health; indigenous health; mental health; men’s health; women’s health and disease prevention.

The opportunity to specialise provides a strong foundation for the future direction of Honours graduates, whether as a means of progressing to higher degree research at the Masters or PhD level, or improving the scope of employment options and professional advancement.

The course year starts in February and ends in November and is only available full time.


100 credit points

Honours in Population and Global Health is a program of 100 credit points completed over 12 months full time (or part time equivalent) comprising of two (2) Advanced Coursework subjects and a Research Project.

Students must successfully complete the following core subjects:

POPH40005 Population Health Research Project 1 (25 points)
POPH40006  Population Health Research Project 2 (50 points) 

Plus two subjects selected from Masters level population and global health subjects (as directed by Honours Supervisor & Coordinator):

BIOM40001 Introduction to Biomedical Research 
POPH90231 Qualitative Research in Public Health
POPH90014 Epidemiology 1
POPH90013 Biostatistics 
POPH90058 Health Program Evaluation 1
POPH90206 Health Policy
POPH90270 Bioethics and Public Health
POPH90094 Health Economics 1

What will you achieve?

  • Ability to formulate population health research questions;
  • Ability to apply ethical principles to the conduct of research with humans;
  • Expertise in all aspects of research design, including selection of populations, sampling approach, data collection methods and analysis;
  • Ability to apply critical and analytical skills to the identification and resolution of problems that arise in the conduct of population health research;
  • Proficiency in accessing, searching and summarising published research in population health;
  • Skills in communicating the findings of a research project in written and oral form.

Information session

Date:  Tuesday 3rd October, 2023
Time:  12.30 - 1.30pm
Location:  Parkville campus, Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street (Building 379)
Registration Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V3HFV9T

MSPGH Honours Coordinators

Natalie Rose

How To Apply

  1. To access the full list of projects for 2023, click on apply online, and log into the Sonia portal.
  2. You need to identify a potential project and supervisor from the research project list. Read the project description and any recommended publications to ensure that it is the correct choice for you, and then contact the Supervisor.
  3. More information about the program and additional available research projects can be obtained:
    • At the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Honours Expo and individual information sessions held by Departments and Institutes;
    • From the list of departmental research projects (TBA);
    • From individual supervisors.
  4. Apply online.