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Community-Based Participatory Research (POPH90201)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePOPH90201
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

There is increasing global recognition that public health research seeking to change the social determinants of health is most effective when communities are actively engaged. Therefore, many health researchers are looking towards participatory approaches to the production of knowledge. This subject will give students an understanding of, and experience in, Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). CBPR is a collaborative approach to research that emerges from the interests or problems of a specific group or community, and is enacted through a specific set of social values. It is of interest to students wanting to build the necessary skills to support communities to deepen their understanding of their circumstances and to take action to help resolve conditions undermining health. In addition to gaining knowledge about CBPR perspectives, students will be taught a range of methodological approaches utilised in CBPR approaches globally. As part of this subject, students will be expected to participate in (a) practical exercises designed to enhance skills and techniques; and (b) workshopping, analysis and reflection of data collected during an in-class research project.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should:

  • Have relevant training in social sciences research methods and techniques as applied in Community Based Participatory Research
  • Understand the advantages and limitations of a variety of social science research methods, and practical experience in the application of select methods
  • Understand the benefits, limitations, challenges and ethical issues associated with a participatory approach to public health research
  • Understand the relationship between research design and research methods
  • Have developed problem solving skills to deal with practical issues that arise in the conduct of social research
  • Be able to critically self- reflect on the CPBR process

Generic skills

On completion of the subject students will have:

  • Gained practical skills in social sciences research methods used in Community-Based Research
  • Developed the ability to plan their own research work
  • Developed strategies for dealing with problems that arise in the planning and conduct of research
  • Gained skills in collection and interpretation of data
  • Effective written and oral communication skills

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects

505-922 Research Methods in Social Health

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Assessment 1 (written assessment task, 1500 words) due mid-semester (30%)
  • Assessment 2 (written assessment task, 2500 words) due at the end of semester (50%)
  • Reflective blog (LMS, 1000 words), ongoing throughout semester (20%)

Hurdle Requirement:Attendance at a minimum of 80% is required to pass this subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorsCathy Vaughan and Richard Chenhall
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours28 hours
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

    r.chenhall@unimelb.edu.au / cmvaug@unimelb.edu.au

    Melbourne School of Population and Global Health


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Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 24 August 2019