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Community Engagement for Health Impact (POPH90201)

Find the subject in the Handbook here. Schedule: Semester 1 (Dual Delivery)

Subject Description

There is increasing global recognition that research and interventions seeking to change the social determinants of health are most impactful when communities are actively engaged in the process. Therefore, many health researchers are looking towards participatory approaches to the co-production of knowledge and health practitioners are increasingly aiming to co-design health interventions with communities, patients or service end-users. This subject will give students an understanding of, and experience in, the principles, processes and some of the methods used in participatory health research. It will illustrate the ways these principles, processes and methods can be applied to the co-design of health interventions, to support patient-public involvement in health, and to user led health research.

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• Written assessment task 1 - 1,500 words (30%)

Written assessment task 2 - 2,500 words (50%)

Reflective blog, ongoing throughout semester - 1,000 words (20%)


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Dec 07, 2023
Rated 4 out of 5 stars.

Engaging subject. Cathy and Richard are great lecturers and have so much experience to share. Was a bit of a challenge getting used to the unstructured nature of the subject but the class discussions were really interesting. Some of the more theoretical components and the readings were a bit dry. final assignment brought together the course content well but the other assignments needed lots of clarification and they were all reflections which I struggle to write, so made it difficult. Overall really interesting subject and would recommend to anyone hoping to work with communities



Nov 28, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Easily my favourite subject within the MPH course! The in-class research project was a great and invaluable experience. I learnt so much from this subject as well as from Cathy and Richard and would highly recommend this subject.


Nov 12, 2023
Rated 2 out of 5 stars.

Unfortunately, I did not learn much from this subject. The delivery is not engaging at all and very vague. Leave me with frustration more than satisfaction. The core content (especially regarding the research part) is similar to Qualitative Research for Public Health.


Jun 08, 2023

I enjoyed this subject particularly as it wasn't as content heavy compared to others! The assessments do lack structure so make sure to ask lots of clarifying questions to the subject coordinators. Overall, it's a great subject if you're looking to gain some hands on experience in Community Engagement and if you're willing to produce some great outcomes with the class project within the university. Cathy and Richard are very warm and welcoming lecturers!


Sep 20, 2022

A really fun subject which was also pretty chill. Some of the content was sometimes dry, but overall it was an engaging subject with a lot of hands-on and real-world application of community engagement and qualitative participatory research. Loved it!

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