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Project - Public Health


This module gives students the opportunity to work on a real public health issue, and to integrate and deepen their understanding of public health concepts and skills learned during the MSc programme.


Only students who have completed the core modules will be allowed to take this module.

Topics covered

Student research projects must be one of the following types:

  1. Literature review
  2. Analyses of existing data
  3. Qualitative research
  4. A combination of above methods 

Further guidance is provided on Moodle for PH-registered students considering undertaking the project module. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate independent research skills;
  • demonstrate the ability to think critically and develop original ideas, develop a research question, formulate a hypothesis, critically evaluate the literature;
  • demonstrate an awareness of the practical aspects of planning and conducting a study, including potential challenges and pitfalls; carry out a risk assessment, be aware of intellectual property issues, be aware of ethical issues;
  • apply public health research skills, including methodological, theoretical and analytical approaches, to a real world problem, based on knowledge gained throughout the MSc;
  • formulate a high quality literature search to ensure effective identification of evidence
  • analyse data or literature and formulate conclusions and recommendations based on analyses;
  • demonstrate familiarity with the conventional research-reporting style, including project layout and referencing and writing a scientific report according to prescribed standards;
  • produce an extended piece of writing that is clear and coherent, including introduction, synthesis of background literature, methodology, results, discussion, recommendations and conclusion;
  • demonstrate the ability to present, interpret and discuss research findings, in relation to other studies, and make recommendations in a clear and systematic format;
  • where appropriate, reflect on social or ethical issues relating to the research.


Students will be assessed by submitting one written report of up to 10,000 words. The Final Project Report is submitted through the online Assignment Management System (AMS), in electronic form.

Essential Reading

  • Aveyard H (2014). Doing a Literature Review in Health and Social Care: A Practical Guide. Open University Press; 3rd edition. ISBN 978-0-33-526307-3.
  • Usherwood T (1996 [2007]). Introduction to Project Management in Health Research. Open University Press. ISBN 978-0-335-19707-1. 
  • Phelps R, Fisher K and Ellis AH (2007). Organizing and Managing Your Research: A Practical Guide for Postgraduates. Sage Publications Ltd. ISBN 978-1-412-92063-6.
  • Thody A (2006 [2011]). Writing and Presenting Research. Sage Publications Ltd. ISBN 978-1-412-90293-9.

Find out more information about this module on the LSHTM website.