Health Policy Project (HPOL5009)


To develop a research project that demonstrates an ability to apply theory, tools and skills developed in previous units of study to a real life problem or issue where health policy can make a difference.
Learning objectives:
- to develop skills to effectively research, write and communicate a new policy
- to understand and analyse the key components of policy development
- to identify the features supporting and resisting the policy change, and the strategies required to facilitate adoption of the change.
This unit is a capstone project that builds on the skills developed in HPOL5008 to provide students with an opportunity to develop their issues analysis and subsequent policy development skills under close supervision of an allocated academic mentor. Students will choose an approved policy project. This can be drawn from their work experience or identified with the assistance of their academic mentor. The first workshop will be devoted to the skills needed for the policy writing project. By the conclusion of the project, students will have developed a policy document including: a critical literature review; an appraisal of relevant evidence and possible options; an analysis of the environment in which the policy will be introduced; a communication strategy, and; implementation, evaluation and accountability mechanisms. The project will be presented at the final student workshop.

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Further unit of study information


Block mode 2 x 1 day workshops plus online or online only


1x abstract (5%), 1x5000 word policy document (65%), and 1xclass presentation (30%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


HPOL5003 and HPOL5008

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.