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Research Areas for Student Supervision

The School of Public Health has expertise in a wide range of research areas. Please browse the following areas for details of the range research themes that our academic staff are able to supervise student research projects in. For more details on particular research topics please contact the academics directly.

Health Policy and Management

Health System Policy Research

Academic Contacts: Delia Hendrie | Mark Petrich | Associate Professor Suzanne Robinson | Caroline Yates

  • Interventions and strategies to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions
  • Population health research
    • Needs assessment
    • Decision making and priority setting
    • Using Spatial technology in health system planning
    • Equity and access to services
  • The impact of system reform on health outcomes
  • Quality and safety in health care
  • The development and impact of clinical leadership

Health Infomatics and Health Information Management

Academic Contacts: Associate Professor Suzanne Robinson

  • Data governance in healthcare
  • Evaluation of E-health innovations in health care
  • E-health systems to improve hospital efficiency and effectiveness
  • Health Informatics and Genomics
  • Telehealth
  • Health informatics competencies

Health Economics

Academic Contacts: Delia Hendrie | Associate Professor Suzanne Robinson

  • Funding health care
    • Activity based funding
    • Fee for service
    • Out of pocket payments
  • Economic analysis –measuring the cost and cost effectiveness of health care interventions
  • Measuring quality of life in economic analysist

Occupational Epidemiology

Academic contacts: Professor Lin Fritschi or Associate Professor Alison Reid

The occupational epidemiology group study the relationships between work and health. Special areas of interest are: occupational causes of cancer; assessment of occupational exposure for epidemiological studies; the health of migrant workers, as well as exposures to carcinogens, asthmagens and noise at work and how to prevent these exposures.

Epidemiology & Biostatistics

WACHPR HDR Opportunities

The WA Centre for Health Promotion Research (WACHPR), established in 1986, is a multi-disciplinary research centre within the School of Public Health. WACHPR has a number of ongoing and planned research projects providing higher degree research opportunities for Masters and PhD students. WACHPR is committed to building evidence and capacity in health promotion theory, practice and evaluation through applied and participatory research. Grounded in an understanding of social determinants of health and a commitment to ethical practice, WACHPR conducts much of its research with vulnerable or at risk communities and populations.

Research Opportunities in the following areas are available:

  • Nutrition and physical activity
  • Older adults
  • Sexual health and sexuality
  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • Mental health
  • Environment and community health
  • Indigenous health

If you are interested in undertaking higher degree research in health promotion, consider the unique and innovative research opportunities in the supportive environment that WACHPR can offer. To find out more about specific research projects visit  To find out about the expert supervision team view the researcher profiles at