The following information is not intended to replace the official information at the university website, but as students, we thought you might need a collective reference that highlights the available useful resources.
We are gathering this information in one place to make it easier for you to navigate through.The following materials are presented with the School of Population and Global Health permission.
Last update: 4 Feb 2015
Information on visas, cost of living, life in Melbourne, planning your arrival, and orientation are found in the University of Melbourne website at the international student support page.
The University of Melbourne Health Service provides health care for both local and international students, staff, and their dependents.
The Health Service provides an appointment based system for the convenience of patients and to minimise waiting time.
For those patients who have an urgent health issue that needs addressing before the next available appointment on another day, they usually have an ‘urgent’ clinic available. No appointments are made for this clinic and patients are seen in order of attendance for their urgent matter only. If you have other health concerns you will need to make a future appointment.
To make an appointment you can call (03) 8344 6904
Students with a current Medicare card are bulk-billed
Students with OSHC Worldcare are direct billed to the insurance company
Students with other overseas insurance cover pay their fee on attendance and claim the rebate from their insurance provider.
General Information on Health Services (University of Melbourne website)
Making an Appointment for Health Check (University of Melbourne website)
International Students Health Services (University of Melbourne Website)
Overseas Student Health Cover Information ‘OSHC’ (Australian Government)
Overseas Student Health Cover Mobile Application (Allianz Website)
Need some advice, someone to talk to, or you are not feeling really well and need some help to apply for special considerations?
Consider going to The University of Melbourne Counselling and Psychological Services or chatting with one of MSPGH staff.
The University of Melbourne Counselling and Psychological Services offers free counselling to currently enrolled students of the University of Melbourne. These sessions are confidential.
You can make an appointment by visiting the reception desk (Level 2, 138 Cardigan Street, Carlton), or ringing 8344 6927 during normal business hours. Any correspondence received via email cannot be assured of reaching the Service in a timely or confidential manner.
And if in any case, you need to apply for special considerations, they will help you do that easily.More information about individual counselling (University of Melbourne Website)
Also remember MSPGH staffs are always happy to have a chat if you are having any problems and need someone to talk to. Contact anyone you trust and feel comfortable with. If you don’t know anyone, we can suggest you to contact:
|Rob Moodie||Room 517, 5th floor, 207 Bouverie St., Melbourne School of Population and Global Health Carlton, Victoria. Office phone: +61383441993 Mobile phone:+61413838657Email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Melissa Anne Russel||Room 317, 207 Bouverie St., Melbourne School of Population and Global Health Carlton, Victoria. Offie phone: +61 3 83440736Email: email@example.com|
|Johanna Mithen||Level 3, 207 Bouverie St., Melbourne School of Population and Global Health , Carlton, Victoria. Office phone: +61 3 83440641Email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Elizabeth Dent||Level 4, 207 Bouverie St., Melbourne School of Population and Global Health , Carlton, Victoria. Tel: +61 3 8344 9339Email: email@example.com|
You can assess Melbourne School of Population and Global health staff directory at http://pgh.unimelb.edu.au/about/contact/allstaff#
It would be helpful to include your full name, student number, and phone number in the emails you send to the staff.
Queen Victoria Market
Also known affectionately as ‘Vic Market’ or ‘Queen Vic’, the Queen Victoria Market has been the heart and soul of Melbourne for more than a century. A historic landmark spread over two city blocks, it’s a vibrant and bustling inner-city Market where you can shop for everything from Australian fruit and vegetables, and local and imported gourmet foods, to cosmetics, clothing and souvenirs.MPHSA member, SuSu Aung, said, “Saturday, after 1:30 pm, I found almost everything at half price”
For more Information on Vic Market please visit the QVM Website
Official site for Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (http://www.visitmelbourne.com/)
Featured places from the City of Melbourne website (http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Placestogo/Pages/placestogo.aspx)
Only in Melbourne website (http://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/things-to-do-in-melbourne.php) There is so much to see and do in Melbourne, whether you are a local, interstate or international visitor. Check out places in marvelous Melbourne or visit “What’s On” for events on in Melbourne.
Recommendations from Tripadvisor Australia (http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attractions-g255100-Activities-Melbourne_Victoria.html)
The State Library of Victoria (http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/)
“I’m a big fan of the state library… and a gorgeous place to study…” said Tara Sklar, Senior E-Learning and Teaching Specialist, MSPGH.
Information on housing, moving, and tenancy rights (Unimelb website)University of Melbourne online noticeboard for housing. (NEW)
You might also check Domain.com.au (independent real state listing) for other options.
There are two different types of orientation sessions: orientation for international students held by the University of Melbourne, and the School of Population and Global Health orientation for new MPH and RHD international students.
You can wait to find information on how to obtain your university student ID card through the orientation sessions, or you can obtain your student ID card before the orientation sessions. For more information on Student card visit the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Sciences (MDHS) Student Center webpage.
Remember to be prepared for a nice photo to be taken on your card!
The School of Population and Global Health (SPGH) and Melbourne Population Health Student Association are running the 2015 new student induction on Wednesday 25th February 2015, 9am – 6:30pm. Venue: 207 Bouverie Street, Basement Level – Theater 1 for more info please visit: http://mphsa.com/2014/10/2015-new-student-induction-registration
MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH SPECIALISATIONS
- Epidemiology and Biostatistics 244CW Master of Public Health
- Gender & Women’s Health 244CW Master of Public Health
- Global Health244CW Master of Public Health
- Health Economics & Economic Evaluation 244CW Master of Public Health
- Health Program Evaluation 244CW Master of Public Health
- Health Social Sciences 244CW Master of Public Health
- Indigenous Health 244CW Master of Public Health
- Primary Care 244CW Master of Public Health
- Sexual Health
Reference: Handbook.unimelb.edu.au. 2015. 244CW Master of Public Health – 2014. [online] Available at: https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/view/2014/244CW [Accessed: 4 Feb 2015].
Students may apply to undertake either a 25 point supervised Research Project in their chosen field of specialisation. Students have the option of applying to enrol in a year-long research project or a semester-long research project. Students enrolling in the year long project MUST complete the project in two semesters consecutively.
Students should be aware that they must complete a 25 point research project in order for the MPH to provide an entry pathway to the MPhil or PhD program.
Students entering the Master of Public Health from 2011 must have a weighted average mark of at least 70% across relevant subjects to be eligible to enrol in the research project. Successful research project applicants will be selected on the basis of academic merit.
Students may apply to undertake a 25 point supervised Professional Practice Unit.
The Professional Practice Unit can be completed in either one semester (25 points), or two semesters (12.5 points in each semester). Entry to the Professional Practice Unit is competitive and will be determined on the basis of academic merit and the availability of appropriate supervisors and host organisations.
Limitations on student numbers apply so please ensure you have a back up plan (that is, a second capstone preference) in case you are not accepted into the Professional Practice Unit.
Students who choose this option must enrol in the following capstone selective subject and select an additional elective from those offered in the Master of Public Health: POPH90227 Public Health in Practice
For detailed information please check the University Handbook
Reference:Handbook.unimelb.edu.au. 2014. 244CW Master of Public Health – 2014. [online] Available at: https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/view/2014/244CW [Accessed: 4 Feb 2014].
The LMS (Learning Management System) is the University’s online system for delivering subject content to students. Our LMS uses educational technologies from various enterprise providers such as BlackBoard, TurnItIn and Learning Objects.Teaching staff use the LMS:
- to manage basic subject administration such as announcements, class lists and group management
- to provide online versions of class materials and readings
- to offer extended content such as multimedia files
- to allow electronic submission of assignments
- to download, mark and return assignments and feedback
- to conduct online tests and surveys
- to provide a portal to TurnItIn, the originality checking software to which students can submit essays for checking
- to offer students the opportunity to participate in online communication activities such as blogs, podcasts and wikis. (Lms.unimelb.edu.au, 2014)
Lms.unimelb.edu.au. 2014. LMS at a glance : Learning Management System : The University of Melbourne. [online] Available at: http://www.lms.unimelb.edu.au/start/glance/ [Accessed: 9 Jan 2014]
Turnitin is an online web-based text-matching software that works by comparing electronically submitted papers to billions of pages of content located on the Internet and proprietary databases as well as the work of other students whose papers have also been submitted into the system. Turnitin GradeMark provides access to the online marking module of Turnitin assignments. Turnitin PeerMark allows peer review of submissions. (Lms.unimelb.edu.au, 2014)
The following tutorial shows you how to submit assignments through Turnitin. (University of Melbourne LMS, 2011)
Lms.unimelb.edu.au. 2014. Turnitin : Learning Management System : The University of Melbourne. [online] Available at: https://lms.unimelb.edu.au/teaching/assessment/turnitin/ [Accessed: 29 Jan 2014].
University of Melbourne LMS. 2011. How to submit an assignment using Turnitin with the UniMelb LMS. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enIGABhZ29c&list=UU7VVM-HL45H6PT595hZsSCA [Accessed: 29 Jan 2014].
New students are encouraged to visit the University of Melbourne library webpage and engage in workshops and classes that will assist you to become familiar with the available library resources.
The library has a wide selection of databases that covers different areas of research. Visit the following link to navigate through the different available workshops: Classes and Tours
Useful Links (University of Melbourne)
Discovery is combined search of the catalogue, digital collections, ebooks and some databases. The following tutorial will help you to navigate through Discovery and search it more effectively. (University of Melbourne Library, 2011)
Using Discovery for Assignments
(University of Melbourne Library, 2011)
Discovery for Researchers
(University of Melbourne Library, 2011)
Using Discovery with Refworks and Endnote
(University of Melbourne Library, 2011)
University of Melbourne Library. 2011. Discovery for Researchers. [online] Available at: http://vimeo.com/26557355 [Accessed: 29 Jan 2014].University of Melbourne Library. 2011. Navigating Discovery. [online] Available at: http://vimeo.com/26557203 [Accessed: 29 Jan 2014].
University of Melbourne Library. 2011. Using Discovery for Assignments. [online] Available at: http://vimeo.com/26557257 [Accessed: 29 Jan 2014]
University of Melbourne Library. 2011. Using Discovery with Refworks and Endnote. [online] Available at: http://vimeo.com/26557313 [Accessed: 29 Jan 2014].
Academic honesty and plagiarism (University of Melbourne website)
ReCite: an interactive library website that shows you how to use these common referencing styles (University of Melbourne)
Academic skills resources for research and referencing (The recourses include Avoiding Plagiarism, Incorporating resources, Reading and note taking, Reading Critically, Reading Effectively, Referencing Essentials, Taking notes from texts)
What is EndNote?EndNote is a software application you can use to manage references as you write documents EndNote can help you:
- Collect and organise references to resources, such as journal articles, books and images,
- Add citations to your documents, and
- Create bibliographies that use standard citation styles.
This is a very fast introduction to using EndNote on Windows. (Thomson Reuters Endnote Training, 2013)
This video will give you a fast start on using EndNote on the Macintosh. (Thomson Reuters Endnote Training, 2013)
More endnote training videos (Endnote Website)
Please check the Academic Skills workshops calendar to see available free Endnote workshops.
Other referencing softwares:
Thomson Reuters Endnote Training. 2013. How To Use EndNote in 6 Minutes (Macintosh Version). [online] Available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhKqHvqXoVk [Accessed: 29 Jan 2014].
Thomson Reuters Endnote Training. 2013. How To Use EndNote in 7 Minutes (Windows Version). [online] Available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnqPjjKwEPk#t=111 [Accessed: 29 Jan 2014].
International Students from Non-English Speaking Backgrounds are encouraged to enroll in this subject offered jointly by the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and the Centre for Communication Skills and English Language Studies: LING90002 Presenting Academic Discourse
The Academic Skills Unit has wonderful resources that covers all areas of academic skills. Please visit the Academic Skills Page on the University of Melbourne website and explore the available resources as much as you can.
This is a very helpful list of resources (To access this link you need to use your university user and password) including a 90 minute comperhensive grammar workshop.
AIRport (Academic Interactive Resources portal)AIRport is an interactive graduate writing short course that is available online through the University of Melbourne website. This course offers an extremely helpful interactive guide that covers the various aspects of graduate academic writing. Please visit the AIRport Graduate writing start page
General Writing Skills (http://services.unimelb.edu.au/academicskills/resource_assets/skill)
- Academic Style
- Connecting Ideas
- Developing clarity and focus in academic writing
- Editing your writing
- Reviewing the Literature
- Tertiary Essay Writing
- Using a Writing Process
- Voice in Academic Writing
- Writing introductions and conclusions
- Writing ReflectivelyWriting successful essays
Types of academic writing:
Student advising system “Appointments can be made with advisers – both faculty and centrally-based – to support your academic studies and life at Melbourne. Whether you need help writing an essay, deciding your academic pathway or advice about study abroad options, you can book an appointment online.”
Resources from other universities: Harvard Guide to Using Sources: A publication of the Harvard College Writing Program Sourcing: Summarizing, Paraphrasing and quoting The Nuts & Bolts of Integrating
Use of verbs in writing and current and past tense: Research Writing: Reporting Verbs. (Melbourne: RMIT University Study and Learning Centre; 2012 May)
The Academic Phrasebank is a general resource for academic writers. It provides you with examples phrases for research and academic writing. (University of Manchester, UK)Some students found this book very helpful: Brilliant Writing Tips For Students (Pocket Study Skills)
You can buy it from the co-op bookshop inside the university campus or you can find it online through the following link: http://www.coop.com.au/bookshop/show/brilliant-writing-tips-for-students-pocket-study-skills-julia-copus/9780230220027/
|Health Evidence Canada||Health Evidence – CanadaSearchable online registry of systematic reviews on public health topics|
|Cochrane Collaboration||Cochrane CollaborationSearchable online registry of systematic reviews (Global)|
|The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)||NICE – UKSearch engine for evidence in health and social care|
|Center of Reviews and Dissemination||University of York – UKHigh-quality systematic reviews and other research evidence on important national and international health and public health issues to inform policy, practice and further research|
|The Campbell Collaboration||GlobalThe Campbell Collaboration (C2) helps people make well-informed decisions by preparing, maintaining and disseminating systematic reviews in education, crime and justice, social welfare and international development.|
|The Sax Institute||AustraliaOnline resource for rapid reviews and evidence|
|The Community Guide||The Community Guide (USA) is a website that houses the official collection of all Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) findings and the systematic reviews on which they are based|
|The Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre)||EPPI-Centre – University of London – UKSearchable evidence and systematic reviews|
|Effective Public Health Practice Project||EPHPP – Canada’Evidence synthesis documents’, and systematic reviews|
|Department of Health, Victoria, Australia||Evidence-based resources|
Elizabeth, W 2012, Building evidence-base for public health policy and practice, lecture notes distributed in Foundations of Public Health at The University of Melbourne, Victoria on 24 April 2012.
‘Qualitative research involves exploratory studies (to explore an unknown sector, identify the main dimensions of a problem, draw assumptions, or understand motivations) or operational studies based on in-depth analysis of interviewee responses (in a group or individually), typically in “focus groups”. It most often deals with a restricted sample of individuals that does not necessarily need to be representative. It may be the preliminary phase of a quantitative study or stand-alone research.’ (Kirch, 2008)
Here are two recommended Qualitative Data Management Tool (software) NVivo and Dedoose.
Introducing NVivo 10 Software. (QSR International, 2014)
Dedoose video guides (Dedoose website)Learning more about qualitative methods: The SAGE Encyclopedia of Qualitative Methods
Kirch, W 2008, Encyclopedia Of Public Health [Electronic Resource] / Wilhelm Kirch (Ed.), n.p.: New York : Springer, c2008., UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE’s Catalogue, EBSCOhost, viewed 31 January 2014
QSR International. 2014. Introducing NVivo 10 Software. [online] Available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bLZ7fqSEEc [Accessed: 31 Jan 2014].
23 Research Things is a self-directed, online learning programme for university staff and graduate students, showcasing a range of digital tools that can support research activity. The programme will share and explore new digital tools that might be useful to you and will also provide a framework for evaluation, reflection and for the wider integration of digital technologies within your research practice.
Please Subscribe to the “23 Research Things” blog and you will receive email updates with posts and resources that will support your research skills.
Quantitative research studies aim to quantify attitudes or behaviors, measure variables on which they hinge, compare, and point out correlations. They are most often conducted via a survey on a sampling that must be representative so that the results can be extrapolated to the entire population studied. It requires the development of standardized and codifiable measurement instruments (i. e. structured questionnaires).(Kirch, 2008)
Encyclopedia Of Public Health [Electronic Resource] / Wilhelm Kirch (Ed.), n.p.: New York : Springer, c2008., UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE’s Catalogue, EBSCOhost, viewed 31 January 2014
After you have downloaded the app follow these instructions for full access to Discovery:
- Try any search in Discovery on a PC or Mac.
- Log in using your unimelb login and password.
- Click the link: ‘EBSCOhost iPhone and Android Applications’ at the bottom of the page.
- Enter an email address you can easily access from your mobile device.
- View the email from EBSCO on your mobile device.
- Click the ‘authentication key’ link
iPad EndNote ApplicationCollect, review, and share your references between your devices.
From Academic Integrity to ResponsibilityFAIR is an application is designed to help university and college students understand and navigate common academic integrity issues. FAIR walks you through a series of common scenarios that can lead to breaches of academic integrity, like plagiarism, with advice on what to do and why it matters. The FAIR quiz will determine your risk profile for academic misconduct and will direct you to the tools you need to succeed. Website: uomfair.info
Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity. Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders–and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go.Key Features:
- Sync all of your notes across the computers and devices you use
- Create and edit text notes, to-dos and task lists
- Add handwriting and sketches to your notes
- Save, sync and share files
- Search for text inside images
- Organize notes by notebooks and tags
- Email notes and save tweets to your Evernote account
- Works with Evernote Business: Capture, browse, search, and share Business Notes and Business Notebooks from your smartphone or tablet.
- Connect Evernote to other apps and products you use
- Share notes with friends and colleagues via Facebook and Twitter
Coming Soon (Google/Android)
Health cover on the go.You can easily manage your health cover and get access to OSHC information on your phone. Whether you need to find a doctor, access the number for our 24 Hour Helpline or find out what you can claim for, you can do so through our free OSHC app – at any time of the day, no matter where you are. OSHC app is designed especially for international students and can be used to:
- find a direct billing doctor near you using your GPS
- update your OSHC account details
- find all of our contact details
- order your membership card; and
- find out how you can claim.
Collated by Amir Hanna, MPH (2014). Special thanks to Danya Vears, Ghazaleh Dashti and SuSu Aung for their contribution in discussion and resources.