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HPER71-110: Evidence Based Practice and Policy


This subject is designed to support health professionals and those working in the health field to find, appraise, and apply evidence relevant to population, community and individual health needs. In this subject you will develop essential skills in evidence-based practice and policy, including framing relevant practice questions and searching to find research evidence addressing these questions. You will then be able to critically appraise research evidence based on an understanding of research study designs; and applying the results of those studies to individuals, communities and populations. This includes a foundational understanding of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics. These skills will enable you to independently evaluate the worth of newly proposed health policy and clinical management options.


Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • September 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Health Sciences
Subject fees
  • Current: $5,430
  • Commencing in May 2021: $5,710

Learning outcomes

1. Formulate a clear question from a practice or health policy problem.
2. Design and perform an efficient search to locate research addressing a focused question.
3. Identify strengths and weaknesses in the design and methodology of research studies.
4. Critically appraise a variety of research evidence and reflect on the quality of the evidence to inform practice.
5. Accurately interpret summarise, and appropriately communicate the results of research studies to the target audience.
6. Apply the principles of evidence based practice when drawing conclusions from research studies to inform recommendations for policy and/or practice.

Enrolment requirements

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  • This subject is not available to students on US Financial Aid.
  • Students on a Student Visa may be restricted from enrolment due to the mode of delivery in the chosen semester. Check the subject outline for further details.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens02/08/2020
Semester start14/09/2020
Subject start14/09/2020
Cancellation 1?28/09/2020
Cancellation 2?05/10/2020
Last enrolment27/09/2020
Withdraw – Financial?10/10/2020
Withdraw – Academic?31/10/2020
Teaching census?09/10/2020
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/11/2020
Semester start18/01/2021
Subject start18/01/2021
Cancellation 1?01/02/2021
Cancellation 2?08/02/2021
Last enrolment31/01/2021
Withdraw – Financial?13/02/2021
Withdraw – Academic?06/03/2021
Teaching census?12/02/2021