HSYP8107 – Public Health Capstone

2023 – Session 1, In person-scheduled-weekday, North Ryde

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Josephine Chau
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By appointment
Credit points Credit points
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MPH and (HSYP801 or HSYP8100) and (HSYP802 or HSYP8101)
Corequisites Corequisites
(HSYP803 or HSYP8102) and (HSYP804 or HSYP8103) and (HSYP805 or HSYP8104) and (HSYP806 or HSYP8105)
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This capstone unit in the Master of Public Health integrates your learning from across the course. You will further develop skills to synthesize public health research and reflect on practice, both of which are essential to the practice of Public Health. You will draw together reflections on your entire studies to make meaning of your learning. As part of this process you will consider your skills development, understanding of content and context, and consider your ongoing engagement in Public Health practice.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Interpret and explain key research findings in public health
  • ULO2: Use oral and written skills to communicate complex evaluations of evidence in public health
  • ULO3: Reflect, using an academic framework, on learning and outcomes in public health and development of self as a public health practioner

General Assessment Information

Grade descriptors and other information concerning grading are contained in the Macquarie University Assessment Policy.

All final grades are determined by a grading committee, in accordance with the Macquarie University Assessment Policy, and are not the sole responsibility of the Unit Convenor.

Students will be awarded a final grade and a mark which must correspond to the grade descriptors specified in the Assessment Procedure (clause 128).

To pass this unit, you must demonstrate sufficient evidence of achievement of the learning outcomes, meet any ungraded requirements, and achieve a final mark of 50 or better.

Further details for each assessment task will be available on iLearn.

Late Submissions

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, a 5% penalty (OF THE TOTAL POSSIBLE MARK) will be applied each day a written assessment is not submitted, up until the 7th day (including weekends). After the 7th day, a grade of ‘0’ will be awarded even if the assessment is submitted. Submission time for all written assessments is set at 11.55pm. A 1-hour grace period is provided to students who experience a technical concern. 

 For example:

Number of days (hours) late

Total Possible Marks


Raw mark

Final mark

1 day (1-24 hours)





2 days (24-48 hours)





3 days (48-72 hours)





7 days (144-168 hours)





>7 days (>168 hours)






For any late submissions of time-sensitive tasks, such as scheduled tests/exams, performance assessments/presentations, and/or scheduled practical assessments/labs, students need to submit an application for Special Consideration.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Public health journal club 30% No Week 4 to 8
Reflective portfolio 50% No Week 10
Public health profession 20% No Week 13

Public health journal club

Assessment Type 1: Case study/analysis
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Week 4 to 8
Weighting: 30%

Summarise and evaluate a published public health manuscript for a journal club style presentation, including the relevance of the research and findings to public health and implications for public health practice.

On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Interpret and explain key research findings in public health
  • Use oral and written skills to communicate complex evaluations of evidence in public health
  • Reflect, using an academic framework, on learning and outcomes in public health and development of self as a public health practioner

Reflective portfolio

Assessment Type 1: Portfolio
Indicative Time on Task 2: 60 hours
Due: Week 10
Weighting: 50%

Collate your reflections on all units studied in the MPH course in a portfolio. Write an academic reflection that draws on progress through the course and achievement of course learning outcomes

On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Interpret and explain key research findings in public health
  • Use oral and written skills to communicate complex evaluations of evidence in public health
  • Reflect, using an academic framework, on learning and outcomes in public health and development of self as a public health practioner

Public health profession

Assessment Type 1: Design Task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 20%

In reference to a provided public health job advertisement write a response to selection criteria and a CV. Create a LinkedIn profile.

On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Use oral and written skills to communicate complex evaluations of evidence in public health
  • Reflect, using an academic framework, on learning and outcomes in public health and development of self as a public health practioner

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Writing Centre for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

As a student enrolled in this unit, you will engage in a range of online and face-to-face learning activities, including readings, online modules, videos and lectures. Details can be found on the iLearn site for this unit.

Recommended Readings

The readings for each week will be listed in ilearn using the Leganto system. Leganto is the reading list management system, which you can access through your iLearn unit. More information on Leganto is available here:

Readings marked as 'required' are essential for completion in the marked week. Some readings may be included that are marked as 'recommended' or 'secondary sources', these are additional materials that may be of interest to you. Please use these at your discretion.

Technology Used

Active participation in the learning activities throughout the unit will require students to have access to a tablet, laptop or similar device. Students who do not own their own laptop computer may borrow one from the university library.

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central ( Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit Student Policies ( It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

To find other policies relating to Teaching and Learning, visit Policy Central ( and use the search tool.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct:


Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit or if you are a Global MBA student contact

Academic Integrity

At Macquarie, we believe academic integrity – honesty, respect, trust, responsibility, fairness and courage – is at the core of learning, teaching and research. We recognise that meeting the expectations required to complete your assessments can be challenging. So, we offer you a range of resources and services to help you reach your potential, including free online writing and maths support, academic skills development and wellbeing consultations.

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit

The Writing Centre

The Writing Centre provides resources to develop your English language proficiency, academic writing, and communication skills.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Services and Support

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Student Enquiries

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IT Help

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When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Inclusion and Diversity

Social inclusion at Macquarie University is about giving everyone who has the potential to benefit from higher education the opportunity to study at university, participate in campus life and flourish in their chosen field. The University has made significant moves to promote an equitable, diverse and exciting campus community for the benefit of staff and students. It is your responsibility to contribute towards the development of an inclusive culture and practice in the areas of learning and teaching, research, and service orientation and delivery. As a member of the Macquarie University community, you must not discriminate against or harass others based on their sex, gender, race, marital status, carers' responsibilities, disability, sexual orientation, age, political conviction or religious belief. All staff and students are expected to display appropriate behaviour that is conducive to a healthy learning environment for everyone.


In the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences, professionalism is a key capability embedded in all our courses.

As part of developing professionalism, students are expected to attend all small group interactive sessions including clinical, practical, laboratory, work-integrated learning (e.g., PACE placements), and team-based learning activities. Some learning activities are recorded (e.g., face-to-face lectures), however you are encouraged to avoid relying upon such material as they do not recreate the whole learning experience and technical issues can and do occur. As an adult learner, we respect your decision to choose how you engage with your learning, but we would remind you that the learning opportunities we create for you have been done so to enable your success, and that by not engaging you may impact your ability to successfully complete this unit. We equally expect that you show respect for the academic staff who have worked hard to develop meaningful activities and prioritise your learning by communicating with them in advance if you are unable to attend a small group interactive session.

Another dimension of professionalism is having respect for your peers. It is the right of every student to learn in an environment that is free of disruption and distraction. Please arrive to all learning activities on time, and if you are unavoidably detained, please join activity as quietly as possible to minimise disruption. Phones and other electronic devices that produce noise and other distractions must be turned off prior to entering class. Where your own device (e.g., laptop) is being used for class-related activities, you are asked to close down all other applications to avoid distraction to you and others. Please treat your fellow students with the utmost respect. If you are uncomfortable participating in any specific activity, please let the relevant academic know.

Unit information based on version 2023.04 of the Handbook