The Health Society and Research Courses comprise 4 subject courses taught in years 1 and 2 of the MD curriculum. In year 1, students learn about research designs and critical appraisal of clinical evidence in the Evidence-Based Practice course in semester 1. In semester 2, research ethics and integrity is taught alongside an introduction into Indigenous Health.
In year 2 students work on a research protocol and learn about research reporting alongside courses covering topics in Community Medicine (semester 1) and Global Health (semester 2). The icing on the cake is the Global Health Conference in semester 2 where students present their analysis of issues in global health. This also teaches them how to present to a large and critical audience. The Health Society and Research Courses provide students with the foundations to practice evidence-based medicine in the Australian and global context and prepares them for independently conducting research.
Each year all year 2 students gather at the St Lucia campus for the UQ School of Medicine Global Health Conference. The conference was established in 2012 and forms the final assessment of the Global Health course in year 2 of the MD program. In this course students learn about global health issues, the UN Millennium Development Goals (UNMDGs) and the Sustainable Development Goals launched in 2016, in a series of lectures and seminars. In addition, students work in groups on a topic they have chosen from a list of contemporary global health issues. They analyse the issue, relate it to the UNMDGs and reflect upon their own role as a "global doctor". They cover health systems, infectious diseases, equity, environmental health and social systems. At the conference, all groups share their knowledge and reflections in an inspiring and stimulating environment that gives them a real life experience of sharing knowledge and networking with colleagues. Best presenters in each parallel session receive an award from the School of Medicine.
The conference was organised in collaboration with UQMS. The Book of Abstracts is an official UQ School of Medicine publication with an ISBN reference. A copy of the conference proceedings is available at:
For more information, please contact Professor Mieke van Driel