The Child and Adolescent Health PhD Program provides you with a training and support framework to complement your PhD. Participating in the Program will enhance your graduate research experience, assist with timely completion and develop your future career options.
Join more than 200 graduate researchers at the Melbourne Children’s Campus undertaking research to improve child and adolescent health. The Child and Adolescent Health PhD Program will be offered to all graduate researchers undertaking a PhD on our campus.
The Melbourne Children’s Campus is a fully integrated paediatric teaching hospital, university department and research institute. Our research streams are in cell biology, genetics, clinical sciences, population health and infection & immunity. We undertake cross-disciplinary research in clinical trials, genomics, stem cell medicine, global health, life-course (longitudinal population) studies, health services research, digital health and data science.
By participating in this multidisciplinary Program, you will:
- Learn to ask scientific questions, design research projects and translate discoveries into practice
- Understand how your research intersects with other research disciplines that seeks to improve child and adolescent health
- Understand the changing health needs across the life course, the importance of being a child health advocate, and the health system in which your research is situated
- Have opportunities to work with an industry partner on a research challenge.
While you undertake your PhD, you will have the opportunity to participate in a coordinated training program and gain knowledge in the breadth of disciplines from global health, genomics, bioinformatics, health services research to digital health.
Develop your research capability
- Ethics of research with children and adolescents
- Qualitative research methods
- Clinical trial design and research in child and adolescent populations
- Managing data and privacy
- Translating research into health outcomes
Hone your writing and communication skills
- Social media skills
- Engaging with the media
- Data presentation
- Publishing your research
Acquire transferable skills that will accelerate your career
- Progress planning and project management
- Teamwork and collaboration
- Time management.
We have partnered with the Australian Postgraduate Research Internship (APRIntern) program to offer internships for eligible graduate researchers. Participating graduate researchers are paid a stipend to work with an industry partner for 3 to 5 months.
Melbourne Children’s Campus Research Students Association (RSA)
The Melbourne Children’s Campus Research Students Association (RSA) is a student-led body supported by the Department of Paediatrics and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, which provides academic and social support for all research students on the Melbourne Children’s Campus. The RSA organises frequent social events, workshops and opportunities for students to showcase their work. They represent students on a number of Melbourne Children’s committees and represent the campus at University of Melbourne events. They also organise the Postgraduate Retreat and manage the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) sessions.
Newly enrolled graduate researchers can sign up to the peer mentoring program run by the Department of Paediatrics and RSA. The aim is to link new graduate researchers with students in their second or third year.
Your PhD experience will be enriched by joining a large and active group of graduate researchers working towards a doctorate in child and adolescent health. Your connection with your peers, as well as the expertise of clinicians and researchers at the Melbourne Children’s Campus, will expose you to the many disciplines involved in achieving better health outcomes, and the many employment options possible through interdisciplinary engagement.
You will be supported to develop research capabilities specific to child and adolescent health and skills in communication and project management to use wherever your career takes you.
As a member of the graduate researcher group, you will help shape the program and activities on offer.
Recent PhD graduates have been awarded:
- a competitive Fellowship to undertake ground-breaking genomic research at Yale University
- a national Public Sector Innovation Award for a new digital platform to monitor pharmaceutical supplies in lower resource countries
- the Gustav Nossal Award, for the highest ranked application for an NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship in the field of medical and dental research.
To be eligible to participate in this PhD Program, you must be a currently enrolled University of Melbourne PhD candidate undertaking your research on the Melbourne Children’s Campus. Simply get in touch with us to join the program.
Students enrolled through the Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne are automatically enrolled in the Child and Adolescent Health PhD Program.
If you are not a currently enrolled PhD candidate, you will need to apply for admission to a PhD degree. For more information on how to apply, go to How to Apply Graduate Research or How to Apply MDHS Doctor of Philosophy.
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